“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

- Edith Wharton

Nancy Ackermann Cole

Synapse Consulting was born in 1991, after Nancy returned to graduate school for a deep dive into how organizations and their people work, plan and succeed. Her goal – to provide organizations with top-rate organization development consulting services. Nancy believes that executives, managers and leaders throughout an organization can participate in major change initiatives, and, thrive in a changing work environment. She develops customized processes for her customers’ need for positive, results-oriented change. When she isn’t working with change in organizations, she is working with change in her home and garden in her beloved mountains. Husband Don, children and grandchildren and Charbon the doodle dog occupy the remainder of her time.

Leading organizations through change: strategic planning, guiding mergers; team building; training in and management of conflict; executive coaching; and, customer service.

M.S. in Organization Development; The American University and NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, Washington, D. C.

B.S. in English, University of Louisville.

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Suzanne Puryear

Suzanne’s experience working on the state and local levels, and in the public and private sectors, has provided her with a broad background in planning, facilitation, team building, and strategic thinking. She has led a large urban public agency through major public policy reforms and has served as an administrator for a private provider agency, developing customized family and child welfare services for states and municipalities. As the President and CEO of a regional nonprofit human services organization, Suzanne helped convene community conversations, resulting in systems responses, to address early care and education, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and access to health care. Suzanne now works with local governments, public/private agencies, and nonprofit organizations to help them identify and implement strategic priorities, work as a team, and build successful futures.

Strategic planning; large and small group facilitation; retreat design; community needs assessments; outcome measurement; nonprofit organizational and board development.

Master of Public Administration
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science (Human Interaction)

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Debbie Seeger

Debbie’s fascination with organizations and how they change began over 30 years ago in Houston as the oil bust of the early ‘80’s simultaneously threatened the survival of many businesses and created opportunities for many more. Since that time, she has successfully guided organizations through major transitions as a manager, chief executive officer and, since 1997, as a consultant. In addition to focusing on her work, Debbie reads, listens to and watches lots of news and is an avid follower of all things Texas politics.

Strategic planning, financial analysis and business plan development, association management, leadership development.

University of Houston (B.S. in Accounting, 1982)

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (MPA – Public Administration, 1994)

NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science (Human Interaction, Strategic Planning, Organizational Diagnosis)

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