Meet Steve Merz, Interim President and CEO

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

We are pleased to welcome Steve Merz to Diamond as Interim President and CEO. As a former Operations Executive at Diamond, Steve is familiar with the company and was pleased to have been asked to serve in this role.

Enjoy this mini interview that offers a sneak peek into Steve's background and his favorites in life.

Where did you grow up and where do you currently live? What do you like most about the area you live in? I grew up in upstate New York. My mother was a teacher and my father was an executive at Eastman Kodak.  I currently live in Maine, just north of Portland. Growing up as a scout, and being a scout leader, Maine is the perfect place to enjoy all the things I appreciate outdoors.

Tell us a bit about your family. What do you enjoy doing most together? One daughter just graduated from college and my other daughter and son are going back to college and high school this fall. My wife, Nandini, is an attorney who works as the Executive Director of a not-for-profit foundation. Our most enjoyed family time is spent at the beach or hiking and camping in our beautiful state.

What is your favorite book of all time? A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. I’ve also read all of Stephen King’s novels. As he resides in Bangor, reading Stephen King’s books are a must if you live in Maine.

When did your interest in Behavioral Health begin? When I was in college, I was interested in philosophy. It was during the time I was writing my senior thesis about why people have their rights taken away during involuntary commitment that I started to have a great interest in mental health.

What core news story stands out the most from your past? The 2017 news title, “Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut officially open a new 20 bedroom, $11.35 million house across the street from Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital”. As a young administrator in training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, I was encouraged to join a board and get involved with a local, charitable organization. I chose the Ronald McDonald House of CT. To see this open after years of planning and fundraising was amazing and humbling.

At what point might you feel you’ve met true success? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that true success isn’t felt by achieving a goal.

True success is the journey and the honorable people you meet along the way to achieving the goal. What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?
“Mind your rests”. In music, a rest is just as important as a musical note. I love to sing, so this advice resonates with me and can be applied to everyday life. Take a break and listen to be able to appreciate the gaps with no sound as you may be able to learn something new.

Read Steve's professional bio