NAMI Staff

Executive Director – Nathaniel Ekman

Executive Director Emeritus – Nancy Carstedt

Christine Somervill, PhD – Program Director

Sue Ockerlund – Development Director

Brian Rootberg – Peer Program Coordinator

Kip Russell – Social Media Director

Zecharia Gilbert – Digital Marketing Director

Moira Melendez – Administrator and Resource Specialist

Rena Thompson – Director of Finance & Administrator

Anne Kroemer – Grant Writer


Officers & Board of Directors

President – Richard DeCleene
Vice President – Steven Warshauer
Executive Director – Nathaniel Ekman
Recording Secretary – Sandra Shovers
Treasurer – Chic Marasa
Immediate Past President – Patricia Rodbro

Frieda Ankin
Chris Dee
Maun Dee
Ann George
Judy Graff
Samantha Handley – Trilogy CEO
Candice Hughes
Bonnie Lane
Tina Nelson
Julie Savastio
Carolina Velazquez


James Brodnicki
Steve Colton
Joan DeCleene
Jennifer Hull
Jennifer Bishop Jenkins
Brenda Jordan
Jim Jorgensen
Seemin Khan, MD
Susan Kuhn
Sally Mann
Angelo Milazzo
Vi Orr
Stanley Rothbardt
Gregg Sackrider
Frank Saracco
Jacqleen Scafide
John Schladweiler


Steve Best, MD
Dan Greenberger
Fred Miller, M.D.
Micki Moran, J.D.
Ray Savastio, R.Ph.
Susan Shimon
Robert Shulman, M.D.


Our Associate Board is an emerging group of young leaders in the community who support the mission of NAMI CCNS to raise awareness, provide education, advocacy, and support groups for all in our communities living with mental illness and the people who love and care for them.

We are erasing the stigma of mental illness together through volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, outreach, and social events. We invite you to join with us! Join us to plan what our future can and will look like!

Please email us at,, or for more information and become part of the movement.

Associate Board

Matt DeFano
Jon Galanis
Steven Galanis
Melissa Gustafson
Josh Kaplan
Christina Rinozzi
Kip Russell
CJ Walton