Meet Our Staff
At Holly Hill Hospital, we know that it’s our people who make a 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 Hospital. 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.
KEVIN POITINGER, BSN RN MSS NE-BC,
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Kevin S. Poitinger, B.S.N., R.N., M.S.S., N.E.-B.C. is a decorated U.S. Air Force Colonel and accomplished senior nursing executive with over 30 years of healthcare leadership experience. Prior to joining Holly Hill Hospital, Kevin worked as a Department of the Army Civilian employee, serving as Nursing Director of Medical Services at Womack Army Medical Center of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his military career, Kevin had three Command tours and completed four deployments, providing aeromedical evacuation missions throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. A Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Life member, Poitinger retired from the USAF in 2018 after 28 years of service.
Kevin holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, a Master’s in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Toledo.
Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Kevin and his wife have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, supporting local music and watching college football.
Chief Financial Officer
Bo Pulley joined the staff of Holly Hill Hospital in August 2019. Born and raised in Raleigh, he earned a BS in business management from North Carolina State University and a MBA from The College of William and Mary.
Bo has nearly 20 years of financial management experience in healthcare, with proven results maximizing profits through cost management, organizational strategy development and innovative revenue generation tactics.
He has served as the Chief Financial Officer of various healthcare systems and related businesses including Health Management Associates, Paired Health, Health Information Pipeline (HIP) and, most recently, Southlight Healthcare.
How Bo practices self-care: spending time with his wife and son, cooking and playing a round of golf!
KELLY MILLSAP, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Kelly Millsap, MSN, RN joined the staff of Holly Hill Hospital in August 2012. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she earned a BSN from Syracuse University and a MSN from Walden University, where she was accepted into the National Honor Society.
Kelly has over 20 years of cardiology, orthopedics, mental health and administrative management experience.
Kelly has worked in and helped develop the nursing program for Holly Hill’s inpatient units, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) department and most recently, The Pines at Holly Hill Outpatient.
Kelly has two children (ages 20 and 16) and enjoys spending time with her dog Lincoln.
How Kelly practices self-care: cooking and salsa dancing!
FRANK ADDONIZIO PHD, LCSW, LCAS
Chief Clinical Officer
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 a 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.
THOMAS CORNWALL, MD
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.
Enrique Lopez, MD
Medical Director, Young Adult and Adult Services
Enrique Lopez joined Holly Hill in 1990 after completing his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Lopez currently oversees adult services at Holly Hill and manages the facility’s young adult program, where he treats patients ages 18 to 26 in need of psychiatric and or addictive disease care. An integral part of Raleigh’s behavioral health community, Dr. Lopez has worked in both private practice and community mental health, having served as Medical Director of the Wake County Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment Center. When not treating patients, Dr. Lopez enjoys spending time with his family, reading, meditating and playing tennis.
DANIELLE WILLIAMS, MSW, LCSWA
Director of Business Development
Danielle Williams joined Holly Hill Hospital in 2017. She earned her BS in social work from The University of North Carolina Wilmington and her MSW from North Carolina State University. Danielle is provisionally licensed as a clinical social worker in North Carolina and provides statewide continuing education training. Danielle enjoys opportunities to serve the mental health community with service outreach and public relations in both the public and private sectors.
How Danielle practices self-care: spending time with her husband and dog, binge watching an interesting show, and hosting friends and family for a game night!
SHANDRA J. ROSS, LPC, LCAS, CSI
Director of Outpatient Services
Shandra brings a wealth of experience to The Pines at Holly Hill Outpatient, having held previous positions as a Juvenile Court Counselor, Executive Director of a Mental Health Agency, Quality Management & Training Director and as a Mental Health & Addiction Counselor/Program Manager.
Shandra is an intensively trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and certified Hypnotherapist, and looks forward to supporting those in need of more structured treatment services.
Aqua Burrell, RN, BSN
Director of Admissions
Aqua joined Holly Hill Hospital in 2016 after six years of employment with UHS. Aqua earned her BSN from East Carolina University with a passion for Psychiatric Nursing. She works with Eastern AHEC as a part time Clinical Educator with a focus on Effective Communication and Management of Patients and Families in crisis. Aqua has been integral in supporting program development and expansions at Holly Hill Hospital and held several leadership positions including Children’s House Supervisor, South Campus Adult Assistant Director of Nursing, ECT Program Development, and most recently, Director of Admissions.
How Aqua practices self-care: spending time with her husband and three children, meditating, crafting, and watching history/space shows.
Sarah Utley, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-A
Assistant Admissions Director
Sarah joined the staff of Holly Hill Hospital in November 2018 as an Admissions Clinician. She has served as a Team Lead within the admission’s department. Born and raised in Hope Mills, she graduated with a BSW from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a MSW from East Carolina University. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist – Associate (LCAS-A).
Sarah’s education was interactive, with opportunities to work with children in foster care; conduct mental health assessments for college students; serve as a peer educator for college students on domestic violence and sexual assault; and work as a volunteer with the Child Protective Services, Cumberland County DSS.
How Sarah practices self- care: Gardening, hiking, crafting, reading, spending time with her family, friends, and her cat Sophie.
Amber Wilson, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Amber Wilson joined the staff of Holly Hill Hospital in June 2020. She obtained a BS in social work in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was born and raised. She moved to Dallas, TX and obtained an MS in clinical social work from the University of Texas.
Amber has over 10 years of social work experience in leadership and direct care roles, most recently working for a sister facility in Arlington, TX as the Director of Outpatient Services. Amber has served as the director for various medical and mental health organizations in several states over the last 10 years.
How Amber practices self-care: spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, camping, or surfing.
Begin Your Healing Journey Today
Sometimes life feels too heavy to handle on your own and you need someone to help you through. We want you to know that it’s okay to ask. Taking the first step can be difficult, but Holly Hill is here for you. We promise that our assessment counselors will meet you with compassion and without judgment. No matter where you are, it’s never too late to reach out.
It all starts with a free, confidential assessment, accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ll walk you through every step of the process. You don’t have to be alone. Let us help. Call 919-250-7000 or complete our online contact form.