Valerie Clark Worthy, President
Valarie Clark Worthy has been a registered nurse for over 31 years and has been employed by Duke University Health System for 10 years. Currently she is a Patient Navigator at the Duke Cancer Institute.
Valarie, a 14 year breast cancer survivor understands the importance of good health and has a passion for getting the word out to the community about early detection and good health practices. In 2003, she along with five breast cancer survivors organized the local chapter of Sisters Network, Inc., a survivorship organization for African American women with breast cancer. Additionally, Valarie and four other North Carolina breast cancer survivors’ stories on detection, treatment and survival are featured on a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC Foundation educational kiosk. This kiosk along with a Button chair (buttons of breast cancer survivors) exhibit travels throughout North Carolina.
A recipient of numerous awards, Valarie most recently received the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Lane Adams Quality of Life Award, which recognizes the unsung heroes of cancer care and are referred to as the “warm hand of service.” The award brings to light the critical role that outstanding caregivers play in the healing process.
In addition to her work with the American Cancer Society, Duke and Sisters Network Triangle NC, Valarie is active in health ministry both in Durham and her hometown, Ahoskie, North Carolina. She is frequently sought after as a dynamic speaker and compassionate healthcare professional.
Dean Johnson, Executive Board Chair
Dean Jeffries Johnson is Co-Founder/Vice-President of Sisters Network Triangle NC. She is President of the SNTNC Board of Directors. Dean was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 26, 2002. Immediately, she knew this diagnosis would change her life and she would make a difference in the community. It did not take long to realize, this area needed a support group for African American women starting this medical journey with breast cancer. Dean has been instrumental in helping our Chapter grow from the faithful six members to over sixty members today.
Dean’s idea of gathering all women together once a year for education, fun, and fellowship led to the success of our Annual Tea for Two Pink Ribbon Awareness Campaign. We are now celebrating our 10th Annual Tea for Two. Our Tea for Two is a model outreach event which other Chapters have successfully adopted.
Dean has been working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Duke Medical Center for 21 years. She enjoys working with the patient and family to determine the problem and work towards a solution during their medical journey. She has received awards, certificates, and honors as a LCSW and her involvement in the Triangle community. Dean graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina Central University. She received a Masters of Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.
She is married to Rev. Keith Johnson and has one son, Patrick. Dean and her family reside in Cary, North Carolina. Dean lives her life through her favorite Bible scripture since she was a child: Psalms 23.
It came in handy when receiving her Breast Cancer diagnosis.
Renee Joyner, Secretary
Renee Joyner joined Sisters Network Triangle NC as a breast cancer survivor in 2004. She has been secretary of the organization since 2009. She is co- chair of the "Tea for Two" Pink Ribbon Awareness Campaign; and chairperson of the "Strutting for the Cure" Fashion Show. She attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a store manager for Dressbarn for 18 years. She is married to Paul Joyner, Jr., has 7 goddaughters, and 2 nieces. Part of her motto in life is not only to positively impact the lives of others from the outside in, but also from the inside out.
Telonya Pinckney, Treasurer
Telonya Tabler-Pinckney has been employed by UNC Hospitals for 13 years. Currently she’s an Administrative Associate at the UNC Hospitals Rheumatology Specialty Clinic.
Telonya, is a 3 year breast cancer survivor and knows that breast cancer is so prevalent that it is hard not to know someone living with the disease. She states, “The fact that I’m a woman is reason enough to volunteer for such an important cause. “
Telonya is active with the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”, CARE Ministry at World Overcomers Christian Church, FORCE “Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered”, and Sisters Network Triangle NC. She and her husband, Joe, have 2 children, Davonte and Chase.
Coleen Crespo-Elliott, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Coleen Crespo-Elliott was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Fayetteville, NC, the oldest of seven children of a military family. She resides in Durham, N.C. and married to Frederick D. Elliott. She has one son, Iverson D. Trollinger, III, who attends Winston Salem State University.
She has earned a B.S. in chemistry with biology minor; and a Master of Information Science from North Carolina Central University. She is certified in Clinical Trials – Data Management.
With 23 years of professional experience, she has been employed the past six years at Duke University. She is a Clinical Researcher Coordinator, III for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and is Patient Advocate for various Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill clinical trials.
The Alliance is a national clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. It seeks to reduce the impact of cancer on people by uniting a broad community of scientists and clinicians committed to discovering, validating and disseminating effective strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer.
She is an active member of Sisters Network Triangle NC. She remains an active member of her local community, volunteering in the public school system and the Church.