Rev. Tammie Denyse is co-founder and president of Carrie’s TOUCH, a 501(c)3 nonprofit breast cancer organization. Carrie’s TOUCH was established to enrich the lives of Black women diagnosed with the disease. As a 17-year breast cancer survivor, she has spent the past 15 years serving cancer patients and their families through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and re-entry after treatment.
Rev. Tammie’s contribution to breast cancer has been recognized globally. She is an expert in the field of breast cancer and Black women and is the co-principal investigator for Project SOAR (Speaking Our African American Realities) in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which examines the unique experiences of African American women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. She has also created and implemented numerous awareness, education, and support programs, such as UC Davis Cancer Center Peer Navigator Program, Carrie’s TOUCH Breast Cancer Exposed project, H.O.P.E. Peer/Nurse Navigator program in Ghana, West Africa, Survive and Thrive Breast Cancer App. Rev. Tammie is also a published author: The Unmet Needs of African American Women with Breast Cancer, The Meaning of Survivorship as Defined by African American Breast Cancer Survivors, and The Power of Hope: Reclaiming Life After Tragedy.
Rev. Tammie earned her degree in Human and Community Services from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, and a Master of Divinity and a Master in Community Leadership from the Berkeley School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. She is an Indianapolis native and currently resides in Sacramento, CA. Rev. Tammie is an ordained minister, nonprofit executive, coach, TEDx and international speaker, and bestselling author.