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About Syndicus

About Syndicus

Companies require specialized resources and technology to stay competitive, compliant and leading edge to solve business challenges and support continued growth. At Syndicus, we create strong relationships and an in-depth understanding of IT staffing and business solutions. We then draw on that collective experience with the goal of helping you fulfill your company’s specific objectives and optimal business strategies.


Syndicus was established in 2007 in Annapolis, Md., as a technical recruiting and staffing company. In 2009, Syndicus expanded its services to include staffing and solutions. Our focus areas for consulting are: Health IT, Life Sciences, and Technology Services, especially cyber security resources.


In 2012, we received a full national accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and state designation as a Management Services Organization (MSO) by the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). These noteworthy accomplishments allow us to continue working with healthcare providers on EHR adoption efforts – and subsequent achievement of Meaningful Use.


Today, we provide experienced consultants within our three focus areas for organizations across the country. We are a company that values strong relationships, personal connections and investments in our clients’ success. Whether you need staffing or solutions, we work with you to ensure success.


Michael McNees, president/CEO, Annapolis, Md.

Mike McnessMichael McNees has 35 years of experience in the professional services industry, which includes roles  in technical communication, middle management, business development and general management for IT, engineering and scientific business entities. He also has the  experience of starting five business units/companies.


McNees has served as CEO of  Syndicus since founding it in 2007 – and has been instrumental in building Syndicus’ reputation as a Management Services Organization in Maryland.


McNees has a master’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree (English/Writing) from the Pennsylvania State University. He also attended Geneva College for post-bachelor training in Engineering, as well as the University of Maryland to pursue a master’s degree in Life Sciences.

John Sipes, Chief Resource Officer, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Having served over 31 years of active duty in the United States Navy, John Sipes has more than 35 years of Human Resource experience in a variety of industries, including staffing, healthcare (and health IT), life sciences, cyber security, HVAC, and publishing. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with organizations to help improve their top-line performance and by meeting their critical business needs.


As Chief Resource Officer at Syndicus Inc., John Sipes, is responsible for the welfare, safety and professional development of all employees. He ensures our employees have the necessary support they need in order to be successful in their job both on the Syndicus Staff and at our client locations.


Sipes has a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management from Excelsior College. While in the Navy he served as a Human Resources Officer. During his Navy career, he served on submarines, ships, an aircraft carrier and at multiple shore-based organizations. In 2008, he retired from the Navy and entered the civilian workforce.

Courtney McNees, Director of Corporate Services, Charlotte, NC.

As the Director of Corporate Services for Syndicus, Inc., Courtney McNees is the company touch point for clients, candidates, business associates and partners across our Health IT, Life Sciences and Technology Services industry practice areas. She wears many hats – serving as the executive assistant to the CEO, leading employee relations/onboarding activities, handling employee benefits inquiries, and monitoring and directing Level 1 Helpdesk requests, which includes tracking issue resolution progress and preparing summary reports.  She is also the Program Manager for our largest staffing client.


McNees has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Elana Washburn, Vice President, Staffing and Solutions, Annapolis, MD

Elana Washburn has 17+ years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry. Prior to joining Syndicus, Elana owned and managed her own recruiting and search firm.


In her role as Vice President of Staffing and Solutions, Elana Washburn works directly with clients to find the best employees to meet their business needs. She has clients of all sizes in all sectors.


Washburn has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, is a Certified Staffing Professional (CSP), and a member of the American Staffing Association.

Matt McNees, Account Executive Mid-Atlantic Region, Greensboro, NC

Matt McNees has worked in management, development and consultative roles in education, sports and business solutions since 2001.


In his role as Account Executive, Matt McNees’s basic duties include business growth and diversification, customer-relationship management, and procedure-driven sales and consulting solutions.


McNees earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. His BA is from Pennsylvania State University.

Kyle Hyland, Director of Federal Solutions, Annapolis, MD

Kyle Hyland has over 15 years of professional experience in sales, marketing, and client relationship management and 9 with the Federal Government and Federal Procurement Processes.


In his role as, Director of Federal Solutions, Kyle Hyland leads sales and business development for NACON technology products and all federal consulting solutions. He is responsible for creation, execution and management of firm-wide Federal BD strategy. He is accountable for continuous federal competitive market analysis and exploration of new federal sales and BD opportunities. Kyle also manages customer and partner relationships.


Hyland has a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing from The Catholic University and a Master in Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland. He is a Member of the National Veteran’s Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) and of the Cyber Security Association of Maryland (CAMI).

Kent Leonard, Chief Operating Office, Annapolis, MD

Kent Leonard is an accomplished operations, management, and professional services leader with 25+ years of experience managing technology-based products and services in commercial and government markets.


In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Kent Leonard is responsible for overseeing the ordinary business activities. Leonard’s functions include the marshaling of limited resources with the aim of creating maximum value for stakeholders.  Additionally, direction in the design, development, and implementation of tactical and strategic directives to align corporate activities with overarching corporate strategy and objectives is provided. The breadth of the COO’s activity and focus include corporate governance and management, product management, branding/marketing, and administrative functions.


Leonard has a Bachelor’s in Management from Virginia Tech and a PMP certification. He also hold a Department of Defense TS/SCI Security Clearance.

John Sciandra, Chief Information Officer, Annapolis, MD

John Sciandra is an accomplished professional with 35+ years of experience. He established NACON as a leader in the use of virtual machines where he helped grow the business and lead it into a successful merger with Syndicus.


In his role as Chief Information Officer, John serves on the executive board and leads the technology sector.


Sciandra is a Certified Information Security Systems Professional with a Master’s in Computer Science from James Madison. He is retired from the US Army and continues to serve as a Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol as a Search and Rescue Pilot.

Samantha Sessaman, Director of Practice Facilitation, Niagara Falls, NY

Samantha Sessamen has 9 years of professional experience in the medical field.

In her role as Director of Practice Facilitation, Samantha Sessamen manages quality improvement activities for outpatient service departments. That includes, Comprehensive Primary Care, Patient Centered Medical Home, Merit Based Incentive Program, Meaningful Use, Value Based Payment Contracts, HEDIS based payor programs, and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program.

Sessamen has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Certified Practice Facilitator and Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert.

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