Karmanos Cancer Institute Cancer Action Council


Read about the early activities of this group in this report:   PCORI-Detroit-HealthLink-Final-Report-Feb-2019.pdf (223 downloads)

Karmanos Cancer Institute Cancer Action Council members:

Brenda Boyd

An educator, optimistic, hardworking, single mother with goals to make good things happen.

M.S. Nursing, Breast Cancer Specialist Certification

Vision to help develop a research project that can be put into practice for all stakeholders involved in medicine and health.

Current Affiliations:

  • KCI Young Living Associate and Nurse Practice Council
  • Volunteer for Susan G. Komen Medical Team (8+ Years)
Brenda Chambers Threatt

9 Year Breast Cancer Survivor

Married mother of 3 and grandmother of 1

B.S. Bowling Green State University in Accounting

M.B.A. University of Toledo in Accounting

Vision to spread word about prevention, detection and treatment of cancer within the community.

Current Affiliations:·

  • First Baptist Church of Detroit
  • National Congress of Black Women
Brenda Zabaroni
Christina Zuniga

Henry Ford Community College

Vision to become an outreach specialist for all cancer patients from the time of diagnosis through therapy and follow-up.

Current Affiliations:

  • Karmanos Cancer Institute Employee
  • LA ZED for the Hispanic population
  • Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Edward Conner Jr.

Vision to provide research and awareness about cancer to community partners by promoting wellness & longevity to create substantive changes in the community through education and action.

Current Affiliations:

  • Boys 2 Books Program literacy & mentoring for males
  • Osborn Business Association community-based business organization that aims to stimulate economic growth & development
Gretta Gatzke-Delabbio

Mother is a Breast Cancer Survivor

Lifelong devotion to making a difference in people’s lives, instilled values of compassion to give back to the community. Nurse that has facilitated cancer infusion treatments.

B.S. Nursing Lake Superior State University (1986)

Vision to create a manifesto and vision that will effectuate a compassion plan to explore ways for improved delivery of healthcare to those in need.

Current Affiliations:

  • IMCO Homecare-Advisory Board of Directors
  • Detroit Chapter for IV Nursing
  • Hurley Hospital Teen Heart Check Screening
  • Chris 4 Life & Colon Cancer Alliance Fundraising
  • Lake Shannon Water Ski Club
  • John Catholic Church, Fenton, MI
Kayla Clermont

CT Technologist at Karmanos Cancer Institute providing care for cancer patients, survivors and their family and friends

B.S. Radiologic Technology Wayne State University

Vision to help better serve the community affected by cancer with a passion to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, survivors, family and friends with loved ones affected by this disease.

Current Affiliations:

  • Vice President of Minds Matter Detroit-3-year program to help underprivileged Detroit students gain admission into top universities through academics, soft-skills coaching, mentoring and summer program opportunities
Linda Huff

Masters in Organizational Leadership

Vision to help map and expand existing research studies, services and programs, assist in implementation of new programs to support patients and their families from diagnosis through survivorship.

Current Affiliations:

  • Greater Detroit Area Health Council
  • HFHS Interfaith Health Coalition
  • SSHMS Faith Initiative
  • BCBSM Blue’s Challenge Health & Wellness
Megan Carolin

American Cancer Society Hospital Systems Representative

Bachelor’s Degree Western Michigan University

Vision to determine the needs of cancer patients and caregivers in Detroit to come up with a tangible way to assess those needs.

Current Affiliations:

  • Sisters of Mercy-linked to several community organizations
Megan Wyse

Passion for science & cancer research

Karmanos Cancer Institute Phase 1 Clinical Trials Department Employee

Biology tutor

B.S. Molecular Biology & Chemistry Ohio Northern University

PhD Cancer Biology & Biochemistry University of Toledo

Vision to help share knowledge, resources and research with the Greater Detroit Area, while inspiring to bring hope to those in need.

Shoma Pal

Marketing consultant for a physical therapy clinic

Lead for corporate community health initiatives targeting low-income youth related to domestic violence, tobacco prevention, obesity

Strategist for healthcare access for uninsured by leading outreach and policy groups

B.S. Psychology University of Michigan

M.P.H. Epidemiology University of Michigan

M.B.A. Marketing Research Michigan State University

Vision to mitigate the gaps that exist for access to providers, healthcare, social and financial support and information as it relates to cancer in SE Michigan specifically to lend a voice to caregivers and SE Asians.

Current Affiliations:

  • Board Chair for Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program (WC SAFE) provide rape survivors support, counseling and advocacy for sexual assault victims at no cost.
  • BICHITRA Principal Endower-fundraising for charities in India, Bangladesh, SE Michigan
Yolanda Clay