Melissa Bellamy, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Growing up in a family home was wonderful until Melissa became a teenage mother and had to place a hold on her own dreams. But after 10 years of working and providing and getting settled in life, this was truly a time to move forward.
Melissa is a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing in May of 2012. Later, in 2016, after just having a new bundle of joy, she decided to further her nursing education. Melissa has always wanted to do more since the day she became a Registered Nurse. Working as a full time RN, being a mother of 4, a wife, and a graduate student came with many sacrifices. With great perseverance, and determination, Melissa was able to finish all the courses on time and she graduated from Walden University on August 12, 2018 with her MSN degree with a specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Deborah M. Crawford BSN RN
Working in healthcare was inevitable for Deborah. Once she donned her candy striper’s uniform at the age of 12, walked into the hospital; often going in when she was not scheduled to do so, she fell in love. Her path to becoming a nurse took some detours when she decided to major in journalism instead of nursing. It was her mom who reminded her how much she’d loved being a candy striper and shortly thereafter Deborah changed her major from journalism to nursing.
Deborah has worked in healthcare for 25 years. She has worked her way through the ranks working first as a CNA, Unit Secretary, LPN and now RN. She obtained her BSN from Winston Salem State University where she was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Deborah’s passions include end of life care, patient advocacy, community activism and community service; locally, nationally and abroad. She served with the Red Cross following hurricane Katrina, has participated in mission trips with her church and serves regularly with Second Harvest Food Bank Metrolina, Habitat for Humanity and The Samaritan House. Deborah is a southern girl at heart and was born and raised in Louisiana. She resides in Charlotte, NC and is a wife of 31 years, mother of two and grandmother of three.
Tamika Williams, ADN, RN
Tamika has worked in healthcare for greater than 20 years. Originally a Biology major in college, life took several detours. Tamika worked as a CNA for many years before returning to school to become a LPN & most recently obtained her associates in Nursing becoming a RN. In addition to Black Nurses Rock Greater Charlotte, Tamika serves as an associate minister at New Beginning Missionary Baptist church in Concord NC. Tamika is a mother to three awesome children. Her motto for ministry and life includes being humble to call placed on her life and exceeding every expectation.
Simone Bailey, BSN, RN
Treasurer / Director of Scholarships
Simone was born in Guyana, South America and moved to the US at the age of 6. Simone lived in New York until she joined the Navy at age 17. She later moved back to Brooklyn after serving 4 years. After 9/11, she decided to move to North Carolina. Simone had a good friend from the military who lived here. Simone eventually went to school and received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Then 1 year later, she went back and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from WSSU. Simone is happily married to Steve Bailey, a proud mother of three boys and has one adorable grandson.
Danette Hampton, LPN
Membership Director BNR Greater Charlotte
Born in Baltimore MD and migrating south to eventually live in Concord NC, Danette is no stranger to healthcare. Being in the industry for over 28 years and first working as a CNA. Danette decided to return to school at St Mary’s Hospital and Henrico County school of Practical Nursing in Highland Springs VA to further her career. The same day her youngest son began kindergarten, Danette began the nursing program. Within the 23 years as an LPN Danette has served in a variety of healthcare settings such as acute care, home health, VA medical centers spinal cord injury unit, long term care rehab as well as assisted living. Developing a passion for the elderly Danette found this was her desired specialty, even managing a 25 bed Alzheimer’s unit. Again, returning to school, Danette was inducted into The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement program. Recently completing studies to hold a certificate as an HIV Prevention Certified Provider.
Danette is also one of the original founding members of BNRGC. Other community affiliations are Lambda Psi Nu, and Boy Scouts of America. She now has worked as a travel nurse throughout the United States for the past 6 years. She enjoys, caring for others, educating, traveling, working, meeting new people and exploring different cultures. Now happily married to Joe Hampton, they share 7 children together. She is a firm believer of serving others in order to advance and or enhance personal fulfillment of those being served.