Meet the Dodge County Hospital Authority Board Members
& the Hospital Administration Team
The authority is charged with setting policy for the hospital and is comprised of nine volunteer members who represent the community. Authority members are appointed by the county commission and meet monthly. The hospital Chief-of-Staff also attends.
MR. PAUL JONES, CHAIRMAN
Mr. Jones is a lifelong resident of Dodge County. He is married to the former Nan Skipper of Eastman, and together they have five children and two grandchildren.
Paul is a Certified Public Accountant. He worked for Dodge County Hospital from 1987 - 2002, so he has a first-hand knowledge of the complexities of running a hospital.
He began in the Accounting Department and was the Chief Financial Officer when he left to begin his own business.
Mr. Jones enjoys spending time on his farm, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.
MR. WILBUR GARRETT, SECRETARY/TREASURER
Mr. Garrett, a Florida native, moved to Dodge County as a teenager, attending and graduating from Dodge County High School. He spent four years in the navy prior to attending Georgia State University, graduating with a degree in Accounting. After his college years, Mr. Garrett settled in Atlanta with his wife of forty-eight years, the former Kay Barlow. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett lived in Atlanta for thirty-three years. Mr. Garrett spent a total of thirty-two years in the Federal Government's employ, with twenty-eight of those spent working for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
In addition to serving on the Hospital Board, Mr. Garrett is also a member of the Ocmulgee Electric Membership Corporation’s (OEMC) Foundation Board. He and Miss Kay attend Gresston Baptist Church. They enjoy limited traveling and being outdoors. Mr. Garrett says it’s a good thing too, since he spends a lot of time on his lawn mower!
MINISTER CECIL BARDEN
Minister Barden is the son of Mr. C.T. and Mrs. Bertha Barden. He graduated from Mercer University in 1992 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Atlanta Extension center). Mr. Barden has a lovely wife, Joyce and two children, Alora and Aren.
He served in the Armed Forces - an army war veteran of Desert Storm. His hobbies include playing basketball and watching all kinds of sports on television, and he really enjoys spending time with his family.
Minister Barden is the Pastor and Founder of Faith In Action Baptist Church in Eastman, Georgia (1998). Additionally, he is the Resident Services Coordinator at Eastman Housing Authority.
MR. MITCHELL COFFEE
Mr. Coffee is a life-long resident of Dodge County. He and his wife, Susan, have a son and a daughter. They attend First United Methodist Church in Eastman. Mr. Coffee is the owner of Coffee Farms, a Rotary member, and is involved in many activities in the Eastman-Dodge County area.
MRS. MIMI DANIELS DENNIS
Mrs. Dennis grew up and attended school in Eastman. She graduated from Dodge County High School, Middle Georgia College and obtained a Master's Degree from the University of Georgia. She is married to Gene Dennis and has two daughters and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Dennis has worked in the field of education for 38 years. Most of those years were in the Dodge County system where she served as a teacher, principal and superintendent. She retired in 2010.
Mrs. Dennis has been active in the community and has been a member of many civic organizations. She was appointed by the governor to the Georgia Council on Aging in 2010. She has also served on several other state boards. Mrs. Dennis is a member of First Baptist Church.
MR. MANDEL TRENT MULLIS
Mr. Mullis, a native of Dodge County, is an alumni of Dodge County High School,
Middle Georgia College, and the University of Georgia. He graduated with a degree in agronomy. He was widowed in 2008 after thirty years of marriage to Barbara Rogers.
He has three children - Amanda Moore, Mara Mullis, and Josh Mullis, and three grandchildren, Marlie Moore, Kamden Graham, and Maddox Mullis. He attends church at Plainfield Baptist in Dodge County.
Mr. Mullis worked for Gold Kist, Inc. for twenty years until it was acquired by another cooperative, Southern States, Inc., in 1998. He currently works as a Field Sales Associate out of the Cochran, Georgia office of Southern States. Mr. Mullis is very active in the community, and enjoys spending time with his children, grandchildren,
DR. JAMES H. TISON
Dr. James H. Tison has been a member of the Dodge County Hospital medical staff since June 1976. He was a dedicated physician to his patients and the hospital until he decided to close his office on December 31, 2009. Dr. Tison continues to serve as a hospitalist on a part-time basis. Dr. Tison was appointed to the Hospital Authority Board in May 2014, and continues to serve as a member.
Dr. Tison graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his internship at Tampa Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
MR. REGGIE SHEFFIELD
Arthur R. (Reggie) Sheffield grew up on a small farm in Dodge County. He graduated from Dodge County High School in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degree from the University of Georgia. While finishing his Master’s degree he worked briefly as a teacher at Rhine Elementary School. He was employed for 10 years at the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon before coming to work at Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Eastman in 1987. Presently he is the Executive Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors at C B & T.
Reggie is an ordained deacon and Sunday School teacher at the Eastman First Baptist Church. He is president of the Eastman Rotary Club for 2009-2010.
Reggie has been married to the former Ellen Lewis for 28 years. They have two sons. Philip and his wife, Rachel, live in Tyler, Texas. Andrew and his wife, Kimberly, live in Kansas City, Missouri. He has served on the Dodge County Hospital Authority Board since 2004.