At Holly Hill Hospital, we know that it’s our people who make the difference in the lives of our patients. Each of our team members, from mental health technicians and nurses to doctors and therapists, has the devotion and training to serve our patients with dignity and excellence.
The heart of our team shows their passion and dedication to the recovery process both inside and outside the walls of Holly Hill. All of our psychiatrists have shared their knowledge with others as teachers of psychiatry in university medical centers.
In addition to psychiatry, more than half of our medical staff has significant medical care experience, including having worked as emergency care physicians. Collectively, they’ve published over 40 articles in medical journals and have served in Veterans Affairs hospitals and enlisted military treatment settings.
Recovery isn’t easy, but we want to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible. Our team will walk with you and your loved ones every step of the way.
Amanda A. JohansonMBA
Chief Executive Officer
Amanda Johanson first came to Holly Hill in 2013 as the director of business development and later stepped into the role of chief operations officer. In 2017, she became the chief executive officer where she works closely with her team to orchestrate the overall strategy, growth and direction of the facility as well as to synthesize internal goals with those of the community.
A native of Brunswick, Georgia, Johanson earned her undergraduate degree and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. She is a passionate advocate for the mental health community and has supported the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) North Carolina and Wake County affiliates through board and event committee participation.Email the CEO
Chief Financial Officer
Born in Clinton, North Carolina, Ron Howard graduated from Campbell University with a degree in accounting. A certified public accountant, he joined the team at Holly Hill in 1996. During his tenure, he’s seen great growth in both size and programs. Howard has also worked at a 900-bed medical surgical teaching facility and a 592-bed medical surgical hospital, holding positions from general ledger supervisor and budget director to budget and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement director.
A 1993 board member of the North Carolina Hospital Financial Management Association, Howard was nationally recognized as the chairman of the Pro-Action Committee for evaluating the new healthcare regulations on North Carolina hospitals. He was also a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Pathfinders, serving as a jumpmaster, and is a volunteer with the Salvation Army. Married since 1973, he and his wife, Barbara, have one son.
Chief Medical Officer
Thomas Cornwall has been part of the Holly Hill team since 1983 and has been instrumental in the facility’s success and growth throughout the years. He attended Northwestern University Medical School, and his focus on patient care and strong communication with their support systems has made him a valuable resource both inside Holly Hill and throughout North Carolina. In 2017, Dr. Cornwall received the prestigious Triangle Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Award. He is married and has two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Jessica McDeavitt KnudsenLCSW
Chief Operating Officer and Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement
Jessica McDeavitt Knudsen has been with Holly Hill since 2009, where she serves dually as the chief operating officer and director of risk management and performance improvement. Prior to joining the Holly Hill team, she held roles in therapy and directorial positions at other behavioral health facilities.
Knudsen received her master's of science in social work from University of Texas at Austin and her BS in psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then received her license in clinical social work from the State of North Carolina. Knudsen is a married mother of twins.
Frank AddonizioPhD, LCSW, LCAS
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Frank Addonizio joined the staff of Holly Hill Hospital in May 2015. Born and raised in New Jersey, he earned a BA in psychology from Stockton University and a master’s degree and PhD in social work from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Addonizio is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addictions specialist.
Practicing for nearly two decades, Dr. Addonizio’s professional experience includes child, adolescent and adult inpatient psychiatry units, as well as in an outpatient psychiatric hospitalization program. He has also taught graduate-level courses at the University of South Carolina. Most recently, he was a vice president of clinical services for an international provider of integrated employee well-being services. He currently teaches graduate courses at North Carolina State University and is married with two children.
Eric K. joined the Holly Hill team as the admissions director in August of 2016. He started his career as an assessment specialist in various locations before taking on more directorial roles. A running theme in his career has been interdepartmental collaboration to create the best experience for the patient.
Eric K. earned his master’s in social work from University of Central Florida after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern University. Married with two daughters and two dogs, he enjoys fishing in his spare time.
Sam PittmanPhD, MEd, RN
Director of Partial Hospitalization Program
Sam Pittman came to Holly Hill Hospital in 2005 as the director of partial hospitalization program before moving into the director of contract and mobile services role and eventually becoming director of business development. Pittman has been serving the mental health field for several decades, and his roles have included intake counselor, director of admissions, consultant and PRN registered nurse. Pittman holds a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology from Carolina Christian University as well as an associate’s degree in nursing from Wilson Technical Community College. As man of many passions, he also earned a master of adult and community college education from North Carolina State University and a bachelor of music and education from Free Will Bible College. Married and also a proud grandfather, when he isn’t working, he enjoys making homemade jam and singing.
Director of Business Development
Ashley Orlovich came to Holly Hill Hospital in 2013 as the director of business development. Orlovich received her master of arts from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and she enjoys serving the mental health community with her expertise in marketing, public relations and development in both the public and private sectors.
Director of Nursing
Kelly Millsap joined the Holly Hill team in 2012, where she serves as director of nursing. Born and raised in New York, she earned her BSN from Syracuse University. Millsap has served the public throughout her extensive nursing career in a variety of leadership positions and settings. Her passion for nursing excellence and providing patients with top-quality care is the driving force behind her vision to lead the Holly Hill nursing department into the future.