2 people join IU Simon Cancer Center

INDIANAPOLIS -- (Nov. 19, 2007) – Two people have joined the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.


Jill Henry has been named the chief operating officer of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center and V. Kay Guidry-Jones has been named an oncology social worker with the IU Simon Cancer Center’s CompleteLife team.

The tissue bank is a collection of blood and breast samples taken primarily from women without breast cancer. To understand what is abnormal in breast cancer, researchers first need to know what is normal. The tissue bank makes healthy breast tissue available to researchers who want to identify markers for breast cancer risk and to better understand the molecular changes which cause or enable the uncontrolled growth that is breast cancer. 


An active volunteer with the Indianapolis affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Henry holds an MBA from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University.


As an oncology social worker, Guidry-Jones will provide emotional and psychosocial support to cancer patients and their families and connect patients to valuable community resources. Guidry-Jones also will serve as a facilitator for First Mondays, a monthly support group program open to anyone diagnosed with cancer as well as their families.


A licensed social worker, Guidry-Jones holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in social work from Indiana University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Indiana Association of Oncology Social Workers, and the Association of Oncology Social Workers.