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 industry veteran, medical cannabis advocate, and community activist dedicated to creating positive change in the world and optimizing organizations for maximum effectiveness. His thirty-year career in publishing includes extended stints at Inland Book Company and Publishers Group West. He served as the Publisher and Executive Director at the nonprofit trade publisher North Atlantic Books and continues to be active in the industry supporting authors as an agent, developmental editor, and consultant. He currently serves as Executive Director for the cannabis compassion program Budding Compassion Network and is Founder and CEO of CannaKeys, a multi-media educational start-up providing guidance and resources for patients, caregivers, and physicians seeking to discover and dial-in effective cannabinoid therapies. In 2011, he founded Bay Food Shed, a community-based organization that creates initiatives at the intersection of local food and the gift economy.
Omar Fayed, Chairman of Synergetic Press, is a Fellow of the Institute of Ecotechnics and cofounder of Living Green City, a company whose aim is to facilitate and forwardly organize transitions for major cities towards eco-friendlier futures by producing and promoting green infrastructure initiatives (www.livinggreencity.com).
He designed and founded the Synergy House in London, a mixed-purpose regeneration project, and serves as a Director of Biotecture, a company which designs, supplies, installs and maintains green infrastructure. The company’s vision is to transform urban architecture for the well-being of people and the planet. Omar, based in London, serves as a director on boards of a number of family related enterprises.
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.
Jasmine Virdi is a freelance writer and editor. Since 2018, she has been working for Synergetic Press 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 integration 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.
Sage Wylder is a committed advocate for social and environmental justice with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. As a writer and editor, she focuses on the evolution of values and ideologies that create socio-ecological shifts. Sage founded an interdisciplinary environmental digital publication to uplift voices at the intersection of social, racial, and ecological topics. She has experience directing international teams of writers for social impact organizations and leads communications at a women-run collective for creatives. She is passionate about restoring our connection to the planet with the allyship of sacred plants while honoring the cultural usages and stories of Indigenous wisdom keepers. A life-long seeker of knowledge, Sage is always learning new modalities to assist people in remembering their purpose and path—currently training to become a Holotropic Breathwork facilitator.
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.
Lena is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She works as our Administrative Assistant, organizing and managing our database of authors, staff, and readers. Additionally, she works with finance, sales, and marketing support.
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 serves as System and Web Administrator for Synergetic Press. He is an Information Technology professional who has been active in the field for 12 years.
San Francisco based, Michael Gosney’s role is in planning and execution of marketing and sales initiatives and overall strategic planning for the company’s publishing program, distribution and partnership development.
In addition to having founded independent publishing houses Avant Books and Microtrend in the early 1980s, Michael is a pioneer in digital media publishing. In the late 1980s and early 90s, he produed groundbreaking desktop publishing and multimedia products including the first multimedia CD-ROM and the first fully interactive book/CD-ROM packages in partnership with firms such as Apple Computer, Kodak, Toshiba, Peter Norton, GTE, and Microsoft. He is an expert in multimedia design, online media delivery, interactive content development and social media marketing.
In parallel to his work in technology, Gosney has produced many influential books and events on the shift to sustainability, and has served on the board of architect Paolo Soleri’s ecocity research project Arcosanti since 1995.
Mitch Mignano is a writer, researcher, editor and workshop organizer who splits his time between Santa Fe and New York City. After finishing graduate school, Mitch teamed-up with psychedelic author Daniel Pinchbeck to begin working with the Evolver social network, Reality Sandwich online magazine and North Atlantic Books. Through this activity, he came in contact with John Allen (inventor of Biosphere 2) and Deborah Snyder, discovering a deep calling to work with John and his ecotechnic ideas, Mitch brings a myriad of professional connections, as well as an experiential and interdisciplinary knowledge set to the Synergetic team.