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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Syntero Re-Launches Melanin Moms Group


Syntero’s Melanin Moms group is a safe space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) mothers to connect with one another and find support through common experiences. Syntero will relaunch the group April 7, 2022. The new group will be facilitated by Syntero Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator Courtney Dobson, MSW, LISW-S. For more information or to register, please contact Courtney.

Dr. Amy Acton Will Share Leadership Story with Outstanding Youth at the Catalyst Awards

Syntero is pleased to announce that Amy Acton, MD, MPH, will be the keynote speaker of an award ceremony that honors Central Ohio students who are committed to improving their communities.

Dr. Acton, a licensed physician in Preventive Medicine and Public Health with more than 30 years of experience, was a key figure in Ohio’s efforts to curve the impact of the coronavirus. Dr. Acton will share her inspiring story of leadership through her speech titled “The Leader We All Wish We Had Is You!” at the 31st Annual Catalyst for Positive Change Awards on Friday, April 22, 2022. The awards breakfast will be held at the Fawcett Center on the Ohio State University campus and will showcase 30 students from 15 Central Ohio high schools.

“We are so excited to welcome Dr. Acton and to celebrate amazing young people who have found creative and inspiring ways to serve their schools and communities during uncertain times,” said Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed. “Syntero’s values of integrity, empowerment, innovation and inclusiveness are engrained in all aspects of our client care, community outreach and employee relations. The Catalyst Awards is a prime opportunity to recognize young people who share our values and exemplify them in admirable ways.”

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Syntero Provides Suicide Prevention Education

In September, during National Suicide Prevention Month, the City of Dublin and the Dublin Police hosted the Dublin Suicide Prevention Town Hall, a safe space for community members to discuss suicide prevention. Syntero clinicians led breakout sessions at the Dublin Suicide Prevention Town Hall in an effort to increase conversation and education for community members surrounding this epidemic that affects people from all walks of life and of all ages. Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi also shared her personal survivor story with attendees. Thank you to the City of Dublin for including Syntero in this critical community conversation. Syntero is a leading provider of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services and partners with schools, municipalities and service organizations increase awareness about suicide prevention.