OHI's Executive Team
Theresa Berger is the President and Chief Executive Officer Of opens in a new windowOcean 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 delivering opens in a new windowOHI’s vision to provide high quality, accessible and affordable family health care to the area’s residents, regardless of their ability to pay. Under her leadership, OHI has transformed the conventional view of affordable healthcare, transforming OHI from clinic to health center and finally to Patient-Centered Medical Home. OHI currently serves approximately 30,000 patients a year with almost 100,000 visits annually by its staff of over 250 employees. In 2013, OHI was opens in a new windowawarded Level 3 Recognition at all of its nine locations by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which is the highest award for quality recognition that a FQHC can receive.
Dr. Berger has more than 25 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. Prior to this, she completed her residency by working with HIV/AIDS patients in New York City. She has previously served as the chairwoman for the NJ Primary Care Association.
Dr. Berger also proudly serves as the Mayor of Howell, NJ, the town in which she has been residing with her family for the last 25 years. She has held this position since 2016.
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. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Theresa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York but has lived in New Jersey with her husband, Eric, and two sons for over 25 years. Her eldest son has just completed a Master's degree in Global Governance at UCL in London, UK and her youngest son is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in History at TCNJ in hopes of becoming an educator.
Judith Sousa MD FAAP
Dr. 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!
Bridget Hogan, Chief Operations Officer has 25+ years of healthcare leadership experience and has been with OHI since 2005. Prior to that, Bridget worked in private practice, managing 15 offices in the borough of Manhattan NYC. She obtained a Pediatric Nursing degree in Dublin, Ire.Bridget works very closely with the CEO and management team to ensure the day-to-day operations are designed to meet the needs and requirements of our patients, medical providers and partners, our staff and the communities we serve. She is passionate about developing others, creative thinking, driving innovation, and continuous process improvement.
National Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, Ireland
Certificate in Nursing for Children
Presentation / De LaSalle College, Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland
Leaving Certificate with Honors
Nancy Martorelli, MPA
Nancy Martorelli Chief Human Resources Officer has returned to Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) in August 2022. Prior to returning to OHI Nancy held the position as CHRO at two other FQHCs in the Chicagoland area. Nancy has 25+ years of experience in human resources management in various healthcare environments. Nancy’s areas of expertise include continuously designing and implementing comprehensive human resources initiatives to address organizational challenges which also include leadership and organizational development, recruitment, performance management, policies and procedures, and benefits. She holds her Master of Public Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College.
As Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Compliance Officer, Chris Ollemar brings over 20 years of experience in accounting to Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. He joined OHI as Controller in October 2012 and was promoted in January 2014 to Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining OHI, he began his career in public accounting working for both international and regional accounting firms serving the healthcare industry.
As Chief Financial Officer at OHI, Chris is responsible for its financial operations including accounting, internal and external financial reporting, operational and capital financial planning, forecasting and decision support. Chris has 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.
Through implementation and enforcement of compliance policies, procedures and standards of conduct, Chris ensures OHI complies with federal and state laws, in his role as Corporate Compliance Officer.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from James Madison University in 1996
OHI's Vice President's Team
As the Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle & Practice Management for Ocean Health Initiatives, Keila oversees the strategic direction, goal setting and performance management of the revenue cycle processes, practice sites and Care Enrichment Coaches.
Keila brings a wealth of operational, finance knowledge and experience spanning several decades to Ocean Health Initiatives; where she has held several positions: Beginning in 2004 as a Medical Assistant, she rose to the positions of Credentialing Coordinator, Certified Professional Coder, Regional Practice Director and transitioned to Vice President of Quality Assurance in 2018 before being promoted to Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle & Practice Management in 2020.
Because healthcare is a right, Keila is dedicated to helping the community and making sure that everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, or religion, has access to health care that is affordable and available throughout the course of their lives.
Kimberly Tozzi provides a decade of experience to Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), including previous pivotal roles in administration, community relations, outreach and enrollment, operations and human resources. She currently serves as Vice President of Employee Engagement, which oversees organizational performance systems, employee engagement and education.
Kim has held various positions with OHI including Director of Employee Performance, Regional Practice Director, Community Relations Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CEO. She received a Bachelor of Science from Monmouth University, graduating with a double major in Business Management and Marketing.
Utilizing her experiences from multiple departments, Kim has established innovative implementations during her role as VP; including a companywide work OS system where custom-built performance workflows are tracked through extensive reporting. She also developed multifaceted team scorecards, that redesigned the way performance by employees, management and the overall organization are tracked.
Kim strives every day to be an essential part of the growth and prosperity of OHI, appreciating the FQHC’s ongoing mission and vision, which she truly believes in. Her long-term goals are to continue leading OHI to its greatest heights, reaching maximum potential for its patients, staff and community.
Warren A. Sherard
Warren Sherard is the Vice President of Operations and Outreach. In that role Warren is responsible for all Ocean Health Initiatives’ facilities including construction, renovation, maintenance, and licensing. In this regard he leads the Purchasing, Security, Housekeeping and Maintenance teams. Additionally, he manages various contracted vendors and suppliers. He also leads the Outreach team which works to establish, strengthen, and leverage partnerships with community organizations in the effort to diminish healthcare inequities.
Warren’s relationship with OHI began as a member of the Board of Directors in 2004 where he eventually served as Chairman. He was initially hired as Director of Facilities in 2013.
A bilingual (Spanish) community organizer and past President of the Ocean County Branch of the NAACP, Warren worked extensively in Ocean County with various non-profit organizations, churches, and local governments to advocate on behalf of historically marginalized and underserved communities in the areas of education, employment, housing, and civil rights.
As the Vice President of Information Technology for Ocean Health Initiatives, Anthony oversees the IT and Data departments, defines technology infrastructure, and shapes service delivery across the organization.
Anthony brings a wealth of IT knowledge and experience spanning several decades to Ocean Health Initiatives; where he has held several positions: Beginning in 2011 as a Security Officer, he rose to the position of Regional Practice Director in 2014 and transitioned to Director of Information Technology in late 2015 before being promoted to Vice President of Information Technology in 2022.
While overseeing IT, he has completely redesigned the organization’s technological landscape. With a strong belief that mobility and collaboration are the keystones for providing excellent service, Anthony has implemented numerous groundbreaking innovations which promote fluid, highly adaptable and collaborative environments through the use of emergent technology. Always operating under the premise that traditional is past tense, he is constantly striving to utilize the latest technologies in new and impactful ways.
Melanie Mitchell, LCSW
Melanie Mitchell LCSW
As the Vice President of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), Melanie Mitchell brings over 20 years of experience to Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who oversees our Behavioral Health and Wellness Departments. Prior to coming to OHI in 2009, she has worked extensively in the social work field with people challenged with mental illness and addiction disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
As Vice President of SDoH, Melanie assists the mission of OHI by addressing individual health-related social needs and community social determinants of health. She focuses on the many medical and non-medical drivers of poor health outcomes, with a primary goal to identify and effectively address barriers to health.
Melanie is a member of the LACADA, the local advisory committee of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Ocean County.
Melanie received her Masters of Social Work from Fordham University and Bachelor of Social Work from Kean University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2003.
Dr. Theresa Bello, PharmD, RPH
Dr. Theresa Bello
Dr Theresa Bello, PharmD, RPh has worked in neighborhood and hospital pharmacies in Ocean, Monmouth, and Middlesex Counties since 2005. She earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy Practice from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2013 graduating with honors. While at Rutgers she focused her elective courses in management and completed advanced practice experience at Jersey Shore University Hospital. After graduating from Rutgers, she began practicing in Toms River. In this community pharmacy she launched the first pharmacist immunization program in New Jersey for the organization.
In 2015 Dr Bello joined the OHI team opening the first OHI Pharmacy in Manchester as the Pharmacist in Charge. Then as Director of Pharmacy she helped expand the pharmacy department to all OHI sites. She strives to create a diverse department that can handle all facets of medication needs of patients and healthcare providers at OHI. She is passionate about the 340b program which provides low-cost drugs for OHI and OHI's patients.
In 2020 Dr Bello moved into her current role as Vice President of Quality Assurance and Enabling Services. In this role she implemented our telehealth services, administered hundreds of COVID-19 immunizations, and leads OHI's population health programs. She is chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and co-chair of our 340B Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.