Meet Our Leadership Team

The leadership team at Meridian HealthCare is committed to ensuring that our patients receive the right care, in the right place at the right time.

Lawrence J. Moliterno

Lawrence J. Moliterno


Lawrence J. Moliterno serves as both President and Chief Executive Officer of Meridian HealthCare.

He has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Lawrence holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Youngstown State University and taught as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Williamson College of Business for over 10 years. Lawrence has also been a Boardman Trustee for the last 15 years.

Darla Gallagher

Darla Gallagher


Darla Gallagher oversees all operation activities, administrative support, human resources and medical records for Meridian HealthCare.

Darla has over 30 years experience in the field of non-profit financial management and currently serves as the Senior VP and Chief Operations Officer for the agency.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Youngstown State University.

Dr. Luis Villaplana

Dr. Luis Villaplana


Dr. Villaplana joins Meridian HealthCare with over 30 years of experience practicing medicine in the Valley.

Dr. Villaplana graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s degree in biology in 1982 and graduated from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico with a medical degree in 1986. He then headed to Youngstown to complete his Residency training in Categorical Internal Medicine at the Youngstown Hospital Association.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.


  • Mr. William Padisak – President
    Mahoning/Trumbull Labor Council
  • Mr. David Stauffer – Vice President/Treasurer
    Youngstown Jewish Federation
  • Mr. Rodney Strichek – Secretary
    Par Insurance Agency, Inc.


  • Ms. Cynthia Cerimele
    Windsor House
  • Mr. James Ford
    Community Legal Aid
  • Dr. John Hazy
    Youngstown State University
  • Rev. Dr. Lewis W. Macklin II
    Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
  • Ms. Tracie L. Schmidt, Esq.
    Friedman & Rummell, Co. L. P. A.
  • Sgt. Derick A. Young (Ret)
    Mahoning County Common Pleas Veterans Honor Court
  • Mr. Barry Franks
    Jet Stream International, Inc.
  • Mr. Todd Hogan
    Edward Jones
  • Mr. Joseph R. Mancino
    Western Reserve Advisors
  • Ms. Courtney Segool
    Towson University