The Synergetic Press Team is a diverse group of dedicated people, working to bring you books to help us better understand our planet and ourselves.
Deborah Parrish Snyder
Deborah has been the co-owner and publisher of Synergetic Press since 1984, publishing cutting-edge books on the environment, ethnobotany, psychedelics, consciousness, and cultural anthropology.
Vice-President of Institute of Ecotechnics (ecotechnics.edu) with ecological demonstration projects in sustainable forestry, grasslands, and and oceans, she has helped host a number of international conferences on global trends. Deborah is part owner and a Trustee of the London based October Gallery, exhibiting transvangard artists from around the world. (www.octobergallery.co.uk). In 1989, she founded and directed the Biosphere Press publishing division for the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona, set-up its educational programs department, and produced over twenty books, video, and educational curriculum titles in the start-up years (1990-1994).
Douglas Reil is a publishing veteran whose work and activism focuses on sustainability, alternative health, and regenerative community and culture. His thirty-five-year career in publishing includes serving as publisher and executive director at the nonprofit publisher North Atlantic Books, in various management roles in book distribution at Publisher’s Group West and Inland Book Company, and as an independent consultant and book agent. In the cannabis industry, he co-founded CannaKeys which offers a platform that aggregates the science of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system for patients and practitioners. He was the Program Director of the compassion program Mission: Compassion which provided free cannabis medicine to low-income patients and was a founding member program of the California Compassion Coalition which drove the passage of SB34 which created compliant pathways for compassionate cannabis activities in California. Currently, he is proud to serve as Co-Publisher and CEO of Synergetic Press and is part of the team forming the nonprofit Shulgin Foundation to preserve the legacy and work of psychedelic pioneers Ann and Sasha Shulgin.
Omar Fayed is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and businessman. He is CEO of ESTEE (Earth Space Technical Ecosystem Enterprises), based in Switzerland and Britain, that advocates human space exploration, space colonization, and sustainable human development within the biosphere. He is co-founder and CEO of EarthX, a data visualization and mapping company based on NASA’s World Wind Project. He is chairman of Synergetic Press and a fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics.
Sandy Balin joins the Synergetic Press Team with thirty years of experience in the publishing world as a sales executive with proven history of business development success in domestic and international publishing and consumer goods sales, service, marketing, and channel management. She brings expertise in building and leading top-performing teams, coordinating critical initiatives, and introducing process improvement plans to improve results.
Amanda is a writer, editor, book-lover, and sometimes artist. She graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, with a B.L.A.
Allison Felus is a twenty-year veteran of the publishing industry, with experience managing workflows and creating efficiencies across editorial and production departments. She has edited and/or prepared for print scores of titles in a variety of genres and is currently a proud resident of Chicago.
Jasmine Virdi is a freelance writer and editor. She works for Synergetic Press as an indepedent contractor building community, organizing events, and managing social media. Jasmine is also a writer for Psychedelics Today, Chacruna Institute, Lucid News, and Cosmic Sister. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Spirituality, Consciousness, and Transpersonal Psychology at the Alef Trust with the future aim of working in psychedelic-assisted therapy. Jasmine’s goal as an advocate for psychoactive substances is to raise awareness of the socio-historical context in which these substances emerged in order to help integrate them into our modern-day lives in a safe, grounded, and meaningful way.
Chloe is a pivotal voice within the Ecovillage movement. For 10 years, she has traveled to ecovillages worldwide as a consultant. With her strength in organizational development, she has implemented clarity and infrastructure for 15+ organizations and communities. She’s involved with the Global Ecovillage Network, Austin Permaculture Guild, and more.
Fernanda is a transpersonal psychologist, marketing specialist, writer, and practicing Shaman.
Working with the Quero communities of Peru, she’s helping keep her ancestors’ traditions alive by learning from their ancient practices. Currently, she’s working as a Marketing Freelance Consultant for Synergetic Press, her passion moves her to create for organizations focused on the expansion of consciousness. She writes articles for the online magazine Psychic Garden and is pursuing an MSc in Spirituality, Consciousness, and Transpersonal Psychology at the Alef Trust with the aim of creating further research on parapsychological phenomena.
Faye Sakellaridis is an NYC-based writer and editor. She served as the managing editor for Reality Sandwich, the leading web magazine for the transformational community, from 2012 to 2019. She also managed the online blog for The Alchemist's Kitchen from 2015 to 2018. In 2016, she was a recipient of the Cosmic Sister Plant Spirit Grant, a merit-based scholarship that financially supports women as they experience the profound healing and empowerment of journeying with ayahuasca in the Amazon rainforest. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and an M.F.A in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Queens College.
Owner, Director of Reality Check Bookkeeping, Jade is an accomplished artist and entrepreneur. Newly relocated to Santa Fe, we are delighted to have Jade on our business management team.
Jacob is an artist, technologist, environmental scientist and ecological designer. He supports the press with web and graphic design, and other technical services.
Jacob has worked within the fields of renewable agriculture (10 years), environmental engineering (4+ years) and renewable energy (<1 year), and currently owns a media and design company called Golden Stupa Media. He is also in the process of establishing an ecological design and assessment firm called Golden Stupa EcoDesign.
Jacob currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Justin brings over a decade of experience in the field of Systems and Web Administration, supporting the cybersphere for the press. He’s also served the role for multiple small organizations and non-profits, and supported technology for larger public sector organizations over the years. Justin is a passionate weaver / knitter, musician, earth shaman, psychonaut, and alchemist.