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About Us

About The Arc Mid-South

Turning Interest into Action

Here at The Arc Mid-South, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change. Since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress.

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. The Arc Mid-South emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community and out of a desire for actions to speak louder than words.


What We Believe In

It is so easy to fall into a pattern of apathy as we go through our lives. Our organization was born out of a commitment to stop passing over the real issues of society, and deal with them head on. We have set out to aid those who need it most. The Arc Mid-South is here to help, and we believe that change is possible when we put our hearts and minds to it.

Meet the Team

Carlene Leaper Executive Director, Arc Mid-South

Carlene I. Leaper


Thank you for visiting our website.  There are several links to important information about The Arc Mid-South’s programs and services.

As Executive Director, I believe it is vital for you to have an easy and effective way to reach me and other staff.  The Arc Mid-South works to establish policies and programs that include people with intellectual disabilities in society. These programs improve quality of life and help create supportive environments that empower people with intellectual disabilities to lead independent, self-determined lives. Should you need further assistance, please call or visit my office.


Carlene I. Leaper
T 901.327.2473 ext. 102 | F 901.259.9948

Ruth Kirby

Business Manager

Karen McQueen

Program Manager

Brandi Sharp

Quality Assurance Manager

Sandra Watkins

Fiscal Manager

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