Synova Nicolaisen

Synova Nicolaisen

Human Resources Consultant



(605) 335-8198


Synova Nicolaisen has several years of human resource management experience, including most recently serving as Director of Human Resources for the Rapid City Area School District. Her experience in HR includes working for a manufacturing company, an ESOP company, and lastly a public school district. Synova’s initial career, however, was in the education field, where she served as a teacher, then as a principal in alternative education for 17 years, and then as a collegiate-level faculty member at Minnesota State University in Mankato.


As a principal, Synova became interested in the HR profession when she realized she was skilled at dealing with performance and behavioral issues, as well as payroll, benefits, compensation and employment law issues. It seemed to be a natural transition.


With Alternative HR, Synova provides both remote and in-person human resource expertise to businesses, non-profits and public entities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic HR Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Program Management
  • Organizational Development

Education & Certification

Synova has a BS in Secondary Education, and MS in Educational Leadership, and Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.). She is also certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Society for Human Resources Management.