The Ocean County Board of Health (OCBOH) announced at its January 3, 2024 meeting the election of its current officer team for another term. John J. Mallon was voted Board Chairman – Chairman Mallon has been a member of the OCBOH for more than 3 decades. Mr. Mallon was first elected chairman back on January 7, 1998.
“Mr. Mallon has volunteered his time on the board with unwavering dedication and I couldn’t be any more pleased to be working with him in this capacity again in 2024,” said Deputy Director, Gary Quinn, Ocean County Commissioner and liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “He brings so much experience to the table and has the same enthusiasm and commitment to civil service that he had when he first joined the board. We look forward to his consistent leadership and direction as we further our mission to best serve Ocean County residents.”
Also re-elected is Senator Robert Singer as Vice-Chairman. The Senator has been volunteering his time on the Board since he became a member of the Ocean County Board of Health back on March 24, 1982. He was named Secretary/Treasurer from 1983 through 1998 and has held the title of Vice-Chairman every year since 1999.
For more than 30 years Senator Singer has worked diligently for the people of our county and state while serving in the New Jersey State Legislature. The lawmaker continues as the senior ranking member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Services Committee and also serves on the Advisory Council on Arthritis, the Governor’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and Related Blood-Borne Pathogens and the New Jersey Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care.
“It’s been an incredible privilege for me working with Senator Singer for the past 2 decades,” explained Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator. “Senator Singer’s commitment to Public Health is unwavering. Being the largest local governmental public health agency in the state – serving more than 680,000 full-time residents – we are extremely fortunate to have a board member with Senator Singer’s experience and long successful track record. His expertise is second to none.”
Ms. Veronica Laureigh will serve once again in the capacity as OCBOH Secretary/Treasurer – a title she’s held continuously since 2018. The Lacey Township Business Administrator has had a place on the board since April 7, 1999.
“As business administrator for a large township, Ms. Laureigh brings so much knowledge in government that is just so valuable to this board,” said Chairman, Jack Mallon. “Over the years she’s been someone who I lean on for a variety of questions whether it’s finance, human resources or unions. She’s such a smart administrator and a dedicated professional who knows what it takes to run an agency the size of our health department.”
“We just came out of four years of one of our country’s biggest health crisis with the COVID pandemic, and our officers – as well as our entire board – were here for this agency and its employees 24/7,” Regenye added. “It was unchartered territory for everyone but I’m proud and grateful for the leadership and support we received from day one. This is a very special group of civil servants and we look forward to working with our re-elected officers – and the rest of the board in 2024.”
The other members of the Ocean County Board of Health are Jennifier Bacchione; Dr. Avinash Gupta, MD; Maurice “Mo” Hill, D.M.D.; Dr. Theresa “Teri” Kubiel, DNP; Henry Mancini and Ruthanne Scaturro.