Syntero Board member Helps Curve the Spread of COVID

Syntero Board Member Jill Porter, DO, FACOFP, and her team at OhioHealth were recently featured in Columbus CEO for the innovative ways they have helped community members stay safe during the pandemic. In addition to being the medical director for OhioHealth’s mobile clinics, Dr. Porter is the associate director of the Doctors Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. Click here to read the article.

Syntero Board of Directors Update

Syntero is pleased to announce its 2022 Slate of Officers:

  • Trisha Halliday, Cardinal Health – Chairperson
  • Stephen E. Ifeduba, Esq., Washington Prime Group – Vice Chairperson
  • Stephen A. Wood, FHIMSS, IT-Finance Consultant (retired) – Treasurer
  • Krista Stock, US Women’s Health Alliance – Secretary
  • Kimberly C. Mallonn, Kane Is Able Talent Management – Development Committee Chairperson
  • Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, Non-profit CEO Dublin City Council/Mayor (retired) – Past Chairperson

Christopher Nguyen, Ph.D., has been appointed to the Syntero Board of Directors for a three-year term. Dr. Nguyen is the Assistant Professor-Clinical & Neuropsychology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His research interests include topics in cognitive aging, decision-making, civil capacities, and cross-cultural considerations in neuropsychology.

Eric Rebraca, MHA, BSA, joined the Syntero Board of Directors in September 2021. Eric is the Director of Emergency Services at Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth and brings his expertise of Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health and Inpatient Hospital Administration to the board. Eric is a member of the Board’s Development Committee.

Syntero board member Kweku Ofei-Amoh is AEP’s new managing director of real estate and workplace services (REWS). Kweku joined the Syntero Board of Directors in 2020 and is also a member of the Board’s Development Committee. He was previously the business operations and performance manager for REWS at AEP.

Syntero 2021 Community Impact



In 2021, Syntero served nearly 9,000 youth, families, adults and older adults in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties, as well as 58 counties through virtual services. Check out a few highlights of our community impact in 2021:

Older Adults

  • 778 clients and caregivers served
  • New groups developed for 50+ older adults and people with chronic pain and illness
  • Launched Teen Buddy Match program

Diversity & Inclusion

  • New Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator began developing internal and external programming to promote inclusion and cultural humility
  • Provided agency trainings such as “Culturally Competent/Responsive Diagnostic Assessments” and “Beyond Implicit Bias, Racism as Trauma”

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Vote Yes for Mental Health & Recovery Services

The Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (DMMHRSB) has been a long-standing funder of Syntero’s community-based early intervention, prevention and treatment services and plays a vital role in the community as both a funder and planning body responsible for creating a system of care that supports the emerging and growing behavioral health care needs of Delaware and Morrow County residents. DMMHRSB is seeking a funding request on the November 2, 2021, ballot. Please join Syntero in supporting mental health and recovery services in Delaware and Morrow Counties.

Above: Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed. (second from left) recently accompanied the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board team at the Delaware County Fair to share information about the critical behavioral health programs and services DMMHRSB supports in Delaware and Morrow Counties.

2020 Impact: School-Based Programs


During the 2020-2021 school year, K-12 students faced unique challenges as many students adjusted to virtual learning or navigated safety regulations while struggling to understand complex social issues. Despite the tumultuous year, Syntero’s School-Based Teams developed innovative ways to serve vunerable youth populations in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow Counties.

Stay tuned for the Syntero 2020 Report to the Community to learn how Syntero infused its core values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness in every aspect of client care and operations.

Report Reveals Syntero’s Positive Work Culture and Staff Support

Syntero recently participated in a survey and focus group from Mental Health America of Ohio in an effort to identify organization strengths and weaknesses and increase employee retention and overall job satisfaction. Syntero employees reported the following motivational factors presented by the agency:

  • Positive workplace culture
  • Supportive supervisors and leadership staff
  • Supportive colleagues
  • Autonomy and trust
  • Opportunities to grow professionally
  • Being a part of an organization that values ideas
  • Feeling cared for throughout the pandemic