Foundation Board

Tammy Holt, Foundation Board Secretary

Tammy W. Holt


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.

Denton Lee, Foundation Board Member

Denton Lee

Vice Chair

Denton Lee is a retired Executive Vice President of First Citizens Bank headquartered in Raleigh after 44 years of service. Prior to retirement Mr. Lee managed the Bank’s Operations and Business Segment and led the Bank’s Merger and Acquisition Team. He is a former member of the Johnston County Board of Education, a past President of the Johnston Community College Foundation, and a 20-year volunteer fireman with the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to serving as the Vice Chair for the Johnston Health Foundation, he is a member of the Tuscarora Council for the Boy Scouts of America, the Cleveland Council of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Cleveland Community Parks & Recreation Association, member of the McLemore Fire District Tax Board, and an Elder, choir member, and Sunday School teacher at Oakland Presbyterian Church in the Cleveland Community. A native of Smithfield, he is a U.S. Army veteran, attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and the BAI School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife Jane, their two children, and seven grandchildren reside in the Cleveland Community.

Karen Lippitt, Foundation Board Member

Karen Lippitt


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 since 1990.

Jim Jenkins, Foundation Board Treasurer

Jim Jenkins


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.

Stewart McLeod, Foundation Board Chair

Stewart McLeod

Immediate Past 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.

Elizabeth Baker, Foundation Board Member

Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth Baker is a 17-year veteran of Johnston Community College, where she is the department chair of English, Humanities, and Foreign Languages. She has served in roles such as program coordinator for Student Support Services, senior academic advisor for the Center for Academic Planning, and 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 on the board of REACH Our Communities in Selma and is a former board director of the Johnston Community College Foundation. A native of Smithfield, she is a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  

Dr. Cary Bizzell, Foundation Board Member

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.

Eric Brownlee, Foundation Board Member

Eric Brownlee

Eric Brownlee has served as the President of the Smithfield Rotary Club and Neuse Charter School Booster Club, and Board Chair of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of Temple Baptist Church, where he serves on the finance committee. Mr. Brownlee received many awards as a Golden Corral Franchisee, including the Jimmy Creech Small Business of the Year award in 2010 and multiple Golden Corral Circle of Excellence Awards. He was awarded the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen award in 2016. Mr. Brownlee is employed by HomeMasters Pest Control and is the assistant wrestling coach at Neuse Charter School. He and his wife, Michele, have five children.

Lucy Coats, Foundation Board Member

Lucy Coats

Lucy Coats is a native of Nelson, VA. She studied at Watts School of Nursing and Duke University, and attended Watts Anesthesia School. She served as Johnston Health’s Director of Anesthesia for Clayton and Smithfield and retired in 2013 after 43 years. She now divides her time between Smithfield and Clarksville, VA. She has one son, Brian.

Phil Crabtree, Foundation Board Member

Phil Crabtree

Phil Crabtree is a native of Johnston County, born and raised in the Archer Lodge community, the son of the late O.C. and Allene Crabtree. He is a 1965 graduate of Clayton High School. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Rex Hospital School of Nursing and Duke University School of Anesthesia for Nurses. He worked as a nurse anesthetist for many years at Duke University Medical Center, Wake Medical Center and most recently  at Johnston Health for 22 years. Retiring in 2013, he now serves as a volunteer at Johnston Health Smithfield and as adjunct faculty at Johnston Community College teaching in the nurse aide education department. He and his son Jonathan live in Flowers Plantation near Clayton.

Lynn Daniels, Foundation Board Member

Lynn Daniels

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 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 Triangle East Chamber of Commerce, and the Junior League of Raleigh. Miss Daniels also serves on the Alpha International Ministries Board and previously served on the Johnston County Tourism Authority Board.

Iris Green, Foundation Board Member

Iris Green

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, Foundation Board Member

Jeff Holt

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, Foundation Board Member

Kay Kennedy

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.

Mike Marvel, Foundation Board Member

Mike Marvel

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.

David Mills, Foundation Board Member

David Mills

David Mills is a native of eastern North Carolina and practices law with Narron Wenzel, P.A. Mr. Mills received his undergraduate and law degrees from Campbell University and has practiced in Smithfield since 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 served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association. He and his wife, Martha, attend Centenary United Methodist Church and have two children.  

Jeff Navarro, Foundation Board Member

Jeff Navarro

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, and earned his CFP® designation in 2019. Mr. Navarro is an active member of the community, currently serving as Board Chair for the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce. He is past president for Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County and has served with the Selma Lions Club.

Jeff Pope, Foundation Board Member

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.

John Scovil, Foundation Board Member

John Scovil

Mr. John H. Scovil is the owner of John H. Scovil & Associates, PA, a CPA firm in Smithfield, NC. Mr. Scovil attended N.C. State University, graduated from Campbell University and also attended UNC- Chapel Hill. Mr. Scovil served 12 years on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Authority Board and is a Rotarian with the Central Johnston County Rotary Club and is on the Board of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Margaret, attend St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Jonathan Walker, Foundation Board Member

Jonathan Walker

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 Watson, Foundation Board Member

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.

Tom Williams, Foundation Board Member

Tommy Williams

Tommy Williams served as interim CEO at Johnston Health for five months before being named to the permanent position in May, 2020. Before coming aboard, he was a long-time leader at UNC REX Healthcare in Raleigh, most recently as the vice president of Ambulatory and Support Services and oversight of the construction of the community hospital in Holly Springs. 

Earl Worley, Jr., Foundation Board Member

Earl W. Worley, Jr.

Earl Worley has been with KS Bank for 28 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 and a concentration in Accounting from the University of Mount Olive 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. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustee at the University of Mount Olive, and 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, Foundation Board Member

Mabel Yelvington

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

Mr. John Hobart, Foundation Emeritus Board Member

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”.

Foundation Staff

April Culver, VP, Marketing/ Communications & Strategy

April Culver, Vice President, Marketing/ Communications & Strategy

April Culver began working for Johnston Health in 2001 and became a vice president in 2004. As vice president of marketing/communications and strategy, she is responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing activities to support Johnston Health. She advocates for the health care system on the local, state and federal levels, and coordinates all planning activities for the organization, including Certificate of Need approvals. In addition, she oversees spiritual care and volunteer services and the Johnston Health Foundation.  She and her husband, Chad, and daughter, Ava, live in Smithfield.

Sol Halliburton, Foundation Executive Director

Sol Halliburton, Foundation Executive Director

Halliburton is passionate about helping others and supporting causes, making her the perfect person to oversee the Foundation’s programs and strategic development plan. Additionally, she is co-chair of the Johnston Health Equity Council, a board member of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce (its 2019 Citizen of the Year), and serves on many local nonprofit alliances and boards. She and her husband, Andy, own a business and live in Raleigh with their dog, Pepper. 

Amanda Johnson, Development & Communications Coordinator

Amanda Johnson, Development & Communications Coordinator

Johnson has a deep-rooted desire to help the community that raised her, and fulfills this desire by working with the Foundation. “My mother, grandmother and aunts inspired me to support my community through their volunteerism,” said Johnson. She works with board and community members to execute fundraisers, coordinate with donors and market the Foundation. She is also the public relations chair for the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield. Johnson resides in Clayton with her husband, Matt, son, Jude, and fur baby, Charlie. 

Portia Garrett, Foundation Accountant

Portia Garrett, Foundation Accountant

Garrett’s interest in nonprofit accounting and her heart for her community led her to join the Foundation team. She values working with such a committed group. “Everyone pitches in to help in any way possible,” said Garrett. She is an alumna of Leadership Johnston and an inaugural member of the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield. She and her husband, Chris, live in Smithfield and have two children.

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