mary-clayton-headshot-150x150Mary Clayton, Raleigh NC Regional Representative

Mary Clayton is excited to be joining Cancer Companions as their first Regional Representative.  Working with those for whom cancer is part of the fabric of their lives has been a long time commitment for Mary.  That journey began when she was practicing as a Physician Assistant in medical oncology in New York and later felt the call to help start an inpatient respite unit for Montifiore Hospice. Since retiring from medical practice, Mary has found many opportunities to volunteer with Hospice of Wake County, Alliance Medical Ministry, and with her home church’s Health Ministries at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mary and her husband Jack love living in Raleigh and have found it a great place to raise their three adult sons, Zach, John and Will.

To contact Mary, email her at [email protected]

Lauren Floyd, Raleigh NC Regional Representative

My name is Lauren Floyd and I currently reside in Garner, NC. As a young girl, I grew up in a faith-filled home with supportive Christian parents. They instilled in me the desire to “Be a Light” in a lost world. After graduating in 2003 from UNC-Pembroke, I entered the field of Education with a single mission in mind: To shape and mold young lives and to make a lasting difference. I served in the classroom for several years, but down the road I felt Spirit-led to begin a new career. I soon took on the role of ‘Qualified Professional’ responsible for enhancing the lives of the ‘Developmentally-Disabled’. This position was truly rewarding and life-changing. God’s Spirit through me was able to restore Joy in brokenness, shine Hope into loneliness and spread the unconditional love of Jesus at every turn. At the present time, I am leading a business of my own called “The Gifted Guys & Gals.” This program offers a creative, hands-on approach to learning and is designed for children/teens between the ages of 5-17. Areas of expertise include Vocal Coaching, Public Speaking, Confidence-Building and One-to-One Mentoring. As I seek to carry out this God-inspired Ministry, I am reminded of a Scripture that has become a ‘Life Verse’ for all my students: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). I am beyond excited to begin this brand-new journey as Regional Representative for Cancer Companions! I lift my hands in Praise to say, “Here I am Lord, Use me.”

To contact Lauren, email her at [email protected]

Sarah Kivett 2Sarah Kivett, BSN, RN, OCN, Statesville NC Regional Representative

Sarah Kivett is a Registered Nurse who has been working with oncology patients and their families since 1985. She is currently the Oncology Nurse Director at Iredell Health System in Statesville, North Carolina. She began her nursing career specifically stating that she was not interested working with cancer patients, however, she was working full time in an oncology clinic within one year, showing that God’s plans for her were stronger than her own. She has continued her work with oncology patients and families since that time. She was drawn to Cancer Companions because of the support it gives survivors who often experience distress during their journey. The program gives them a concrete study tool they can use to answer questions they have spiritually and still remain close to the Lord. As a nurse, providing patients with tools to cope and address their illness is so much of what we do. Spirituality is so much a part of healing, whether survivors are believers or not. Being a part of Cancer Companions gives that structure to support and reveal God and His grace to each and every survivor. Having a small part in that journey with them is a blessing within itself.

Sarah graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Western Carolina University. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse and a member of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the National Oncology Nursing Society. She is a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and coordinates the church’s cancer ministry.

Sarah and her husband of 29 years, Steve, live in Statesville, NC and have three children.

To contact Sarah, email her at [email protected]

Val Collins 2Dr. Valerie Collins, Maryland Regional Representative

Dr. Collins migrated from Bermuda to North America to study radiological science several years ago. While there she met her life partner Zeus and moved to Maryland where they attend New Covenant Community Church. Always a  proponent of community health initiatives, she participates in fitness, health, homeless, and recovery programs. Recently, Dr. Collins conducted health research in Baltimore. Her focus was the church’s role in advocacy, especially relating to health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Collins believes that her steps are ordered by God, and that her connection with Cancer Companions confirms her faith-inspired path to assist her community through Christ-centered support. She anticipates God’s favor and a great impact on families through the expansion of Cancer Companions in the Maryland region.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

To contact Valerie, email her at [email protected]

Pic - Lashonia Childs 2LaShonia Childs, Georgia Regional Representative

I often tell people that I am a Christian in training because I am learning something new about our Savior daily.  I am 42 years old and reside in Macon, Georgia (“The Peach State”).   I have my Bachelors of Science in Public/ Human Services with a minor in Psychology from Macon State College.  I have a Masters in Healthcare Administration/Education from the University of Phoenix and completed all my coursework for my PhD program and working on my dissertation at Capella. I have worked in healthcare for over 10 years and in social services for about 8 years. I have a great passion for helping others. I am the CEO of Limitless Coaching. I do Motivational Speaking to large or small groups, churches, schools, housing communities, and several local businesses here in Middle Georgia. Recently, I have developed a non profit organization called Mendding the Gapp.  I am currently a coordinator for an after school program and an independent contractor for ComPsych. I work at the Kohl’s DC where I provide resources to the associations at the warehouse.  My hobbies include reading, shopping, bowling, traveling, going to the movies, and spending time with my family and friends.   “ Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”, (1 Thessalonians 5:11).   “I CAN DO All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens ME” – Philippians 4:13

To contact LaShonia, email her at [email protected]