Board of Directors
Johnston Health is governed by the Johnston Health Services Corp., a 15-member board made up of the 11 former Johnston Health Board of Commissioners and the six new representatives appointed by UNC Health Care.
Eric Janis, M.D.
Dr. Janis began his term in 2014. He is a former chief of medical staff and has been part of North Carolina Heart and Vascular for 15 years.
David Mills joined the Johnston Health Services Corporation Board in 2018 and also serves as Vice Chair. A native of Eastern North Carolina, he practices law with Narron Wenzel, P.A. David earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Campbell University and has practiced in Smithfield since 1991. David is recognized by the North Carolina State Bar of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law. David is also a Johnston Health Foundation board member and past Chairman. He lives in Smithfield with his wife and two children.
Octavio Cieza, M.D.
Dr. Octavio Cieza is chief of the medical staff at Johnston Health.
Steve Burriss joined the board in 2020. He was named president of the UNC Health Care System’s Triangle Region in October 2019. In this role, he leads UNC Health Care’s transformation into a clinically integrated system of hospitals, clinics and physician practices, and oversees the leaders at UNC Hospitals – including Chatham and Hillsborough, UNC REX Healthcare – including Holly Springs Hospital (opening in 2021), Johnston Health - both Clayton and Smithfield and all ambulatory care sites. He also serves as chair of the Rex Health Ventures investment committee.
Linda Butler, M.D.
Dr. Linda Butler is the vice president of medical affairs and the chief medical officer for Rex Healthcare. Prior to becoming part of Rex’s executive team, she practiced pediatrics in Wake County for 14 years.
Patricia Chisholm-Jones of Smithfield is a retired school administrator. She taught for 32 years before becoming an administrator in the Dayton, Ohio public schools for 17 years. She is a 2020 appointee.
Chris Ellington has been a board member since 2014. He joined UNC Health Care in 2008 and is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for UNC Hospitals and the chief financial officer for system affiliations for UNC Health Care.
Ted Godwin is a Johnston County Commissioner, currently serving as vice chair. He is a retired senior vice president of KS Bank. He was elected to the county board in 2012. In county government, he’s involved in regional transportation planning, veterans services and services for the aged. He is a member of Central Johnston Rotary, and serves as a deacon at Micro First Baptist Church.
Dennis Koffer, M.D.
Dr. Koffer joined the board in 2014. Dr. Koffer is a former chief of the medical staff and has been a surgeon for 35 years. He currently serves as the medical director for Johnston Home Care and Hospice.
William W. Massengill
William W. Massengill Jr. is CEO of Benson Area Medical Center. A life-long resident of Johnston County, he was born at what was then Johnston Memorial Hospital. He has held leadership positions in nonprofit health care for 27 years. He served as mayor of the Town of Benson for 10 years. He is a 2020 appointee.
Ana Lucia Milazzotto
Since 2007, Ana Lucia Milazzotto of Clayton has been the director of one or more federal programs at Johnston County Public Schools. Earlier she was a curriculum specialist for the school system and a teacher at Four Oaks Elementary. She has master’s degrees from Michigan State in curriculum and instruction and from Campbell University in school administration. A native of Brazil, she has lived in Johnston County since 1999. She joined the Johnston Health Board in 2019.
Brad Oakes joined the Johnston Health Services Corporation board in 2019. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting degree. Brad became a member (partner) of Dunn, Dunn, & Oakes CPAs PLLC in January 2015. Brad is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County and both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Clayton with his wife and two children.
Marilyn Pearson, M.D.
Dr. Marilyn Pearson has been director of the Johnston County Public Health Department since 2005, and supervisor of the agency’s physicians and mid-level providers since 1998. In the community, she serves on several committees and boards, including Project Access and the Johnston County Partnership for Children. In 2015, she was named NC Health Director of the Year. And in 2014, the Johnston County branch of the NAACP honored her with its Trumpet of Conscience Legacy Award.
Bobby Parker of Clayton, a general contractor, has served on the hospital board for 14 years, three of those as chairman. Following a one-year break in service, he was reappointed in 2018 to another term. He is also a member of the UNC REX board.
Jeff Parlier of Garner is the senior vice president of retail banking at First Citizens. He has worked with the bank for 25 years. He grew up in Hickory, and moved to the Cleveland School area in 2018. He is a 2020 appointee.