Board of Directors

Reverend Tammie Denyse, Co-Founder & President

Tammie Denyse was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. This diagnosis led her to take a deep dive into finding out about this disease and the resources and information available to African American women. At that time she was also working on her Masters at St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California, and she was required to manage a community project as part of her graduation requirement. She decided to spread the word that early detection saves lives. She targeted the African American faith-based community and designed an informative hand fan that appealed to her audience. She then launched a campaign to distribute the fans in seven Sacramento Valley churches. The response was astounding. Comments like, “I didn’t know that I was really supposed to do those exams every month,” and “That machine hurts too bad” made her aware that as her project was coming to an end, her real work was just beginning. Thus, Carrie’s TOUCH, Inc. was born.  Greetings from Reverend Tammie

 

 

David B. DeLuz, Treasurer

David DeLuz comes to the Carrie’s TOUCH, Inc. Board of Directors with over 15 years of progressively responsible executive leadership, policy and program management experience as a chief executive and senior leader in community development, education and non-profit organizations. Professionally, David currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the California School Boards Association, where his is responsible for developing key relationships and partnerships focused on helping school districts do everything they can to ensure that every child has access to a high quality education. He also served as the President and CEO of the Greater Sacramento Urban League, where he led efforts to advocate for and assist hundreds of individuals and families to advance economically through education, job training and financial empowerment.  David has served as a dedicated volunteer for Carries TOUCH, Inc. since its founding, and supported his wife Denise during her term as Carries TOUCH, Inc. board chair. David and his wife Denise live in Natomas and have been married 19 years. Their son Jesse Henderson lives in Baton Rouge, and they are grandparents to two amazing little ones, Harmony and Huey Henderson.

 

 

Clanci Cochran, Secretary

Clanci Cochran brings more than 10 years of nonprofit experience to her support of Carrie’s TOUCH. She is honored to serve as a board member at large for the organization co-founded by her mother, Lynne Rankin-Cochran. Lynne’s legacy is carried forward by her four children, her granddaughter, and her grandsons. Clanci is a proud sister and aunt. After graduating from Elk Grove High School, Clanci studied English at Spelman College, and became engaged in national service while spending two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. Clanci worked on recruitment and fundraising for City Year Seattle and Sacramento, before becoming a senior admissions manager for AmeriCorps members at Reading Partners in Oakland. Clanci continues her work at Reading Partners as a human resources professional. She is currently a graduate student at the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

 

 

 

Derrick Winrow, Sr., Board Member

Derrick Winrow, Sr. has over 24 years of experience in the IT field, having held a multitude of technical, supervisory, and managerial positions. He is currently a Sr. Client Support Service Manager with Diamond Foods, a snack food and culinary nut company. His areas of responsibility are the management of the Helpdesk staff, Desktop support technicians and mailroom operations. His teams support various locations throughout the state and country. Despite a busy schedule, he dedicates time to community service; he finds it rewarding to foster characteristics, like responsibility, integrity, teamwork, and commitment. His wife is a nine-year breast cancer survivor and they’ve been happily married for 23 years with two wonderful children.

 

Reverend Ada Renee Williams, Board Member

The Reverend Ada Renée Williams, Minister of Social Justice & Civic Engagement at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Md. is an Itinerant Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Williams holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Ca., certificates in Black Church Africana Religious Studies and Women’s Studies in Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where she is currently a Doctor of Philosophy student in Black Church/Africana Religious Studies and Womanist Ethics. Williams is a scholar-activist and the founder of the Pastoral Care: Black Trauma Network. Follow her on Twitter at @revsistahgirl or on IG @zora_writes

 

 

Anna Wright, 8-Year Breast Cancer Survivor & Support Group Executive Team Lead

 

Lillian Winrow, 9-Year Breast Cancer Survivor & Support Group Lead