Mike Flood was appointed to serve as the Co-Interim Executive Director for the NNDC while a search is underway for a full-time Executive Director. Mike spent 17 years (mostly in corporate training/management) with IBM, as President of a private non-profit college specializing in Information Systems education, work as a serial Interim CEO in 19 different companies, and over 20 years owning and operating a private commercial mortgage bank/brokerage. Mike is a Senior Life Member of Rotary International and has been a member of the Board of the YMCA of San Diego and the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Since 2015, he has served on the Advisory Board of The Eisenberg Family Depression Center at the University of Michigan and was the Founding Chair of the NNDC Advisory Council.


Rob Vallentine was appointed to serve as the Co-Interim Executive Director for the NNDC while a search is underway for a full-time Executive Director. Rob will focus on strategy, operations and fund development. Over the last several years, Rob has become a community advocate, focused on breaking the stigma of mental health by sharing his own story of hope, healing and growth. Rob is a National Trainer for The National Council for Mental Wellbeing and is certified to teach Adult, Youth and Workplace Mental Health First Aid. An employee of Dow for more than 30 years, Rob retired in December 2019 as President of the Dow Company Foundation. He recently completed a 3-year assignment as an Executive in Residence at Saginaw Valley State University. Rob also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Network of Depression Centers and the University of Michigan Eisenberg Family Depression Center Director’s Advancement Council. Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and a master’s degree in business administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.


Dr. Parikh serves as Medical Director for the NNDC, overseeing the implementation of strategic initiatives supporting innovations in the areas of Education, Access, and Research, as well as supporting national and international collaboration efforts. He is currently the John F. Greden Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience, and Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also serves as Associate Director of the University of Michigan Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg and Family Depression Center. Dr. Parikh is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he was on staff full-time from 1994-2015. In Toronto, he served as Director of Continuing Mental Health Education and Head of General Psychiatry, and at Toronto’s major hospital grouping, the University Health Network, he completed two terms as Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief and served as President of the Medical Staff Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Previously, he was head of the Bipolar Clinic and Director of CME at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Dr. Parikh’s education spans both the US and Canada, as a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover; Columbia University (Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering); and McGill University Faculty of Medicine (M.D, C.M.). He trained in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and at the University of Toronto, and subsequently completed a two-year Research and Clinical Fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Parikh joined the NNDC in April of 2015.



Diana has headed the NNDC Task Group Program since late 2019. She leads multiple grants and provides input across the organization’s scientific and educational initiatives. Additionally, she will guide the 2023 Clinical Trials Network initiative for the NNDC. Diana has a background in clinical research development, stemming from 30 years in industry and academic settings, with 10 years of teaching experience. She earned a BS in Biology and an MS in Health Physics from the University of Michigan, joining the NNDC in August of 2019.



Mary provides project administration and program support for the NNDC. She earned a BS degree in Health Systems Management from Ferris State University. She has more than 30 years’ experience in strategy development for businesses and non profits; project leadership; executive communications; and technical and professional writing. She is actively involved in mental health education and awareness and is passionate about helping traditionally underserved populations and people most in need. Mary joined the NNDC in August 2023.



Brad provides administrative and financial support for the NNDC. Brad brings over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, and administration from a variety of industries. His prior role was that of Business Manager for a non-profit entity for the past 17 years where he oversaw all support and back-end operations for a $7 million entity. Brad has a bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Spring Arbor University. Brad joined the NNDC in July 2022.



Shilpa provides events and communications support for the NNDC. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing, advertising, graphic design, and event planning within numerous types of organizations. Through the years, she has managed several large projects, led innovative marketing campaigns, and developed successful initiatives. Shilpa graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Shilpa joined the NNDC in July 2022.