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About SKH Consulting

SKH sees consulting as a partnership. Our team of consultants help you optimize the potential of your most valuable asset, your people. We start by listening and implement through close collaboration with you from beginning to end. Our success in supporting your objectives depends not only on the tools and experience we bring, but equally on our ability to gain an understanding of your organization.

SKH is about helping you build a high performing organization. Our services range from candidate assessments and hiring consultation, to team development and individual coaching. We believe that self-awareness and working from unique strengths leads to great results. We respect people, their perspectives, goals and values; we believe in careful listening. We are passionate about helping people find paths for developing their strengths and overcoming barriers to success.

SKH also provides specialized services through our affiliated partners. These individuals have deep experience in their areas of expertise. Their services include: healthcare, compensation, HR project management, and customized training solutions.
SKH is dedicated to working with individuals who are going through career transitions. Our services include individual career counseling for individuals wanting to better define their career goals or to shift directions, as well as, outplacement services to organizations that are needing to reorganize or reduce their workforce.

The SKH team has extensive experience supporting human resource related issues of all kinds. Our diverse backgrounds in business, psychometrics and human resources provides a broad perspective, which we hope to use to support your business needs and opportunities.

Michelle Hayes - Principal

Michelle Hayes is a principal of SKH, offering a diverse track record of executive leadership, business consulting and community stewardship to the clients of SKH. As Vice President of Associate Relations, Talent Acquisition, Organizational Development and Learning at Hannaford Supermarkets, Michelle worked closely with the senior leadership team providing strategic human resource counsel, directing restructuring initiatives and leading hundreds of associate relations professionals across the organization. She is experienced in diverse business and personal cultures as a resident of Europe for seven years, and from working with cross-cultural teams on three continents with the Delhaize Group.

Phil Smith - Principal

Phil has been working as an organizational, business focused psychologist for fifteen years. His prior experience was in the clinical field where he had a broad range of experiences working with psychological instruments and helping people make behavioral changes. Phil has used his psychometric skills to address a variety of business needs including: executive coaching, candidate assessment, developmental assessments and planning.

Wendy Kjeldgaard - Principal

Dr. Wendy Kjeldgaard is a psychologist who originally hails from Maine. Her experience as a psychologist involves providing consultation to organizations, businesses, universities and treatment providers. She has also experience in many types of teaching and training, including lecturing at universities and presenting at conferences and workshops.

Peter Hayes - Affiliate Partner

Peter Hayes is principal of Healthcare Solutions and affiliate partner of SKH, offering a 20-year track record of innovation and leadership in strategic health benefits design. As co-founder and past president of the Maine Health Management Coalition, Peter’s passion and vision have driven the market to deliver higher-quality, safe and affordable care for all Americans. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in health care reform gained from various leadership roles on the national and regional levels, in both the public and private sectors.

Venita Simcock - Affiliate Partner

Venita M. Simcock is a Human Resources Professional with more than 25 years of diverse HR experience. She has worked in a variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, informational technology, manufacturing, engineering, finance, legal and sales and marketing. With her most recent employer, Venita completed a three-year expatriate assignment managing the HR organization in a growing European region headquartered in Amsterdam.

Katie Vaillancourt - Affiliate Partner

Katie Vaillancourt works with corporate clients to develop and deliver customized training solutions. Prior to starting her consulting business Katie served as the Corporate Training Manager at Contech Engineered Solutions LLC where she worked for over 10 years. Working for a large organization as an in-house trainer and manager afforded her the opportunity to work closely with all departments. Her areas of expertise and focus include: leadership and management training, communications skills, DISC, presentation skills, online learning best practices and tools, new hire onboarding, job specific training programs, sales skills and tools, customer service, corporate learning strategy & infrastructure and more.