Executive Director - Carlene Leaper

Message from the Executive Director:

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, 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.

See the specific links above to read more about the agency and other community news. Should you need further assistance, please call or visit my office.


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


Board Members

Connie Booker
Owner, LegalShield

Lester Brown
Vice President
Vice President, Relationship Manager
First Tennessee Bank

Corey Young

Corey T. Young
Professional Musician

Andrea Goodman
Human Resource Consultant

D. Anderson

Diane Anderson
Board Member
Patient Advocate

Shirley P. Cobbins
Board Member
Universal Commercial
Real Estate, Resource Volunteer

Kathleen Gomes

Judge Kathleen Gomes
Board Member
Chair, Community Education
Shelby County Probate Court

Terrence Green
Board Member
Associate Minister
Brown Missionary Baptist Church

Florence Howard

Florence M. Howard
Board Member
Chair, Public Awareness
President, Secret Shop Communicators

Claudia Espinoza de Posada
Board Member
Parent Advocate

Board of Directors

Merle Smith
Board Member
Retired/Volunteer Work

Dr. Sharon Webb
Board Member
Senior pastor of the Life Changing Word Ministries



Management Staff

Ruth Kirby - Business Manager

Karen McQueen- Program Manager


Brandi Sharp - Quality Assurance Manager

Sandra Watkins - Fiscal Manager


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