Location:
Englewood CO

Phone:
(303) 854-9197

About us

Our Clients

Our clients range from startup companies to multi-national enterprises and are diverse enough to include high technology, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, utilities, educational entities, and manufacturing industries.

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Founded in 1984, Somerville Partners is a firm of consultants who apply the science of psychology to business challenges.

We help organizations create quantum leaps in effectiveness and maximize competitive advantage by fully leveraging their human talent. We achieve this by forging relationship-based partnerships with clients and developing the individual and collective talents of people and organizations.

Providing both assessments of organizations and individuals has been a mainline competency for us over the past 20 years. Our practice includes partnering with key members of the leadership team in a company to create High Performance Organizations or to assist in the Accelerated Transformation of your company to meet the changing demands of the marketplace. We provide psychological perspective on the execution of key organizational initiatives and insight into alternative methods for achieving strong results through people.

With Somerville Partners you not only receive the benefit of working with senior consultants with years of valuable experience, you also get an unparalleled bias toward objectivity, measurement and proof. We take pride in knowing where you want to be, and joining you on the trip to your destination. We challenge you to find a more customer-focused, customized solution provider than this team of doctoral level psychologists dedicated to your success.

Meet our team

Kevin E. Somerville

Ph.D., ABPP


Kevin's specialty is assisting CEOs and Boards in building great companies. He has 25 years of experience working with senior executives starting with large multi-nationals and now concentrating on private equity firms and their portfolio companies.


He has served on the Boards of several public and private companies over the last 15 years. Currently, Kevin is an Operating Partner for Norwest Equity Partners and sits on the board of Deceased Credit Management. Formerly he served on the a Boards of Wilkerson Corp, Siegal-Robert, Inc., digitaNATION, Advanced TelCom group, Diveo Broadband Networks, Inc., the Vancouver Canucks, and the University of Denver Professional School of Psychology. He has been an advisor to more than one hundred boards over the past 25 years.


Kevin received his Doctorate from Saint Louis University in 1972. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Stephen L. Bloom

Ph.D., ABPP


Steve is a partner with Somerville Partners (SP), a firm of management and organizational psychologists based in Denver, Colorado. He has worked in executive selection, development and deployment since the late 1970s. SP brings the science of psychology to the business arena, integrating individual capabilities with organizational culture and business goals to create opportunities for maximal contribution to organizational success.


Steve's focus is on organizational effectiveness by levering executive strengths, optimizing crucial relationships both within and outside the organization, and meeting organizational challenges efficiently and effectively. He has worked with organizations ranging from small venture capital-backed start-ups to multi-billion dollar multi-nationals.


He has worked with some executive (Director level and above) teams since 1979, coaching and consulting with different CEOs, their direct reports and their teams. He assists executives in understanding and leveraging their strengths in new and changing situations and positioning themselves for greater responsibilities and success. He also provides a mirror for executives, looking realistically at their opportunities and limitations, while devising strategies to deal with both effectively.


Steve holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University. He is licensed to practice (Colorado license #262) and Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He holds numerous awards from state and national professional associations and was appointed by three Colorado governors to serve on statewide boards or commissions. He has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards.

Diane Hill

Ph.D., ABPP


Diane is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience consulting with global Fortune 500 organizations in the mining, utility and financial services industries, as well as private equity partnerships and their portfolio companies.


She has worked with academic institutions, professional associations, and health care facilities.


Her focus is on helping executives develop high performing organizations. She and her colleagues use interviews and proprietary metrics to identify opportunities to more effectively leverage the human capital in organizations. They use both off-the-shelf and customized interventions to close gaps between current functioning and the qualities that characterize high performing organizations. These include executive coaching, the design and execution of metrics-based selection programs, efforts focused on cultural transformation, and team development work. Applied research and outcome assessment are core disciplines of the practice.


She has served as Director of the Professional Examination Service, President of Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and Chairman of the Colorado Board of Psychologist Examiners. She has been a consultant for the Center for Creative Leadership and a Partner with Somerville Partners for the past 26 years.


Diane earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Jim W. Thompson

Ph.D., M.B.A.


Jim has been in the consulting industry for 24 years. His specialty is applied research and he has developed many of the instruments that are our key to assisting companies in executive evaluation and placement, organizational assessment and strategic planning including Leadership Style Indicator®, the HiPerOrg® Survey, ProStyle™, and the Developmental Opportunity Identifier™.


Jim designs and facilitates strategic planning conferences and team problem solving, as well as workshops for executives and teams of all sorts. He has led organizational change efforts in utility companies, including developing a safety culture that reduced accidents in distribution operations and created work force empowerment in fossil plants. He developed Somerville Partners' selection services QualiFit® Systems, including a database of position success profiles that allow more objective selection of key personnel based on unique empirical models developed for specific positions.


He was an Officer in the Air Force, Army, and Navy Reserve as a clinical psychologist and organizational effectiveness staff officer. He assisted an Army unit screen and select candidates for sniper training.


Jim holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas, a B.B.A. in Personnel Management from the University of North Texas and an M.B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University.

Amanda Kulesa

Ph.D.


Amanda has 15 years experience working with investors, CEOs and senior executives. Her specialty is partnering with investors to build great companies by selecting outstanding executive talent. She has consulted with global 500 organizations and now focuses on private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Amanda provides investors and management teams with an understanding of how to maximize leadership effectiveness and build value creation.


Specifically, she specializes in applied research to assist investors in executive selection, executive development, and organizational assessment.


Amanda holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial Psychology from Bowling Green State University and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Lauren Salamone

M.S.


Lauren has over 30 years of experience in leadership and management in the health care and related industries. She has a strong background in health research, program development and implementation, project management and process improvement quality initiatives.


While living remotely in Alaska, Lauren served as a Federal Contractor for Indian Health Services and the Bureau of Indian Affairs providing over 10 different health services programs to the six outlying Koniag native tribes in Kodiak Alaska and the Aleutian chain.


Lauren has consulted to executives in selecting and implementing enterprise-wide systems for technological advancement in health care services delivery along with selecting and developing executive teams to deploy and manage these services. Lauren works as a consultant with Somerville Partners in assisting organizations to rapidly achieve their business goals.


She has a M.S. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kelly Kinnebrew

Ph.D.


Kelly specializes in helping organizations, both mid-sized and multinational, navigate the complexities of organizational and cultural blending, and partners with senior leadership through major transitions such as M&As, strategy shifts, and technology-based implementations. Additionally, she collaborates with private equity and their portfolio companies in developing the senior leadership teams and in vetting candidates or incumbents for succession or startup leadership roles. Kelly has worked across the technology sector, healthcare, defense, retailing and fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, construction, energy, oil and gas, financial services, telecom, engineering and infrastructure, and education markets.


Kelly earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from University of Portland, an MS in mental health counseling from Wright State University, and a PhD in counseling psychology with a consulting psychology emphasis from University of Denver. She is a member of the American Psychological Association's Consulting Psychology division and speaks and writes French at intermediate proficiency.

Ann-Marie Costelloe

CPsychol AFBPsS


Ann-Marie has consulted to a variety of organizations across industries ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has worked with a number of international organizations including technology, insurance, banking, legal, venture capital and private equity, utilities, retail and not-for-profit.


Ann-Marie is an international executive and senior level coach and assessor, specializing in leadership development, talent management and succession planning. In addition, she also optimizes professional and personal impact through organizational assessment and development to increase company effectiveness and meet strategic and tactical goals.


Prior to becoming a consultant Ann-Marie worked as controller for Forte Hotels, an international hotel and catering company. Ann-Marie received her degree from the University of Sussex, England, and Masters of Science at Hertfordshire University, England. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associated Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has over twenty years experience as an organizational development psychologist.

Client Testimonials

Somerville Partners has been a good business partner for ING companies over the past decade. Somerville has participated very successfully in a wide range of areas: personal development of executives; personal and high quality team development in our North America operations; corporate and cultural transformation; value proposition transformation and strategic action planning; and selection and training for a full range of employees.

R. Glenn Hilliard, CEO, ING North America

 

People make the business. Somerville's participation in the executive selection process helps assure that we hire the very best people. Key personnel and organizational decisions then determine how the organization goes forward. Somerville's participation not only in selecting team members, but in developing them, is worth every penny.

Jim Kelly, CEO and President, SynXis Corporation

 

We started work with Somerville Partners in 1994. Somerville deserves a great deal of the credit for helping us become as successful as we are today.

Virgil Reed, President, Time Warner Cable, Cincinnati Division

Industrial psychology is often thought of as a mysterious, subjective, and ambiguous evaluation process, probably not directly impacting your business results. Far from that, Somerville Partners provide client companies with specific, measurable means of assessing how to create highly productive, results-oriented management teams Somerville challenges their clients to maximize the return on their human investment, and delivers on the challenge.

Dan O' Brien, President and COO, Primestar