Our Team

Synergy staff members provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of public health and public education content areas. In the field of public health, we offer specialized expertise in such areas as tobacco cessation; underage drinking; fetal alcohol syndrome; substance abuse prevention, use, misuse, addiction, and recovery; mental health research and treatment; HIV/AIDS research; homelessness programs; suicide prevention; eliminating health disparities; and improving child health. Our expertise in education includes, but is not limited to, magnet and charter school programs, the needs of English learners (ELs), afterschool programs, foreign languages, early childhood, STEM programs (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), special education, adult sexual misconduct (ASM), readiness and emergency management for schools (REMS), and teacher quality programs.

We are committed to developing and retaining a highly skilled and credentialed staff with the experience necessary to meet project goals efficiently. Our staff represents a powerful blend of subject matter expertise and experience:

  • Advanced degrees: 19 doctoral degrees and 34 master's degrees;
  • Certifications in conference planning, project management, and government meeting planning; and
  • IT credentials that include certifications in Information Systems Security, Information Security Management, Risk and Information Systems Control, and Cisco and Microsoft Network Certification.

Learn more about the expertise and contributions of our senior staff in the areas of technical assistance and learning, strategic communications, and information technology below:

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Roy Walker, M.B.A.

Director, Assessment and Evaluation Services

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Christine Hartley

Vice President, Operations and Director
Conferences and Peer Review

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Strategic Communications

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Jill Herzog

Chief Operating Officer

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Elaine R. Rahbar

Director, Communications

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Information Technology

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