About Us

Meet our Team

Kathi Randall, RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC

Kathi Randall, RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC

Director of Programs & Education

Kathi Randall has had an interest is the sub-specialty of neonatal neurology since her days as a bedside nurse. She has been an educator on fetal/ neonatal brain development, neuro-protective care, and neuro-monitoring and assessment for the last 15 years. Her passion for this topic has taken her around the globe as an invited speaker and guest at a number of universities and conferences.

Jennifer Griffiths

Jennifer Griffiths

Director of Operations

Jennifer has been with Synapse since the start, helping to lay the foundation. She has taken on multiple levels of leadership as she has moved into directing the full operations of Synapse. With her passion for organization and her artistic talent, she helps manage our annual ONE Conference, creates all of our graphic design projects, manages our online courses, helps to lead our team, and assists with making important company decisions. 

Sarah Bakke, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-NNIC

Sarah Bakke, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-NNIC

Consultant

Sarah is a NICU staff nurse at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE.  She is a recent graduate of the Dual Acute & Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Drexel University, and will be starting her APN career in the Cardiac Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this Spring.  During her career as a NICU nurse, Sarah has led a number of neuroprotective initiatives including launching a language nutrition program, founding a multidisciplinary NeuroNICU committee, and organizing quality improvement projects.  Sarah is passionate about all things NeuroNICU.

Lauren Gebhardt

Lauren Gebhardt

Marketing Manager

Lauren has worked as a social media and marketing strategist in the healthcare industry for the last seven years. She got her start in healthcare working at the March of Dimes where she developed a passion for neonatal health that she has carried to her role at Synapse. Lauren currently works with a variety of clients in neonatal health, NICU/perinatal nursing, healthcare leadership, and dermatology.
Dani Harper

Dani Harper

Customer Service Manager

Shannon Tinkler, MSN, CNS, RNC-NIC

Shannon Tinkler, MSN, CNS, RNC-NIC

Conference Co-Chair, Consultant

Shannon has been a nurse in various roles in the neonatal intensive care unit for almost 17 years. After working as a bedside nurse in a Regional NICU for 12 years, Shannon transitioned to the role of NeuroNICU educator at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, focusing on training the nursing staff in the care of the newborn brain while going back to graduate school to obtain her MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. After 4 years at LPCH, Shannon became the Neonatology Educator for the Neonatal Special Services team at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, a perinatal team that focuses on fetal navigation and patient and provider education. She is passionate about using evidence-based practice to deliver the highest quality of care to the tiny (and not so tiny) patients in the NICU as well as developing innovative and engaging education for providers. 

ONE Conference Planning Committee

 Sarah Bakke

Sharon Bonifazi

Lauren Heimall

Charla Parkinson

Rachelle Sey

Jayne Solomon

Michelle Waddell