Valerie Clark Worthy, President
Valarie Clark Worthy has been a registered nurse for over 33 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 15 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 12th 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 23 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.
Tanya Blue, Secretary-Treasurer
Tanya Blue is a graduate of Montclair State University, in Montclair, NJ with a BFA in Theatrical Design and Production. She worked on Broadway for 13 years before relocating to North Carolina a few years ago.
Tanya is an 11 year breast cancer survivor and her verse through this battle was "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14.
Since moving to NC, Tanya has become an active member of Sisters Network Triangle NC, volunteering for the Look Good Feel Better program at Durham Regional Hospital and Hope for The Journey Cancer Care Ministry at Baptist Grove Church, where she is a member. Tanya started her own business, Chemo Beauty, where she puts beauty gift boxes together for cancer patients.
Tanya is married to her husband, Adonis Blue and they have a son, Adonis Blue, Jr. They currently resides in Raleigh, NC.
Carla Lewis, Treasurer
Carla D. Lewis, recognized in 1994 as an African American Business Professional, earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Strayer University.
Carla is a survivor who joined Sisters Network in January 2014 after being diagnosed in December 2013 with stage I Triple Negative Breast Cancer. her go to scripture throughout her cancer journey and to this day is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".
Carla is a registered Tax Return Preparer with over 25 years of accounting experience. She has held numerous Treasurer positions. Among these are Treasurer, HHS Class of 1984, (1984 - present), Treasurer of Board of Directors, Genesis Home (1997-1998), Bookkeeper - Calvary Ministries of the West End (1999-2002), and Treasurer, Nicole4Apex Town Council Campaign (2013-present). Carla is an active member of Sisters Network and volunteers with CARE ministry of World Overcomers Christian Church.
Coleen Crespo, Secretary
Coleen Crespo 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 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 seven 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.