Stephen Powell is the CEO and founder of Synensys, a professional services company headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA. Steve is a recognized leader in performance improvement having led programs in the U.S. Navy, the commercial airline industry, and the healthcare industry for more than 30 years.
His most recent experience includes patient safety, quality, and patient-centered care improvements, health systems strengthening, learning systems, high reliability, care coordination, value-based initiatives, and team training. Steve regularly provides assessments, training, consulting, and coaching services to senior leaders, managers, and teams in civilian, government, and military healthcare organizations worldwide.
He has authored numerous articles on human-centered design, reflective learning, teamwork, global health, safety, change management, communication, quality improvement, patient experience, and patient safety culture. His book, “The Patient Survival Handbook: Avoid Being the Next Victim of Medical Error,” is a call to action for deeper patient engagement and activation for patient safety, increased effectiveness, and quality improvement.
Steve is currently a Doctoral candidate in Health Administration at Central Michigan University. He earned a Master of Science in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle University. Steve is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Safety and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Steve is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, the Clinical Human Factors Group, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves as a Board member for the North Carolina Quality Center and the Armed Forces Mission.
Dr. Daniel Wyman serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Synensys. He has more than 30 years of specialized experience leading large-scale health operations across the care continuum, including strategic health transformation and strengthening initiatives.
Prior to joining Synensys, Daniel served as the Chief Medical Officer for Pruitt Health of Atlanta, with responsibilities for the clinical policies, procedures, and oversight of healthcare delivery within more than 100 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted-living facilities, and home care and hospice agencies across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Prior to his role at Pruitt Health, Daniel served in numerous senior leadership positions in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) including Command Surgeon for USAF Air Combat Command, Assistant Air Force Surgeon General for the Medical Corps, Commander Keesler Medical Center, and Command Surgeon to USAF Headquarters Pacific Air Forces and USAF Special Forces Command. He retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General.
Daniel completed a residency in family practice at David Grant USAF Medical Center, dual residencies in aerospace medicine and occupational medicine at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, and a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Texas. He is board certified in aerospace medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in the State of Georgia. Daniel previously served as the US Air Force Delegate to the American Medical Association and Past President of Society of U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeons. He is an advisor to the National Foundation for Integrative Medicine.
Tom Staigle currently serves as Vice President of Synensys. He has 10 years of military and 28 years of commercial airline operational experience as an aviator, leader, and innovator of operations, technical, and safety programs. He is currently responsible for aviation operations safety programs.
Prior to joining Synensys, Tom served in numerous leadership roles at Delta Air Lines in addition to maintaining currency as a Delta Captain. He most recently served as a Base Chief Pilot to 4,200 Atlanta based pilots, and as Chief Technical Pilot. Tom led or was a member of numerous innovation and process improvement cross-divisional teams. During this time, NASA recognized Tom for innovation in turbulence prediction and avoidance safety systems. Tom also received Delta’s highest honor as a Chairman’s Club honoree. He was recognized for his leadership in and collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and FAA. He led the development, testing, and implementation of industry leading hazard avoidance software now in use by Delta pilots globally. Tom has also served as a member of the Aviation Safety Action Program, and Manger in Flight Training.
Tom served for 10 years in the U.S Marine Corps. In his last year of active duty, he was selected as Officer of the Year for his leadership in automating and digitizing student-training programs, record keeping, and reporting.
He and his wife, Jenny, reside in Peachtree City, Georgia.