Member Spotlight: Renee Purcell, True Synergy Coaching

To further promote women, minorities, and veterans who are leading the way in our community, we are featuring Chamber member businesses that fall under these categories. This week, meet Renee Purcell of True Synergy Coaching and see how she responds to our Member Spotlight questions.

Renee started True Synergy Coaching in 2016 after many years of hard-earned success in her career as a nurse and educator. She had been pursuing a PhD in nursing while juggling the demands of two small children and a busy husband when she started to wonder if she was on the right path.

Renee was feeling burnt-out and unfulfilled, and she realized that what she was doing in the world was very different than who she was as a person. She had a breakthrough through the most surprising of places—the hula hoop.

The fun and child-like play of the hula hoop allowed Renee to release mental layers and tap into her true inner-self. In this way, the hula hoop became a tool for empowerment and a way to harness the immense amount of energy that comes with living an authentic life.

Renee has crafted a specific technique for harnessing this empowering, freeing energy of the hula hoop, which she calls “Synergy Tools.” In each coaching session, Renee uses these Synergy Tools to lead individuals or groups through a 90-minute exploration of joy and physicality, leading you to access your own power.

Renee specializes in working with ambitious, successful women who have given everything to their careers and families, but are still left feeling unsatisfied in some way. What truly makes Renee stand out from others is her heart-centered approach; she says that love is the most important part of her work. By infusing every aspect of her business with love, Renee is able to guide her clients in a safe and impactful way.

Read Renee’s responses to our Member Spotlight Questions below:

When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?

I lay down! I take a nap and try to sleep. Too often we don’t allow ourselves to just take a break and enjoy rest. The glorification of busy-ness takes a toll on our health.

What do you love most about what you do?

Seeing people have their “aha” moment of connection. I get to watch someone’s awareness shift right before my eyes, and all because I held a space for them, gave love, and offered an insight. Watching you become you is very spiritual, profound, and beautiful. It’s watching life unfold.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I want to say so many things. First, love yourself. You’re beautiful, you’re worthy. I would also say to the 13 year old me to live boldly. We only get to live once, make it count. Shine your beautiful light for all to see. Live authentically and without regret.

What have you gained from being a member of the Women’s Business Council?

Being a member of the Women’s Business Council has been an inspiration for me. In this group, we let other peoples’ success be our empowerment. We celebrate each other and lift each other up.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I ever received was from my father-in-law. He told me to find what makes you happy and do that. Then, if possible, make money from it. But first, be happy.

You can find more information about Renee and True Synergy Coaching at:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From the desk of Tabetha Zostant, Project Manager and Business Development of Northern Rivers Family of Services

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout this month and all year long, be an ally by believing supporters and spreading awareness. Domestic Violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. 

Raising awareness about domestic violence is vital, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing may prevent the spread of COVID-19, staying home may not be the safest option for many. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic devastation, disconnected many from community resources and support systems, and created widespread uncertainty.  These conditions may stimulate violence in families where it didn’t exist before, and worsen situations in homes where mistreatment and violence have been a problem.

Preventive measures used to control COVID-19 may limit access to resources and connections that one used to rely on for support or provide a healthy outlet to decompress.

Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
  • Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or fly.
  • An abusive partner may feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.

If any of the above sounds like they may be happening to you or someone you love, here are a few suggestions for survivors that may make this uncertain time feel a little bit safer:

  • Create a safety Plan
  • Practice Self-Care
  • Reach out for help
  • Stay Connected with friends and families
  • Get help in an emergency

Support Options


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7  
    • Call: 1-800-799-7233
    • Text: LOVEIS to 22522
    • Or  Chat
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • 1-800-656-4673
    • or Chat
  • StrongHearts Native Helpline
    • Call: 844-762-8483
    • or Chat
  • New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Hotline NYS: 1 (800) 942-6906
    • Hotline NYC: 1 (800) 621-4673
    • Website:

CAP COM Cares Foundation Thanks Members and Sponsors for Participation in “Golfing Alone Together” Fundraiser

From the desk of Kate Fruscione, Public Relations Strategist at Cap Com Federal Credit Union

Golf Sponsorship

We here at CAP COM Federal Credit Union would like to share the happy news that our charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, has successfully concluded a reimagined fundraiser in lieu of our annual in-person charity golf tournament.

“Golfing Alone Together” sponsors participated in special outings on their own, all while pledging to financially support the cancelled in person tournament, previously scheduled for early June at Saratoga National Golf Club. The campaign raised over $60,000 for the CAP COM Cares Foundation, to support the Foundations year-round giving to more than 100 local organizations.

CAP COM extends an enormous “Thank You” to top sponsors, CUNA Mutual Group, Harland Clarke, Lecce & Arcodia, attorneys at law, and WorldPay.

The Credit Union received additional sponsorship support from Accent Commercial Furniture, BBL, Bond Schoeneck & King, Brown & Brown of New York, Bruno Associates, CDPHP, Commission on Economic Opportunity, Elite Capital Management Group, Fidelity National Title Group, Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp., HVCC Foundation, Kerr DeVoe, Northeast Health Foundation, Overit Media, PNJ Technology Partners, Trinity Realty Group, Universal Sharing Network, WCGS Architects, Whittaker Appraisal Group, PLLC.

These sponsors and more are recognized on tee-signs outside CAP COM FCU Headquarters (4 Winners Circle, Albany 12205) through October 13, 2020. 

“The CAP COM Family of Companies offers their sincere gratitude to the 2020 sponsors, for their commitment to the CAP COM Cares Foundation and the community”, stated Chris McKenna, President and CEO, CAP COM. “Now more than ever, especially during these times of uncertainty and mid-pandemic, we thank all our partners who make it possible for the Foundation to continue to improve the lives of families in the Capital Region.”

“The virtual outing helped make a difference for the lives of many families in the Capital Region”, stated Jeff Koss, Vice President, Sales, CUNA Mutual Group. “The support the CAP COM Cares Foundation provides makes a big difference and it was rewarding to contribute to an event that support programs like Coats for Kids, Backpacks and Thanksgiving ‘Sharing The Harvest’. We’re proud to support CAP COM’s efforts.”

To learn more about the CAP COM Cares Foundation, visit: .