Board of Commissioners

The leaders on our board of commissioners are much more than business professionals. They are much more than government appointees or physicians — they are neighbors. They are members of our community. These commissioners, living in the community, themselves using the health care system they govern, have an insider's view of area health care needs. It is much more than reading reports — they encounter our customers every day.

The Nash UNC Health Care Board of Commissioners is a volunteer board appointed by the Nash County Board of Commissioners. Each board member is appointed for one 3-year term. Commissioners may be reappointed to serve two additional terms, for a maximum of three terms. In addition, there are three voting, ex-officio members of the board. These ex-officio members include the president of the medical staff, the president-elect of the medical staff, and the president of Nash UNC Health Care.

The Nash UNC Health Care Board of Commissioners meet on the first Thursday of each month.

Bill LehnesBill Lehnes, Chairman

Bill Lehnes graduated from the University of South Carolina in Spartanburg with a business degree and put his entrepreneurial skills to work in Rocky Mount as the owner of the Chick-fil-A franchise. Lehnes was born in New Jersey and spent his early years in Greenville, SC until moving to Rocky Mount 28 years ago to open the restaurant. 

Lehnes has been a very active volunteer in the community, serving the Tar River Civic Club, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and the Boys and Girls Club. 

“I want to help because the hospital has such a powerful impact on the community, both economically and in the impact it has on the health of our local citizens,” Lehnes said. He and his wife, Kim, have three daughters and attend Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Joel BryantJoel L. Bryant, Vice Chairman

Joel Bryant is a Key Account Manager with Johnson and Johnson/Janssen Pharmaceutical in the Neuroscience therapeutic area. He collaborates with population health decision-makers across Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) in North and South Carolina to develop innovative solutions for diverse stakeholders. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer through the ROTC program.

Additionally, Bryant recently retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Colonel.  He is a combat veteran, and his last assignment prior to retirement was the North Carolina Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer, FEMA Region IV and the Department of Defense.  His military career includes a long list of decorations, service medals, and badges, including a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medals and Army Achievement Medals. He has also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, and Parachutist Badge.  

Joel is passionate about healthcare and acknowledges “the privilege of working with Nash UNC Health Care to ensure access to quality, efficiently delivered, patient-centric care.”  He and his wife Amy have two children and are members of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.

Eugene F. Holland, Jr.Eugene (Butch) F. Holland, Jr., Treasurer

Butch Holland is a partner with Bunch & Company, LLP in Rocky Mount. He is a graduate of UNC-CH, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Holland currently serves on the boards of Branch Bank & Trust, the Rocky Mount Community Foundation, and Northeastern Entrepreneurial Roundtable (NEER). His firm is a charter member of NEER, an organization that works to attract small businesses to our area, and Carolinas Gateway Partnership, which was formed to promote general economic development in our area. 

“Nash UNC Health Care is a very important asset to our community in many ways and I look forward to contributing to its growth and success,” Holland stated. 

Holland was born in Nashville, NC. He and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and attend First Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

Jean A. KitchinJean A. Kitchin, Secretary

Jean Kitchin grew up in Raleigh and moved to Nash County in 1986. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and taught secondary English before beginning a career in broadcasting. She has hosted and produced television shows for over 30 years and currently is hosting several programs for WHIG TV locally. In 1998 she took over as the CEO and president of Almand’s Drug Stores and held that position for 16 years when she sold them.

Kitchin has served on and held leadership positions on numerous boards, including the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, the Nash Rocky Mount Board of Education, and the UNC Chapel Hill Lineberger Board of Visitors. She has been awarded the GAA Distinguished Service Medal and the UNC Trustee William R. Davie Award.

Kitchin and her husband Hodge have two sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. They attend First Presbyterian Church, where she has served as a deacon.

Jeffrey A. Batts, Vice-ChairJohn A. Barker, Past Chairman

John Barker, born and raised in Rocky Mount, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill in 1974. His first job was with the North Carolina State Auditor’s Office in Raleigh, NC, and he started his banking career in 1977 as the internal auditor for the State Employees Credit Union. In 1979, he moved back to Rocky Mount as treasurer and CFO of United Federal Savings & Loan, later becoming president and CEO. 

After leaving the financial sector, he became involved in commercial development and residential construction. In 2005, Barker returned to banking as president and CEO of Providence Bank but has since retired. 

Barker and his wife, Melissa, have three children and attend St. Andrews Episcopal Church. “I’ve always been proud of Rocky Mount. I was born at Park View Hospital and have watched Nash UNC Health Care grow to be one of the most prestigious hospitals in eastern North Carolina,” Barker said.

Melvin M. Mitchell, SecretaryMelvin M. Mitchell

Originally from Murfreesboro, Mitchell has lived in Rocky Mount since 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in business education from Fayetteville State University, and since then, he has earned several accolades for his business expertise and community service. He is the president/proprietor of the Melvin Mitchell Agency, Inc., an Exclusive Agency with Allstate Insurance Company. 

“I volunteered for the board because I welcome the opportunity to become a part of improving health care for a community that I have been a part of for over 35 years,” Mitchell said. “I have a genuine, vested interest in the community members, as well as the businesses and industries striving to survive here, and I feel that with the vast changes in health care in this uncertain economy, this is a very important time to get involved.” 

In addition to serving as a board member of the Rocky Mount Boys Club, Triangle Bank and Greater Rocky Mount Family Practice, Mitchell’s insurance agency was named Agency of the Year in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  He is a former member of the Allstate Agency Advisory Board, a recipient of the 24-Year Honor Ring Award, and a six-time recipient of the Life Leaders Award. He also serves on the board of directors for Providence Bank, and is a past member of the board of directors for First Carolina State Bank. Mitchell has also served on the trustee board, the finance committee and the usher board of North End Missionary Baptist Church. He is a member of Alpha Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has served that organization as a member of the executive board and as the assistant keeper of finance. Mitchell and his wife, Laura, have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Ivan V. Peacock, MDIvan V. Peacock, MD

Dr. Ivan Peacock is a native of Jacksonville, NC.  He attended undergraduate and graduate school at East Carolina University and then received a regular commission in the United States Navy in 1977.  He subsequently attended the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda Maryland where he received his MD degree and completed a radiology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

Dr. Peacock pursued advanced military operational training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute and completed primary flight school in Pensacola, FL where he was designated Naval Flight Surgeon 3801.

Dr. Peacock served 24 years as a naval officer attaining the rank of CAPTAIN (06). During his military career, he served with multiple forward deployed units of the Fleet Marine Force as a Flight Surgeon, and with the Naval Hospital Command as a Diagnostic Radiologist.

After leaving active duty, Dr. Peacock joined Nash X-ray Associates, PA in Rocky Mount and continued to practice full time at Nash UNC Health Care as a board-certified diagnostic radiologist until retiring in 2018. His professional interests include musculoskeletal imaging as well as radiology administration and leadership. 

Dr. Peacock is past president of Nash X-ray Associates and has served as past chairman of Nash UNC Health Care’s Department of Imaging Services. He also previously served as the medical director of the Nash Breast Care Center and Nash Open MRI. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program Committee and chairman of the Credentials, Bylaws, and Rules & Regulations Committee at Nash UNC Health Care.

Damian TuckerDamian Tucker

Damian Tucker was sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney for Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson Counties (Seventh Judicial District) in September 1998.  After three years as a prosecutor, he joined the law firm of Hester & Moore, PLLC in 2001. In 2007, he became a partner in the firm, which is now Hester & Tucker, PLLC. Tucker’s sole concentration is defending the criminally accused in the Seventh Judicial District. He also has handled matters in civil, child support and small claims courts. 

During this period of his practice, he has resolved thousands of cases at the District Court level. In addition, Tucker has successfully defended clients charged with serious felony charges at the trial level. He has extensive jury trial experience to include cases involving traffic and misdemeanor offenses, as well as the most serious drug and “violent” felony offenses, including homicide cases. He graduated from Northern Nash High School and went on to receive a BA in Criminal Justice from UNC-Wilmington, and a law degree from NC Central University.

Sheila Wallace Sheila Wallace

Sheila Wallace is the Director of Federal Programs with Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. She manages federal grants and is responsible for assuring adherence to federal guidelines and laws while making certain that identified schools have needed resources. 

Wallace has served in various leadership capacities with the local school system and as Principal and Assistant Principal of several elementary schools in the district. She is the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award and has twice appeared in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  She has served on numerous boards in Eastern North Carolina, including Martin County Community Action, Carol Caldwell Scholarship, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

She is married to Ellis Wallace and they have two sons. The Wallaces are active members at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, NC where she is on the Board of Trustees and serves as Youth Advisor.

Sue LeggettSue Leggett, Nash County Commissioner

Sue Leggett grew up in Rocky Mount and graduated from Rocky Mount High School in 1997. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Agronomy Soil Science from NC State University in 2001 and graduated from The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers at Texas A&M University in 2015. 

Currently, Sue lives in Nash County and works full time at Leggett Farming Partnership in Nashville, NC growing crops, fruits, and vegetables with a focus on handling the finances of the business. She is also a part of several agricultural organizations. She is involved in the Nash County Farmers Market advisory board, is a leader in our local 4-H program, and is a member of White Oak Grove Methodist Church. 

Sue and her husband, Brent, have two children. 

Robbie GreenRobbie Green

Robbie Green is a certified Professional and Executive Coach, and her very specific niche is coaching Working Moms. She has gained a myriad of life experiences with 21 years in the Communications industry; including Media Sales, Business Development, and IT Account Management. But, her most important job is Mom.

Mrs. Green earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Communications from the University of Memphis and a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of SOIP (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) as well.

Robbie is also a Parenting Partners trainer for the Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, a member of Word Tabernacle Church and is a member of the Nash Community College Small Business Center Advisory Committee. Her work has been published in Thrive Global and she has delivered several workshops to local community organizations.

Robbie Green lives in Rocky Mount, NC with her husband, Ron Green, and they have a son and a daughter.  

Mike JohnsonMike Johnson, OD

Dr. Mike Johnson is a native of Whitakers, NC, and continues to live in Nash County. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville in 1979. After earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983, he returned to begin practicing in Rocky Mount and co-founded Medical Park Eye Associates. He has continued his practice in Rocky Mount to this day, currently with MyEyeDr.

Dr. Johnson has been an active community volunteer throughout his life. He has been a member of the Lions Club for 35 years, serving as President several times; he has served on the Nash County Board of Health (now the Nash County Human Services Board) from 1991 to 2001 and 2007 to today, acting as Charmain since 2008; he currently serves as a Director on the Northeast Region Advisory Board of Truist Bank (formerly Branch Bank and Trust); and he regularly works with the non-profit Whitakers Revitalization and Preservation.

Professionally, Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Optometric Association, the North Carolina Optometric Society (where he is a past President). He has served on the N.C. Board of Examiners in Optometry since 2012, currently serving as President.

He is a member and current Deacon at Englewood Baptist Church. He and his wife, Doris, formerly a nurse at Nash UNC Health Care for 33 years, have one adult son.

Kevin JonesKevin Jones

A native of Rocky Mount, NC and graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Kevin is the founder of the BAC Scholarship Fund and a Transportation Specialist for the US Department of Transportation. With more than a decade of public policy experience at the local, state and Federal levels, Kevin’s experience includes urban planning, government relations and contract oversight.

Since founding the BAC Scholarship Fund in 2014, Kevin has utilized a network of resources to create more than $200,000 in college scholarships, technology resources and educational programming for children throughout Nash and Edgecombe Counties.

Kevin is also a small business owner where he focuses on job creation and community development throughout the Rocky Mount region.

A first-generation college student and once a teenage parent, Kevin has dedicated his life to affecting change through service to others. He lives in Rocky Mount with his high school sweetheart and wife, Talia along with their two daughters.

David BrowderDavid Browder, MD

Dr. David Browder was born and raised in Weldon, NC and graduated from high school at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He has been a partner physician at Boice Willis Clinic for the past 25 years.

He earned a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1988, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill medical school in 1993 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Ohio State University in 1996. After residency, he began his outpatient practice in Rocky Mount at Boice Willis Clinic and also had an inpatient practice at Nash General Hospital until 2011. He has served multiple terms on the Boice Willis Executive Committee and is a medical director for Community Hospice of Rocky Mount as well as research medical director for Accellacare of Rocky Mount.

Browder and his wife, Lesley, have two sons and three daughters. They are members of Lakeside Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon.

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