OHI's Executive Team
Theresa Berger is the President and Chief Executive Officer Of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. - (OHI). She assumed the role in December 2003 when OHI became a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike. In May 2005, OHI received its full designation to become an FQHC, making it the first community health center in Ocean County, NJ.
As President and CEO, Dr. Berger leads an Executive Leadership Team focused on OHI’s vision to provide high quality, accessible and affordable family health care to the area’s residents. Under her leadership, OHI has transformed the conventional view of affordable healthcare, turning OHI from a clinic, to a health center and now a Patient-Centered Medical Home. OHI currently serves approximately 25,000 patients a year with 94,000 visits annually by its staff of over 200. In 2013, OHI was awarded Level 3 Recognition at all its sites by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which is the highest level award for quality recognition a FQHC can receive.
Dr. Berger has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in ambulatory care settings. Prior to her role at OHI, she served as the Executive Director of the Kimball Medical Center- Neighborhood Health Center where she was responsible for overseeing, managing, coordinating and supervising day-to-day activities for a multi-clinic community healthcare practice consisting of Medical, Pediatric, OB/GYN, Surgical, ENT, and Dental services.
Dr. Berger also serves as the chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association which represents all 23 Community Health Centers and 127 satellite community-based ambulatory healthcare facilities throughout the state of New Jersey.
Dr. Berger holds a Doctor of Medicine with concentrations in internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, geriatric medicine, family practice, and emergency medicine from the Universidad Mexico Americana Del Norte; and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wagner College.
Theresa is a proud resident of Howell, NJ. She has lived in Howell for over 20 years with her husband and 2 sons. Her eldest son just graduated from the Law and Public Service Learning Center at Colts Neck High School and will be attending New York University starting in the Fall of 2016. Her youngest son attends Howell High School.
Ms. Hogan, the director of operations at OHI since 2004, Has successfully managed the implementation of the Electronic Medical Records database at all OHI service sites. She also oversees the operations of the Call Center, security team, maintenance, IT Department, and the Purchasing Department including Central Supply. Ms. Hogan has effectively managed the site renovations of the clinical space and exam rooms at the Lakewood OHI site, thus expanding its access and capacity.
Ms. Hogan has over 15 years of experience in practice management. Her expertise has enabled programs at OHI to operate at a high level of efficiency. She has been with OHI since 2005 and will continue to be instrumental in leading the program as the team works to expand its additional service-site accessibility in the very near future.
National Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, Ireland
Certificate in Nursing for Children
Presentation / De LaSalle College, Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland
Leaving Certificate with Honors
Judith Sousa MD FAAP
Judith Sousa MD FAAP
Education and Industry Experience: I have been a pediatrician for 10 years. I graduated residency from Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 2012 I worked for OHI August 2012 left in April of 2019 and returned in April 2021 In March of 2022 I was offered the role as interim CMO at OHI and started my position full-time on April 18, 2022
On my Clinical days:
I spend my days seeing well children for their physical, performing sports physical and seeing sick patients as well.
During well child care I spend my time discussing child development and vaccines to the parents as well as answering their questions.
On my administrative days:
I spend my days meeting with providers and members of senior management about ways to better improve healthcare. I am on a learning curve and feel like this is a great opportunity to learn what goes on “behind the scenes” in an FQHC,
Favorite part of working at OHI: I love working with such a cohesive team to accomplish a goal. The pharmacy and laboratory services are also great it is such a pleasure to work with people who love and cherish what they do.
Fun fact (hobbies, passions, or other organizations you may be involved in):
On my days off I love spending time with my family!! We love to travel and go on cruises. We love to
take day trips with our young children to the beach, Great Wolf and sesame place!
Chris Ollemar, OHI's CFO (Chief Financial Officer), is an accountant with extensive health care experience. Joining OHI as Controller in 2012, Mr. Ollemar has over 15 years of financial experience and a successful track record of increasing revenues by developing sound financial policies and systems with expertise in instituting controls to minimize costs and increase operational efficiency.
In previous positions, Chris substantially reduced costs by instituting labor controls and ensuring proper and strategic staffing, improved technical skills of the service team and instituted performance incentives, which resulted in reduced labor costs and higher customer satisfaction.