Deborah Parrish Snyder Publisher, CEO
Deborah Parrish Snyder
Deborah has been the publisher of Synergetic Press since 1984, publishing over 40 books on the environment, ethnobotany, psychedelics, consciousness, cultural anthropology, vanguard fiction, and poetry. In 1989 she founded and directed the Biosphere Press publishing division for the Biosphere 2 project, set-up its educational programs department, and produced over twenty books, video, and educational curriculum titles in the start-up years (1990-1994).
She also serves as Executive Vice-President of Global Ecotechnics Corporation, an international project development and management company, and a Director of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a non-profit ecological think tank, helping to manage a number of the international conferences it hosts on global trends, and in the field of closed ecological systems. She is also a Trustee of the London based October Gallery, showcasing transvangard artists from around the world.
Douglas Reil Managing Director
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.
Delara Chizari Business Development and Strategy Consultant
Delara is a PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at Harvard University and previously received a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology at U.C. Berkeley. Her interests include how future societal systems relate to psychological well-being, psychedelic medicine, and the evolution of consciousness. Delara launched the first public discussion on psychedelic medicine that was formally hosted by Harvard Medical School and The Broad Institute. In her most recent leadership role, she Co-Founded Psykia Institute and coordinated the partnerships, fundraising, and initiation of Psykia’s breathwork study with Johns Hopkins University and the Flow Genome Project.
Amanda Müller Managing Editor & Productions
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 Social Media, Blogs & Special Events
Jasmine is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She did a publishing internship with Synergetic Press in Spring 2018 and has been working remotely for us ever since. She is creative, passionate, and committed to utilizing her literary capabilities in order to contribute to building a sustainable planetary culture and making a meaningful difference in the world. She also serves as a writer for Psychedelics Today, a podcast and online education platform that is dedicated to exploring the healing aspects of non-ordinary states of consciousness and discussing scientific research surrounding psychedelics. 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.
Faye Sakellaridis Writer and Editor
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 Wilder Customer Support and Information Management
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.
Jade Palasek Business and Finance Associate
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 Aman Web Development, Design and Technical Associate
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 Mackey System and Web Administrator
Justin serves as System and Web Administrator for Synergetic Press. He is Information Technology professional who has been active in the field for 12 years.
Linda Sperling Editor
Linda Sperling is a native New Yorker. Graduating summa cum laude from Queens College – CUNY in art history, she is a widely experienced editor, having worked for: Worldwide Books as a bibliographer, as a production editor at McGraw Hill in trade art, fiction and biographies, as a translator of German language art books for Frederick Praeger, Inc., and as managing editor at Oberon Press. She was a highly successful technical writer in the fragrance and flavor industry and edited a series of petroleum engineering textbooks for Prentice Hall before coming to Synergetic Press.
Michael Gosney Associate Publisher
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.
Omar Fayed Chairman
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.
Mitch Mignano Contributing Editor
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.