David Mills, Chair
David Mills is Chair of the Johnston Health Foundation. He received undergraduate and law degrees from Campbell University and began practicing law in 1991 in Smithfield. Mr. Mills has served on the boards of the Johnston County Tourism Authority, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation, and the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired in 2007. He also chairs the Trustees Committee of Centenary United Methodist Church and is Vice-Chair of its Finance Committee.
Stewart McLeod, Vice Chair
Stewart McLeod is the former publisher and owner of the Clayton News-Star and advertising director with the News and Observer. After 38 years in the newspaper business, he has ventured into commercial and residential real estate investments. He and his wife, Tammy, reside in Clayton and have two daughters, Hilary and Caroline. Mr. McLeod is a graduate of UNC Wilmington. He is active at First Baptist Church of Clayton and is a member of the Clayton Rotary Club. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting.
Jim Jenkins, Treasurer
Jim Jenkins is retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Brogden Mills of Smithfield. He is a current member of the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners. Mr. Jenkins has chaired the Johnston Health Foundation and the committee to build the SECU Hospice House. He is also a member of both the Greater Smithfield-Selma Chamber and the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Jenkins served on the Johnston County Planning Board for 12 years and was Chairman for 10 years. He was the President of the Clayton Rotary Club and was a board member of the Johnston County Partnership for Children.
Scott Tart, Secretary
Scott Tart is a partner with Narron, O’Hale & Whittington, P.A. in Benson. He is a native of Benson and received his undergraduate degree in Government from Campbell University. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and began practicing law in 2001. Mr. Tart has served in numerous capacities with the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce, the Benson Lions Club and the Johnston County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. He is married to Deandra Stewart Tart, an English teacher at Johnston County Middle College High School. They reside in Benson and are active members of Shiloh Baptist Church in the Cleveland community.
Cary Bizzell, MD
Dr. Bizzell is a Smithfield native, and is a musculoskeletal radiologist working at Johnston Medical Center in Clayton and Smithfield. He did his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University, graduating with a chemistry degree with honors. He then received his medical education at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Bizzell did his residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Clayton with his wife, Jackie, and their three children.
Lucy Coats was formerly Director of Anesthesia at Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton, and is a long time member of the Johnston Health Foundation serving as Treasurer for six years and elected as Chair in 2011. A native of Nelson, Virginia, Ms. Coats has lived in the Smithfield area since 1973. Ms. Coats earned her degrees in nursing and anesthesiology from Watts Hospital School of Nursing and Watts School of Anesthesia affiliated with Duke University Health System.
Lynn Daniels, CPA, is a proud graduate of Wake Forest University where she earned a BS in Business Finance. She received her Master of Accountancy from North Carolina State University in 2008. She started her career at CohnReznick, LLP in Charlotte, NC where she worked five years in the Audit Department before returning to the family business. The Daniels own and operate the Super 8 and Sleep Inn & Suites in Smithfield, North Carolina. She currently resides in Johnston County and is an active member of First Baptist Church in Smithfield, the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of Raleigh and a leader in Bible Study Fellowship. Miss Daniels also serves on the Johnston County Tourism Authority board.
Charles W. Elliott, Jr.
Chuck Elliott began his career as a hospital executive after obtaining his Master’s in Health Administration from Georgia State University in 1976. At that time, he entered the U. S. Army’s Medical Service Corps. While on active duty he worked in two military facilities and also obtained a Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Finance. After leaving active duty in 1980, he worked as a CEO and senior executive in several rural and large community hospitals. During his early career, he remained in the army reserve retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Elliott also served as a Group Vice President for Quorum Health Resources, a hospital management company. Prior to joining Johnston Health as President and Chief Executive Officer, he was the CEO of Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Mr. Elliott is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Jason Hardy is a business banker with First Citizens Bank in Smithfield, covering Johnston County. His 15-year career in banking has taught him the value of community service and the understanding that the cornerstone of a strong community is the participation of its citizens on boards and committees that promote positive community development. Mr. Hardy is actively involved with the Partnership for Children of Johnston County, the Hampden-Sydney Alumni Club of the Triangle, and serves as Chairman-Elect of the Public Art Advisory Board for the Town of Clayton. A native of Blacksburg, VA, Mr. Hardy is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and the NC School of Banking at UNC Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Kara, a 4th grade teacher in the Johnston County school system, have lived in Clayton since 2002 where they are raising their two sons, Jackson and Nate.
Tammy W. Holt
Tammy Holt attended Princeton High School and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Barton College in 1985. She has been employed with the State Employees’ Credit Union since 1985. She has served as the treasurer of the Princeton Veteran’s Day Committee, a member of the Board of Directors for the Johnston County Arts Council and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Johnston County Education Foundation.
Kay Kennedy is a native of Johnston County and is married to Bill Kennedy. They currently live in Smithfield. Mrs. Kennedy graduated from Meadow High School and attended Campbell College. She worked for the Department of Community Colleges for 6 years and then worked for 18 years in sales with Moore Business Forms. In 1994, she formed her own Business Forms Co. and also began managing rental property that she had invested in. Kay has served on the Downtown Development Corporation and is currently serving on the Johnston Community College Foundation Golf Committee. Kay is an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church and has served on the Parish Council, Building Committee, and the International Food Festival.
Lillian Lawrence resides in Smithfield with her husband. She and her husband have three children. They are members of Centenary United Methodist Church. Mrs. Lawrence serves as a volunteer at SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health. She is a graduate of Converse College.
Denton Lee is a Group Vice President with First Citizens Bank headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. He manages the Bank’s Operations and the Business Segment for the company. In his Business Segment role Mr. Lee has direct responsibility for the bank’s Business and Treasury Services division, Equipment Finance division, Insurance division, and the International division. In his Operations role he has management responsibilities for Transaction Processing, Loan and Deposit Operations, the Customer Call Center, and Branch Services. Mr. Lee is a member of the Bank’s Executive Leadership Team and heads up the Acquisition Leadership Team.Mr. Lee has 41 years of banking and bank operations experience. A native of Smithfield, he joined First Citizens Bank in 1994. He is a U.S. Army veteran, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the BAI School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife Jane, their two children and four grandchildren reside in the Cleveland Community. He is a past president of the Johnston Community College Foundation.
Karen Lippitt’s career started as a Registered Nurse with nine years of experience in CardioThoracic and Trauma ICU. Mrs. Lippitt then worked in Orthopedic Medical Equipment sales, Home IV Therapy, as a Multiple Sclerosis patient and family mentor, and in her husband’s medical practice. She has also earned her Legal Nurse Consultant certificate and her real estate broker’s license. Her volunteer activities include assisting in her children’s secondary school, 10 years as Johnston County Girl Scout Cookie manager, member of Johnston County Mental Health Association, Johnston Medical Hospital Foundation Board and volunteer with First Presbyterian Preschool. She and her husband have 3 children and have resided in Smithfield for 27 years.
Mike Marvel and his wife Pam have been residents of Clayton for the past thirty three years and have been very active in the Clayton community. Mr. Marvel is the general manager of Pine Hollow Golf Club in Clayton, NC. He is the owner and manager of numerous commercial properties in North Carolina. He is also a three time past president of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and has also served as a Director on the Chamber Board. Mr. Marvel is very committed to charitable needs of the community and the growth of Johnston health. He has served on numerous committees of organizations to address those needs.
Kyle McDermott is Vice President of Support Services at Johnston Health. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and received his MBA from Campbell University. Mr. McDermott is a member of the Johnston County United Way Board and Johnston County Local Emergency Planning Board.
Julia Walsh Narron is a Richmond, Virginia native and educated at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a Master’s degree in Education from UNC at Chapel Hill. She and her husband reside in Smithfield. Most of her working career was with Nation’s Bank, a predecessor of Bank of America, as an Area Manager and Vice President. Mrs. Narron is on the Boards of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation and the Historic Properties Commission.
Jeff Navarro began his career with Edward Jones in 2009 as a financial advisor in Selma and then opened a new office in Smithfield in early 2014. He graduated in 2002 from N.C. State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Mr. Navarro is an active member of the community, currently serving as a board member for the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also an active member at First Baptist Church in Smithfield, serving in the children and family ministries. He is past president for Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and has served with the Selma Lions Club.
Cliff Painter retired from Four Oaks Bank & Trust Company in 2014 after serving the bank for 28 years. He served as Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Credit Officer. Upon retirement, he started Cliff Painter Consulting. He is a native of Johnston County. He graduated from Clayton High School and North Carolina State University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program through the NC School of Banking. Mr. Painter has been active in the community throughout his career. He has served as a Director of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Clayton Civitan Club, Director of the Ava Gardner Museum, Treasurer of the Johnston Health Foundation and as a Director for the Archer Lodge Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Painter is active at Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church where he is a Deacon, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and teaches Sunday School. He and his wife Debbie live in Archer Lodge and have one son and daughter in law.
Jeff D. Pope
Jeff graduated from Smithfield-Selma High School in 1975. He completed NC School of Banking 3 year curriculum and Advanced Management Program. He has 30 years of banking experience. He is the executive vice-president and chief banking officer of Four Oaks Bank. Some of his community activities include being on the Johnston County Community College Foundation Board of Directors and participating on several committees to raise money to build the SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health.
Jonathan Walker has worked in Johnston County for over 11 years with Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, serving as Director of Standards and Optimization. A former US Army Captain, Mr. Walker graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Management Information Systems and received his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Mabel Yelvington served Johnston Health for 35 years, in the capacities of Nurse Executive and as Senior Vice President during her final 12 years of employment. She is a board member of the Day-by-Day Treatment Center and the Johnston Community College Health Advisory Board. Mrs. Yelvington is a graduate of UNC at Chapel Hill. She has served as a Johnston County Library Trustee, a member of the UNC School of Nursing Alumni Board, North Carolina Nursing Administrators Executive Board, and Triangle Nursing Administrators. Mrs. Yelvington has been honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina.
Emeritus Board Members
Woodrow Batten, MD
Dr. Woodrow Batten, a Micro native, has practiced internal medicine in Smithfield since 1949 and served on the original medical committee when Johnston Memorial Hospital was opened in 1951. Dr. Batten is a graduate of Wake Forest College and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine matriculating as a member of the medical school’s first freshman class in 1941. Dr. Batten and his wife live in Smithfield and are life-long members of First Baptist Church.
Mr. John Hobart
John D. Hobart is the founding chairman of Johnston Health Foundation. He is a graduate of Davidson College and received the Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University. Having come to Johnston County in 1969 as Dean of Student Affairs at Johnston Community College, he retired in 1990 and later served on its Board of Trustees. He is past chair of the Johnston County Board of Social Services, the North Carolina Museum of Natural History Advisory Commission, founder of the Johnston Arts Council, and past president of the Smithfield Rotary Club. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine was conferred on him in 2002. He now enjoys delivering “Meals on Wheels”.