However currently Mernone serves at the helm of not one, but two successful healthcare supply distribution companies; Gluco Perfect, which she owns entirely and which distributes medical items for diabetic care, and Perfect Care, an incontinence product supply company of which she owns a 50 percent stake.
And while Mernone is perfectly at ease leading her thriving companies today from the 20,000-square-foot Richmond Hill warehouse and office where both are based, it’s been a difficult road indeed leading to her current successes.
After the death of her husband Kevin in October 2013, the founder of Gluco Perfect and co-founder of Perfect Care with his brother, Mernone arrived at the offices ready to take on her position of CEO as her husband’s will had stipulated.
“I came in here to make a smooth transition and really get a handle of where the businesses were at the time,” she said.
However, she hadn’t so much as walked through the office doors when she realized something was terribly awry. Upon arriving at the offices, she says the company’s accountant of 17 years told her the companies were defunct, that she had no right to her husband’s companies, and called the police on her.
“She threw us out,” she said.
In the ensuing months, Mernone says she soon discovered evidence to show the accountant had embezzled huge sums of money from the company since her husband had fallen ill, allegedly even renting out a warehouse where she stored stolen product from the company.
Since, Mernone has worked tirelessly to bring her to justice, work that finally landed Mernone in her position as CEO. The Queens district attorney is currently investigating the case.
The case is still pending, and Mernone says she has learned not to dwell on the past.
“I don’t wish harm on anybody,” she said. “I just say God let her get what she deserves.”
Part of moving on has involved recalibrating the company, working to expand the role of Gluco Perfect from simply supplying medical products to becoming an advocate of the diabetic community.
Mernone has been working in recent months to launch a website and blog with health tips and to spread awareness of the importance of understanding the disease.
“What I want to do is to let everyone know if you’re a diabetic it’s not the end of the world,” she said. “I want to concentrate on getting the word out there and making everyone knows what their numbers are and that they are living a healthy lifestyle.
“You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing,” she added.
She is also planning a seminar for sometime in the fall, where area diabetics can get information about healthy living and meet with leading doctors.
“I’m absolutely optimistic for the future,” she said. “Failure is not an option.”