MediTelecare™ Executive Team
Our leadership team has an exceptional track record within the behavioral healthcare industry. However, they each also encompass qualities that matter to us: compassion for the patients we treat, commitment to delivering evidenced based medicine via the most current technology, and consistency in representing our mission, services, and customer support. Each member of our executive team contributes to the success and growth of MediTelecare™ , ensuring that we embody the high standards we expect of ourselves, and that we change the life of each patient who we treat.
Ed Mercadante, BSPharm, R.Ph., D.Sc.(Hon)
Chief Executive Officer
Through his experiences in delivering premier behavioral health services to over 1500 long term care facilities he recognized that there was significant shortage of quality care in rurally situated facilities. He founded MediTelecare to improve access to world class clinical services and to introduce new mobile telemedicine technologies to patients in these facilities.
Ed’s management focus is customer and patient centered. He believes that what MediTelecare does for its patients is relevant to their overall quality of life and MediTelecare should always be striving to improve, whether in its clinical services or technologies to create better patient outcomes.
President & Chief Operating Officer
A native Bostonian, Donna is an avid Red Sox fan. Her bucket list includes visits to every major league ballpark. She also enjoys golf, bowling and baseball. Ms. Dooley lives in southeastern Connecticut with her husband.
Executive Vice President &
Chief Growth Officer
Mr. DioGuardi stands at the forefront of the fastest moving health care technology trend: Telehealth Services. Throughout his tenure Randy has built a reputation for developing cutting edge business strategies, incubating new clinical models, and building out telehealth specific programs. He joined Medoptions in 2015 to help integrate a successful telehealth model for Skilled and Assisted living facilities. Prior to that he has spent 6 years working within the federal government as a health systems specialist as a leader in the use of telemedicine and other telehealth strategies to improve the quality of veteran patient care.
After enormous industry growth and successful spinoff off Medoptions Connect to form Meditelecare Randy will help Meditelecare to set an industry standard of care.
Randy holds a MBA and bachelors degree in Management. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Away from the office, Randy enjoys running, sailing, downhill skiing and spending time with his family.
Senior Vice President of Business Development and Customer Experience
Bernadette is very passionate about behavioral health, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease, and was a part of the launch, “Champions in the fight to end Alzheimer’s Women’s Campaign.” In her spare time, she enjoys boating with her family, spoiling her grandsons and letting her competitive spirit shine partaking in bootcamp and spinning classes.
Dr. Steven Powell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Powell currently holds academic appointments in the Dartmouth system and has held faculty positions with Dartmouth Medical School as an Instructor in Psychiatry and as an Instructor with The Dartmouth Institute. He completed internships in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, a residency in Leadership Preventive Medicine, and was Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, and he is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Powell is also a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Powell currently works clinically as an Internist and a Psychiatrist, with a focus on Addiction Medicine.
Sherri Perry, MS, APRN, FNP-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Sherri started as a clinician with MedOptions Behavioral Health in June of 2016 and transferred to tele-health with MedOptions Connect, which would become Meditelecare in the fall of 2017. She strongly shares the company’s vision of providing quality psychiatric care to residents in rural LTC facilities who otherwise would not have it.
Sherri assists the clinical team in continued development of skills needed to stay experts in our field. She provides a supportive work environment with mutual respect and collaboration thus leading the team in achieving the best care possible for our patients.
Sherri is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard search and rescue team. She lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire with her husband, daughter and 2 Labradors. She enjoys NH summers, hikes with the dogs and spending time outside.
Dr. Sherie Friedrich
Chief Psychology Officer
She has also worked as a psychological consultant conducting comprehensive evaluations for state and private institutions. Dr. Friedrich has a special interest in lifespan development and prior to joining the MedOptions team she was the Clinical Director at a child and family practice. She joined MedOptions nearly three years ago, starting as a consulting psychologist. Over the past year Dr. Friedrich has worked in the capacity of Clinical Director at MediTelecare, focusing on the growth and development of the Department of Psychology. Her clinical interests include ethics, the psychological implications of trauma, personality formation, group dynamics, and lifespan development. In her work she enjoys developing and fostering meaningful relationships both with her patients as well as with the facilities she serves.
She lives at home in NH with her husband Jesse and their two sons Julian and Quinn and a giant Great Dane. In her free time she loves camping, gardening, and baking.
Dr. Jessica Badichek PharmD
Chief Informatics and Compliance Officer
She authored our comprehensive drug formulary and has been involved in creating Key Performance Reports for clinical prescribing and antipsychotic gradual dose reduction in SNF’s. She lives in Farmington CT with her husband Derek and their 2 cats.