Learn all about the executive leadership team at Long Island Select Healthcare.
Dr. James R Powell, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. James R. Powell, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer for LISH. Dr. Powell is a board-certified Internist as well as the Medical Director for both DDI and UCP of Suffolk. He has also been a member of the Options for Community Living’s Incident Review Committee since 2012 where he performs a critical role helping the organization review and monitor serious events and trends. He is currently on staff at Mather Memorial Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, and Peconic Bay Medical Center.
A former board member of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Powell has presented lectures nationwide in which he has championed the healthcare needs of the underserved. Thanks to LISH’s experience with a pre-COVID-19 telehealth program he has been quoted in journals and lectured on topics regarding virtual care and the need for long term sustainability.
Dr. Powell was born and raised on Long Island and returned to the area to settle down after attending Binghamton University, Ross University School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He enjoys cheering for the Mets and attending the activities of his four children alongside his wife Dana.
Balvindar Sareen MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE – Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Sareen joins us with more than 20 years of experience as a Physician and Administrator. He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American College of Physicians, and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He achieved the designation Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives and possesses an MBA from NYU.
Steven M. Asofsky, MA, LSP, CCC/TSHH – Rehab Supervisor
Steven M. Asofsky, MA, LSP, CCC/TSHH has been the chief administrator and managing partner of South Shore Center for Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders, LLP since its inception (1995) and has co-founded South Shore Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders, PLLC where he shares the same role. The South Shore Center for Speech was voted as Long Island’s TOP Speech Office in 2019 in Bethpage’s Best of Long Island.
Mr. Asofsky has earned a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University (1994). Through the American Speech and Hearing Association, he holds the Certificate for Clinical Competence. Furthermore, he is permanently certified through the New York State Education Department as a Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped. Mr. Asofsky is licensed through New York State as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
As such, Mr. Asofsky has been dedicated towards the treatment of patients ranging from birth through geriatrics. He has a concentration in the medical aspect of speech-pathology encompassing the treatment of motor speech disorders as well as cleft palate, feeding/swallowing difficulties, voice disorders and other congenital syndromes and acquired neurogenic disorders. He has developed programs for feeding disorders in school settings as well as nursing homes, outpatient rehabilitation and hospitals. He has performed modified barium swallow studies for the past fifteen years and has become certified in a fairly new FDA approved therapy for swallowing disorders (Vital Stim). Furthermore, he has his certification to perform Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST). Mr. Asofsky is also certified in LSVT for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other related neurological disorders. In addition to giving lectures on dysphagia to various paraprofessionals as well as other medical personnel, Mr. Asofsky is an adjunct instructor at Hofstra University. He is active as a supervisor for therapists who are in their clinical fellowship year (CFY) for speech-language pathology as well as supervises numerous graduate students from various universities throughout the country. He assists in staff education training in order to further the therapists’ abilities to perform such skills. Mr. Asofsky has been acknowledged for his services in rehabilitation relating to human communication sciences and disorders.
Mr. Asofsky is an active member of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LISHA) as he holds a position on the executive board as the Private Practice Councilor. He is further an active member of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSHLA) for which he is on the Insurance Task Force and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) where he is active on various special interest divisions.
Mark C. Boehrer, MS – Director Of Human Resources
Mark has over twenty years of experience leading the Human Resources Department in several healthcare organizations. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Labor Relations from New York Institute of Technology. Since joining Long Island Select Healthcare in July, 2016 he has been instrumental in building the Human Resources function to support the organization’s mission.
Amy Fleischer – Development Officer
Amy brings 30+ years of experience in the sports and live entertainment industries to take on the role of Development Officer at Long Island Select Healthcare. Amy has worked with such notable companies as Live Nation, Feld Entertainment, New York Islanders and IMG. Most recently she was the Community Relations Liaison for an Assisted Living facility. She oversees our fundraising, marketing, public relations and community relations efforts.
Alexandra Forte, MHA – Operations Manager
Alexandra joins us with experience from a variety of healthcare settings including a private office, home care and telehealth services. She earned her Master’s in Health Administration and Bachelor of Health Science from Hofstra University. She began her career with Long Island Select Healthcare as Virtual Care Coordinator where she developed and implemented LISH’s telehealth services and was promoted to Operations Manager where she will utilize her skillset throughout LISH.
Cristina I. Oliveri, MHA, PCMH-CCE – Director Of Quality & Compliance
Cristina brings a wealth of experience to her role as Long Island Select Healthcare’s Director of Quality. She previously worked as a Grants Management Coordinator for the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, a Quality Management Coordinator for EmblemHealth, and a consultant for PCMH, Advanced Primary Care, and MACRA implementation projects. Cristina graduated in 2019 with her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Janet Pepper, MBA – Chief Operating Officer
Janet brings over twenty-five years experience in Healthcare Operations Management to Long Island Select Healthcare’s Executive Team. She is a skilled leader with experience in ambulatory and clinical settings, as well as an inpatient setting. Janet has dedicated the last decade to primarily serving the clinical needs of Long Island’s indigent and developmentally disabled populations.
As Long Island Select Healthcare’s Practice Director, Janet is responsible for operational management and direction of all 8 sites. Janet has held executive leadership roles with several organizations including United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk Inc. and North-Shore -LIJ (now Northwell Health).
Janet earned her Masters of Business Administration from Dowling College as well as a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Dowling College
Josephine Pizzurro – Coccaro, NP – Director of Virtual Care
Josephine is Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse. She holds a master’s degree from Stonybrook University and a bachelor’s degree from Molloy College. Before attending graduate school at Stonybrook University Josephine worked as a registered nurse in a pediatric practice on Long Island as well as becoming a nurse manager at St Catherine of Sienna Hospital. With 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, Josephine continued to work in a private pediatric office specializing in the care of medically fragile children. In addition to working in the hospital and private office setting, Josephine became an adjunct professor in the nursing program at Adelphi University and has experience in community nursing, home care and telehealth services. Before joining Long Island Select Healthcare, Josephine oversaw the Telehealth Department at St Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
Pedro Rivera, MBA, CPC, RFS – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rivera has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit, healthcare, and government agencies. In the past 15 years, he has helped develop FQHC networks in both hospital and non-hospital environments. Holds an MBA from the Graduate School at Nyack College, a BBA from the Zicklin School at Baruch College, and a CPC certification from AAPC.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Romano, Psy.D. – Behavioral Health Supervisor
Dr. Romano is currently the Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Department at Long Island Select Healthcare. Dr. Romano can be found working from the Riverhead and Hauppauge offices. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, after completing graduate studies at Adelphi University and the University of North Carolina. While in North Carolina, he worked for a number of years at the Murdoch Center specializing in research and treatment of severe life-threatening self-injurious behavior in the developmentally disabled.
Before Long Island Select Healthcare’s inception, he spent approximately 30-years in various roles at DDI: as Clinical Director for the Adult Day Program, Assistant Director for the Children’s Residential Program, Chair for DDI’s Behavior Review Committee, and Chair of the Research Review Committee. Along with its founder, Mike Darcy, he helped start the Young Autism Program at DDI. For a number of years, while still at DDI, Dr. Romano worked closely with Dr. John Pomeroy at Stony Brook, where they focused on Asperger’s syndrome and Autism Spectrum disorders.
Over the years, Dr. Romano was mentored by Dr. Ivar Lovaas’ original graduates, Drs. Newsom, Rincover, and the late Dr. Carr, specializing in the treatment of behavior disorders in individuals with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. For those who are not familiar with Dr. Lovaas, he was arguably the most influential figure in developing the behavioral treatment and education of children with Autism, from the early ‘60’s until his passing in 2010.
Spiro Theoharakis, MD – Lead Psychiatrist
Dr. Theoharakis is a Board-Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who provides mental health assessments, medication management, and treatment planning. Dr. Theoharakis received his BA in Psychology at New York University, his medical degree at the Albany Medical College, and completed his internship and residency training at North Shore University Hospital, Cornell University Medical College.