Conner Creek Cancer Action Council


Conner Creek Cancer Action Council (originally hosted by the Voices of Detroit Initiative).

Read about the early activities of this group in this report:  PCORI-Detroit-HealthLink-Final-Report-Feb-2019.pdf (235 downloads)


Anita Y. Orr

Detroit Native

Former DPS Speech & Language Therapist

B.A. Western Michigan University

M.S. University of Michigan

Vision to serve as a conduit for current and accurate information on cancer and its research to disseminate to the community and help act upon identified needs.

Current Affiliations:

  • Michigan Speech, Language, Hearing Foundation
  • Foster Care Review Board
Claire Marie Clark-Carlisle

NSO-ABA Tech & Educator, married with 1 son

B.A. Mary Grove College

Masters of Education

Vision to spread information on cancer to the community to work and grow together.

Current Affiliations:

  • Hard Court Hitter non-profit helps the whole family by building technology, education, fitness throughout community schools, churches, etc.
Deborah Stewart Anderson

Detroit native and graduate from Detroit Public Schools, community organizer, educator and advocate for the underserved.

Major in Instructional Technology & Design

Masters of Education from Wayne State University

Vision is to develop and disseminate educational material   regarding cancer to her community. Designing educational presentations appropriate for lay person in relation to aspects of cancer prevention, detection, and care.

Current Affiliations:

  • Center for Progressive Leadership
  • Opportunity Nation Leader for Michigan
  • Impact Detroit
  • Mothering Justice
  • MSU Great Lakes Leadership Academy
Elaine Stanley 

Survivor of Breast and twice Lung Cancer

Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother

Vision to help her community understand that there are resources & assistance available to learn more about cancer

Current Affiliations:

  • Sister’s Network Detroit Chapter
Geneva Archie

B.A. Business

Vision to fully understand how research is conducted and the benefits and success of research in regards to cancer

Current Affiliations:

  • Involvement with church support group
  • Services for senior citizen assistance
  • Work with homeless and troubled youth
Madeline Bialecki

Detroit native, graduate from Osborn High School

Past directorship at Philadelphia area non-profits Citizen Advocacy, Cabrini Mission Corps and the Delaware County Literacy Council

B.A. Honors English Villanova University

M.A. Religious Studies Villanova University

Vision to learn more about the needs of people in her community that have been touched by cancer and how The Lake House can help meet those needs.

Current Affiliations:

  • Executive Director of The Lake House Cancer Support Center
Moriah L. Peoples

Born and raised in Detroit

Lay Health Advisor for Witness Project for 3 years

Passion for learning to work with those afflicted with cancer with goal to attend medical school and become and Oncologist Physician Executive.

B.S. Biochemistry University of Michigan-Dearborn
B.A. Health Policy Studies University of Michigan-Dearborn

M.B.A at the University of Detroit Mercy ( Master of Business Administration) December 2018
M.H.S.A at the University of Detroit Mercy (Master of Health Services Administration) May 2018


Vision for the organization to become a leader in cancer outreach initiatives in the City of Detroit, awaken and invigorate interest of the youth and young adults to get involved in supporting the fight against cancer.

Vera Bailey

Peer Advisor for young, pregnant women.

Vision to inspire all people about the importance of health and trust to pursue where to find help and resources for their needs.

Current Affiliations:

  • Krangwood Associates
  • Farewell Community Center
Veronica Dozier 

Beauty School Instructor

Hairdresser at 3 local schools for students to help make their days better

Passion about service work

High School Graduate

Vision to learn more about cancer and resources available to educate and share information with others in the community.

Current Affiliations:

  • Distribution of food from various pantries to senior citizens with mobility/access issues
Victoria Griffin

Community Advocate & Activist

B.A. Finance Wayne State University

M.B.A. University of Detroit

Vision to educate the community about cancer and prevention to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Current Affiliations:

  • Women of AT&T
  • Sister’s Network Detroit
Victoria Gunn

Associates Degree Liberal Arts

Vision to help her community and family with the knowledge she is gaining from the Cancer Action Council to inform others about cancer.

Current Affiliations:

  • President Christion Women Unity
  • Deaconess
  • Usher Board #2