Catalyst for Positive Change Awards

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Syntero hosted the 31st Annual Catalyst for Positive Awards on Friday, April 22, 2022. The Catalyst for Positive Change Awards showcases students from Central Ohio high schools who have demonstrated outstanding community service and exemplify Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness.

We greatly appreciate the support of our valued community partners who helped celebrate amazing young people and raise $40,000 in support of Syntero’s compassionate, professional, expert counseling and community-based services for Central Ohioans of all ages and from all walks of life!

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2022 Keynote Speaker – Amy Acton, MD, MPH

Keynote Speaker Dr. Amy Acton

Dr. Amy Acton is a licensed physician in private practice in Preventive Medicine and Public Health with over 30 years of experience in executive leadership, philanthropy, public service, teaching, and advocacy. Among many honors, Dr. Acton received the JFK Library Profile in Covid Courage Award for her leadership as Director of The Ohio Department of Health during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.She recently was named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year.

Dr. Acton’s vision is to create the conditions in which all our citizens can lead flourishing lives and contribute to their fullest potential. Dr. Acton lives in Bexley, Ohio with her husband Eric, a teacher and coach with the Bexley City Schools for 38 years, and their dog Winnie. They love spending time in nature and visiting with their six grown children and their partners, and two young grandchildren.

Speech topic: The Leader We All Wish We Had Is You!

Presenting Sponsors


Visionary Sponsors


Champion Sponsors


Star Sponsors



  • J. Mariah Beidleman
  • Kathy Harter
  • Jean Hinkel
  • HomeLight
  • Mary Margaritis
  • Corinne McManus
  • Lindsey Minkoff
  • Jan Richardson
  • Judson VanAntwerp


Show your support for inspiring youth by becoming an event sponsor today! All proceeds from the Catalyst for Positive Change Awards support Syntero’s critical services and programs. Donations of all sizes are appreciated and will be recognized during the event!

Event Background Information

“Syntero” is the Greek word for “support.” Syntero’s mission is to advocate and support the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities by providing professional, compassionate, behavioral health and social services that adapt to the changing needs of the community. Syntero’s emphasis on being a catalyst for change in the lives of individuals, families and communities inspired the Catalyst for Positive Change Awards breakfast, which focuses on honoring high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate these attributes and actions.

Since 1991, Syntero has honored more than 1,500 students for their exceptional character, service and community impact–for being Catalysts for Positive Change! Syntero recognizes that community service opportunities have been limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the agency continues to celebrate the community impact of amazing Central Ohio high school students who exemplify Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusion. Due to the pandemic, the award ceremony was hosted virtually in 2020 and 2021; however, Syntero is excited to transition back to an in-person reception/award ceremony in 2022.

Past Keynote Speakers (abbreviated)

  • Chris Spielman, Former OSU Football Player and Pro Football Player, husband of Stephanie Spielman
  • Satch Sullinger, Basketball Coach and author of “Winning with Purpose”
  • Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, NOMA, NCARB, LEED AP, Founder/Chairman of the Board – Moody Nolan
  • Alex Sheen, Founder of Non-Profit, “Because I Said I Would”
  • Ann Fisher, WOSU Radio- “All Sides with Ann Fisher”
  • David Brown, Founder and Director of the Harmony Project
  • Sarah Nerad, Founder of Heartland Recovery High School, the first recovery high school in Ohio
  • Simon Fraser, Former OSU Football Player and Pro Football Player-Became a doctor after his infant twins were born prematurely
  • Joe Blundo, Columbus Dispatch Columnist
  • Maddie Spielman, daughter of Chris Spielman and Stephanie Spielman and Breast Cancer Prevention Advocate-Former High School All Star Salute Honoree