Denise Acker

Operations Manager

  • 13 years experience in operations/project management and marketing strategy.

  • Facilitated the development of and drafted the OHA funded Drug Overdose Outbreak Plan Guidebook compiling statewide best practices for developing community wide drug overdose task force agencies, implementing emergency response strategies, and connecting to statewide harm reduction and prevention resources to assist Oregon counties in developing interagency emergency response plans that intercept and prevent drug overdoses.

  • Developing a Multidisciplinary Team workflow manual for the Oasis Center of Rogue Valley who is providing integrated primary care, Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT), and coordination between SUD treatment services, Community Justice, Child Welfare and Self-sufficiency services for mothers with OUD, their children and families.

  • Provide research, strategic planning, content development, operations/project management, CME training development and coordination, data collection and tracking, evaluation tool development and administration, and reporting for multiple multidisciplinary team projects Synergy holds throughout Oregon.

Karen Cellarius
MA in Public Administration

Senior Research Associate

  • Program Evaluation

  • Evaluator for Oregon Health Authority’s Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention grants (CDC funded)

  • Focus on evaluation as a tool for systems change

  • Specialist in addiction/Mental Health


Lydia Anne Bartholow


  • Associate Medical Director of Outpatient Substance Use Disorders at Central City Concern

  • Doctorally prepared psychiatric nurse practitioner, substance use disorder specialist and educator

  • Lecture topics include: medications for addiction treatment, trauma informed care, substance use disorders, harm reduction, health justice, and holistic care.