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Meet Our Leadership

Senior Leaders

Kingwood Medical Center CEO – Melinda Stephenson

Melinda Stephenson,
Chief Executive Officer

Megan Marietta, Chief Operating Officer

Megan Marietta,
Chief Operating Officer

Chief Nursing Officer – Kevin Manning

Kevin Manning,
Chief Nursing Officer

HCA Affiliated Kingwood Medical Center is led by a team of more than 1,300 employees and 450 physicians and is supported by an impressive Board of Trustees comprised of highly respected and accomplished physicians as well as community business leaders.

The role of Kingwood Medical Center’s Board of Trustees is to assist in evaluating the hospital’s delivery of health care and development of new service lines and programs that ensure our patients are provided the most advanced technology and cost effective health care close to home.

Robert SittonRobert Sitton, Board of Trustees - Chair

Robert Sitton was born, raised and continues to live in the Humble community. He is a 1982 graduate from Humble High School and a 1988 graduate from Sam Houston State University with Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

In 1998, Robert began his career in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter before accepting a position with Edward Jones Investments in 2002, where he continues today. His office is located in Atascocita.

Prior to entering the investment profession, Robert was a Teacher and Coach at Aldine Senior High in the Aldine Independent School District. During his tenure, the Mustangs won the 1990 State 5A Football Championship and were named High School Football National Champions. The Aldine staff was later named to coach the Texas High School Football All-star game in 1992.

Volunteerism and the community are two of Robert's passions. In 2011, he was elected to serve on the Humble ISD Board of Trustees and re-elected in 2013. He serves on the Finance, Building and Planning and the Program Evaluation committees. He has also served as Board Parliamentarian, Secretary and is the current Vice President of the board. Prior to being elected, Robert served on the 2008 Bond Study committee and the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board. While with the Foundation, he chaired the Endowment and Visionary committees. Robert also serves on the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where he is currently the Chair-Elect. He has chaired the Chamber's largest fundraiser, the Chamber Classic and the Party on the Green for the past six years. Locally, Robert has served as coach, parent and board member, for several youth sports organizations and spent ten years volunteering for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.

Married to his wife, Jennifer (Jen), for 9 years they have a his/hers/ours family. Jon, wife Katherina and little RJ, live in Atascocita while Cody is serving in the United States Navy and Keanen and Kaitlyn continue to live in the family home in Eagle Springs and attend Humble ISD Schools. The Sitton family attend Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.


Chik-Fong Wei, M.D., Board of Trustees ChairChik-Fong Wei, M.D., Board of Trustees - Past Chair

Dr. Chik-Fong Wei was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States for his college education where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a PhD in Biophysical Sciences from the University of Houston. He also received an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. Wei completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. After finishing his fellowship training, he served as an assistant professor of Cardiology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston where he was honored with the Dean’s Excellence Award four years in a row. He was also elected by the senior medical class to be a faculty member of the AOA Honor Society.

Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Wei also served as Chief of Staff at Kingwood Medical Center during the 2007 year.


Carol Sutton, Board of Trustees - Vice Chair

Carol Sutton moved to Kingwood in 1994 with her husband (Randy) and two daughters (Alison and Megan) and began working at the Lake Houston Family YMCA. She retired from the Y in 2014 after 20 years as the Community Liaison and was responsible for marketing, membership, community involvement and coordinating the two fundraising events: Bridge Fest 5K and Dancing for Partners.

During her years at the Y she assisted with two capital campaigns, which completed expansions of the building allowing the Y to provide more services and programs to thousands of families in the Lake Houston area.

Carol has also been a dedicated volunteer in the community and has served with National Charity League, Humble ISD Foundation, American Heart Association, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, FamilyTime, City of Houston Mobility Study Committee, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Chi Omega Alumnae Association and is currently serving as the lead Advisor for the Chi Omega Chapter at the University of Houston. She and her husband are LSU graduates, avid Tiger fans and enjoy following LSU sports (Geaux Tigers!).


Christopher Bathurst, M.D., Chief of Staff, Kingwood Medical Center

Dr. Bathurst graduated from Texas A & M University summa cum laude with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.  He then attended Texas A & M University College of Medicine where he graduated salutatorian and served for multiple years on the Admissions Committee.  Following medical school, he studied Diagnostic Radiology at Scott & White Hospital and then pursued sub-specialty training in Musculoskeletal Radiology at Vanderbilt Medical Center where he also served as a junior faculty member.   Dr. Bathurst is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with a special focus on musculoskeletal radiology.  He is a member of the American College of Radiology; Harris County Medical Society; Texas Radiological Society; and Texas Medical Society

Dr. Bathurst has served as the Chairman Department of Radiology for 3 years and currently in HCA Gulf coast Physician Leadership Development program.

Dr. Bathurst and his wife Jennifer have two children, a daughter (10) and a son (9), and they currently reside in the Kingwood area.


Kris Barnsfather, M.D., Chief of StaffKris Barnsfather, M.D., Past Chief of Staff, Kingwood Medical Center

Dr. Kris Barnsfather grew up in many different states including Colorado, California, Florida, and Minnesota. After graduating from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado with scholarships and honors, she received her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. She enjoyed teaching high school mathematics for seven years.

Dr. Barnsfather had been interested in medicine and the human body since childhood and finally made the switch into the medical field in 1998. She earned her Medical Doctorate in Louisville, Kentucky at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and was awarded the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Award.

Her OB/GYN internship and residency were completed in Indianapolis, Indiana. She again earned awards including the Top Gun laparoscopic surgery award. After residency, Dr. Barnsfather moved to Kingwood with her son and husband. She worked in the area with Her Healthcare from 2006 until 2010. From 2010 until April 2013 she worked with Advanced Women’s Healthcare. Then she joined the staff of Care for Women.

She is very involved in teaching women about their health and how to prevent disease. She keeps up with the current trends and data and is always striving to offer the most advanced and least invasive therapies as well as the tried and true.

Dr. Barnsfather serves as the current Chief of Staff at Kingwood Medical Center.


Stephen Ratcliff, M.D., (Chief of Staff Elect)Stephen Ratcliff, M.D., Chief of Staff Elect, Kingwood Medical Center

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He went on to complete medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and residencies in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and in anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff, MD is a board certified anesthesiologist. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Ratcliff was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard and as a Major in the United States Air Force Reserves. In addition to his service, he has volunteered in Guatemala as anesthesiologist for the non-profit group Faith In Practice. Dr. Ratcliff is the Chief of Staff Elect and serves as the Director of Anesthesia, Podiatric Surgical Residency Program, at Kingwood Medical Center. He and his wife, Jeanine, have been married for four years and have a 21-month-year-old son, Samuel.


Scott BradyScott Brady

Scott Brady is a native Houstonian and a proud University of Houston graduate, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  Scott is a partner with Joiner Architects, and has been practicing architecture for 25 years.  He is involved with many professional organizations, and is an active member of the Association for Learning Environments, which focuses on the “built learning environment,” and its effect on students and overall academic improvement.

Scott is very involved with many community organizations, including: Rotary Club of East Montgomery County; the Lake Houston, and Greater East Montgomery Chambers of Commerce; Humble ISD Education Foundation; and the Lake Houston Family YMCA.  He chaired the 2015 Heart Walk, to help bring awareness and prevention measures for heart disease and stroke.

Scott and his wife, Tracy are both Humble High School Graduates, and have three children; Amber, Heather and Jessica.


Erica JohnstonErica Johnston

Erica Johnston is proud to wear many hats, however, she gets the greatest joy and blessing from her role as wife of twelve years to Duane, and mom to her amazing children, Emma (8) and Mason (5).

Professionally, Erica coordinates the marketing efforts and community involvement for her husband’s business. She is a graduate of several community leadership programs including: Leadership Lake Houston (Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce); and Leadership North Houston (Lone Star College). Erica serves on the boards of many organizations including: The Lake Houston Family YMCA; Holy Trinity Episcopal School; she is the Chairman of Leadercast Lake Houston (an area leadership conference); and is an active volunteer at their church, Second Baptist Kingwood.  In addition, she is an Education Ambassador for Bright Pink, a non-profit organization focused on educating young women ages 18-45 about breast and ovarian health.

Erica spends her “off time” watching and cheering on her children on the soccer field and the swimming pool, taking family bike rides, and catching a Zumba class or two. She is honored to serve on the Kingwood Medical Center Board of Trustees.


Keith LapezeKeith Lapeze

A native of Louisiana, Keith Lapeze received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University followed by a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in 1998, graduating Order of the Coif. A year later he completed a judicial clerkship with Judge James L. Dennis on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

After moving to Houston in 1999, Keith became a partner at Vinson and Elkins, LLP. With 10 years tenure at V&E, Keith ventured out and founded the Houston law firm The Lapeze Firm, P.C. Keith’s achievements in the law have earned him recognition in numerous national and regional publications.

Keith is an integral part of the community having served as a Humble I.S.D. Trustee since 2006 and served on the Humble ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to his election as a Trustee, he served on Humble I.S.D.'s 2005 Bond Review Committee and the District Advisory Committee, among his other volunteer activities with the District. When not practicing law or serving as a volunteer, Keith enjoys spending time with his family, fly fishing, snowboarding and playing golf.

Residents of Fall Creek, Keith and his wife, Christy, have one child, Luke, and attend Kingwood United Methodist Church.


Cordell Okezie Nwokeji, M.D.Cordell Okezie Nwokeji, M.D.

Dr. Cordell Nwokeji graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He earned his medical degree at Howard University, College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his general surgery residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey and Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed his urology residency at Southern Illinois in University, Springfield, IL. Dr. Nwokeji specializes in general urology with an emphasis in minimally invasive prostate cancer therapy.

Dr. Nwokeji is certified in Urology by the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the American Urological Association and the Houston Urologic Society. Dr. Nwokeji is a partner and member of the Executive Counsel for Texas Urology Specialists.

Dr. Nwokeji is married to his wife Aimee, and he enjoys exercising, soccer, weight lifting, and ping pong. In his spare time, he is a field coach in Track Houston Organization and an assistant coach for junior league basketball teams.


Janice S. PetersonJanice (Jan) S. Peterson

Janice S. Peterson is the owner of Buster Brown Propane Service, JSCP Land Development and Co-Owner of Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli in New Caney, Texas.

She is the ESD #7 Board Commissioner and Vice President of the New Caney Fire Department in New Caney, Texas. Janice serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in New Caney, Texas; and on the Board of Directors of Montgomery County United Way in Conroe, Texas. Previously, she served as the Regional Vice President and Director District 4 for Texas Propane Gas Association in Austin, Texas.

A life time resident of East Montgomery County, Janice is married to Mark W. Peterson, Vice President Buster Brown Propane, and has one son Matthew J. Peterson, the Corporate Treasurer & Office Manager Buster Brown Propane, and a daughter in law Tayra Peterson, the Co-owner of Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli. Janice and Mark have three beautiful grandchildren, Abigail, JoAnna & Christian Peterson.


Salvador Recio, M.D.Salvador Recio, M.D.

Dr. Salvador Recio graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. He went on to earn his medical degree at Ponce School of Medicine and his residency in internal medicine at Seton Hall University in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Dr. Recio is a board certified in internal medicine and has been in practice for 23 years. He is a member of the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Recio is a partner in Millennium Physicians Association, PLLC.

Steve TimmsSteve Timms

Steve Timms assumed the overall duties of President and CEO of the Houston Golf Association (HGA) and Tournament Director for the Shell Houston Open on January 19, 2001. Through his leadership, the Houston Golf Association continues its 70 year legacy of distributing millions of dollars to youth development programs throughout the Greater Houston Area annually.

In his leadership role with the Houston Golf Association, Steve is the President and CEO of The First Tee of Greater Houston, which is the chapter with the largest reach in a worldwide network. He is also the president of the Houston Municipal Golf Association, a 501(c)(3) that supports the City of Houston with the maintenance and restoration of Houston’s public golf courses.

In addition to his role on the Kingwood Medical Center Board of Trustees, Steve serves on the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Advisory Council of which he was Chairman from 2008 to 2011. In previous years he has served on the Board of the PGA TOUR Tournaments Association and the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup Task Force.

Steve and wife Susan have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, and are longtime residents of the Houston area.


Troy Villareal, President, HCA Gulf Coast DivisionTroy A. Villarreal, President, HCA Gulf Coast Division

Troy A. Villarreal joined HCA Gulf Coast Division as President in June 2016 from Medical City Dallas Hospital, where he had been chief executive officer since October 2013. Before that, he was the chief executive officer at The Medical Center of Plano for five years.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University and master’s degrees in health care administration and business administration at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Villarreal has a strong history of community service. He is a graduate of Leadership Plano Class 27 and formerly served on the executive committee board, strategic planning committee, and alumni committee of Leadership Plano. He also has served on the board of the Plano Chamber of Commerce as campaign cabinet chair for Collin County and as a member of the advisory board of the United Way of Greater Dallas.

Since joining HCA in 1993, Villarreal has been responsible for major facility upgrades, significant growth, and increased patient, physician and employee satisfaction at a variety of HCA hospitals.