Stewart McLeod, 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.
Scott Tart, Vice Chair
Scott Tart 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. Scott resides in Benson with his wife, Deandra Stewart Tart. They are active members of Shiloh Baptist Church in the Cleveland community.
Tammy W. Holt, Secretary
Tammy Holt is a Senior Vice President with State Employees’ Credit Union where she has worked since 1985. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Barton College and currently holds licenses for investments and insurance and her ATFA certificate in trust. Tammy and her husband, David, are natives of Princeton where they currently reside and have one son, Noah. She has served as the treasurer of the Princeton Veteran’s Day Committee, treasurer and member of the Johnston County Arts Council and is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the Johnston County Education Foundation.
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.
Elizabeth Baker is a 16-year veteran of Johnston Community College, where she has served in roles such as program coordinator for Student Support Services, senior academic advisor for the Center for Academic Planning, and most recently as an English instructor. She earned a BA in English from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and her MA in English and Communication from East Carolina University. She also has additional study from NC State University in adult and community college education. She is the chair of the board of directors of REACH Our Communities in Selma and is a former board director of the Johnston Community College Foundation. A native of Smithfield, she and her husband, Brian, are members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Cary Bizzell, MD
Dr. Bizzell is a Smithfield native, and is a musculoskeletal radiologist working at Johnston Health 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.
Gale Cass moved to Smithfield from Burlington, Vermont, where she was a special education teacher and was active in church, volunteering and fundraising. In addition to volunteering at Johnston Health Clayton since it opening, Gale also substitute teaches in Johnston County. Gale also served as volunteer at the SECU Hospice House for three years and served as the Johnston Health Volunteer Council president. She has been a part of Women’s Night Out and many fundraisers for Johnston Health Foundation.
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.
Iris Peoples Green is a senior attorney with Disability Rights North Carolina and spearheads special litigation for children with mental illness and developmental disabilities. When Iris is not working, she continues to advocate for children in her community through volunteer work at Watts Missionary Baptist Church, C3 Church of Clayton and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iris’ greatest community work has been through her sorority which has a strong focus on health promotion and raising awareness around three areas that disproportionately affect the Johnston County community: Stroke and heart disease, Alzheimer’s; and Mental Health. Iris received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from South Carolina State University in 1986 and her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2001. Iris is married to Joe Green and they have two children.
Jeff Holt is Vice President and Owner of Airflow Products Co., Inc., with plants located in Selma and Smithfield. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University, witha B.S. degree in Political Science. Jeff currently serves as Board Chairman of the NAFA Foundation. He is a past President of the National Air Filtration Association, member and past President of the Johnston County Education Foundation, a current member and Past Master of Selma Masonic Lodge #320, and a current member of the Moccasin Creek Drainage District board of directors. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors for BB&T, Johnston County area branches. He is a lifelong member of Pine Level Baptist Church where he serves as Deacon. An Eagle Scout, Jeff has been active in the local troop in Pine Level, has served as Chairman of the Neusiok District (Johnston County), and currently serves on the executive board of the Tuscarora Council, Boy Scouts of America. Jeff lives in Pine Level with his wife Sherry, where he is currently serving his 7th term as Mayor. Jeff and Sherry are the parents of daughter Whitley and son Jackson.
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.
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.
David Mills is a native of eastern North Carolina and the owner of David F. Mills, P.A. David received his undergraduate and law degrees from Campbell University and began practicing law in 1991. 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. He resides in Smithfield with his wife and two children.
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.
Susan Parrish Watson
Susan Watson graduated from Smithfield-Selma Senior High School in 1979. She attended Meredith College for two years and received her bachelor’s degree in special education in 1984 from Appalachian State University. She is also a 1986 graduate of the mortuary science program at Fayetteville Technical Community College. In 1988 she married Christian E. Watson, whom she met while at Fayetteville, and they have three children, Acy, Tyson, and Bailey. Susan and her husband, along with her two brothers, own and operate Parrish and Underwood Funeral Homes and Cremations. Susan is a Commissioner on the Princeton Town Board and also serves as a public member on the NC State Board of Examiners in Optometry. She likes to read and travel. Most of her traveling days now are spent in Park City, Utah were she visits her only grandchild, Atlas Martin Watson.
Earl W. Worley, Jr.
Earl Worley has been with KS Bank for 26 years and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of KS Bank and its holding company, KS Bancorp, Inc. located in Smithfield, North Carolina. He attended Princeton High School and received his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Mount Olive College in 1986. Mr. Worley is also a 1996 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and the North Carolina Bank Directors’ College in 2015. Mr. Worley has been a featured speaker at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Securities Bond Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the University of Mount Olive, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors on the Community Bankers’ Bank in Midlothian, Virginia. Mr. Worley and his wife, Melissa, have two children.
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”.