Each year Duke pays special tribute to faculty and staff celebrating career service milestones. This special fraternity is known as Duke Stars. This year’s inductees include Antoinette “Toni” Pierce, whose dedicated service has spanned more than two decades.
“I really like what I do,” said Pierce, who serves as an assistant for Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, and M. LeAnn Hinson, RN, MSN. “I learn something new daily. Each day is different from the day before, and that’s important to me. It’s also important to me that I feel like I’m a part of a team. Here at Duke my contributions, combined with those of others, have an impact on cancer care at Duke.”
Pierce, the married mother of two, first joined Duke University in 1990 after graduating from North Carolina Central University. She began her career in the Clinical Neurophysiology Department. After several years, the Stem, North Carolina, resident made her way to oncology, first working in Hematology Oncology in 1992 and two years later, in Surgical Oncology. She joined the DCI’s senior administration team in 2012 where she now supports Gosselin in her role as associate chief nursing officer and assistant vice president for the DCI and DUHS; and Hinson in her role as the chief human resources officer for DCI and Duke Medicine.
“I am fortunate to work with Toni,” Gosselin said. “Her demeanor, juggling meetings, communication and overall attitude always make my day better no matter how busy I am. I respect her many talents, but most of all her faith in that things have a way of working out.”
Duke Stars inductees with service milestones of 10, 15 and 20 years are recognized with at invitational luncheon reception. Those celebrating 25 years or more are honored at a dinner dance. Last year, more than 2,680 employees celebrated more than 10 years of service.
"Each year during our Duke Stars events, we recognize faculty and staff who are celebrating important career service milestones,” said Denise Evans, assistant vice president, Human Resources. “While the average tenure for most employers is only a few years, I think it speaks well of Duke that the type of professionals we attract come, stay and invest the majority of their careers here where they can make a difference in the lives of others."
Duke Stars is a part of Duke Appreciation 2015. Pierce will be recognized at the 2015 Duke Stars dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 13, the Washington Duke Inn. To extend a congratulatory message, please comment below or email Toni Pierce.