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Peter Martynowych, Ph.D. 

Dr. Peter Martynowych, thought leader in organizational development and leadership, contributes breakthrough strategies that allow organizations to liberate the creative solutions inherent in generative groups. In his research and action, Peter has demonstrated that with a new perspective and actionable framework, organizations will flourish far beyond their original expectations. When a leadership team flourishes, its members and employees are more fulfilled and committed to each other and to the organization’s success.

Dr. Peter Martynowych holds both his Doctorate, with distinction, and Master’s degrees from Harvard University. His original research is a ground-breaking contribution to the fields of leadership, group process, and adult development. Peter has taught advanced Leadership Curriculum at Harvard University, Antioch Graduate School of Management, and Leadership Institute of Seattle, among others. In addition to his founding Phase FIVE, Dr. Martynowych maintains a private leadership advising practice that addresses organizational and personal challenges to produce successful and lasting change. He is conducting research for an upcoming book. 


Leslie McGovern, M.A. 

Leslie McGovern successfully partners with organizations and individuals to create effective, collaborative leadership across the company. By promoting learning organizations that create environments where differing perspectives are valued and used, powerful partnerships are forged, there is much greater access to the talents and resources that often lie untapped, the organization and its members are fortified to meet the most pressing challenges.

Leslie assists organizations to foster individuals and teams who continuously improve their performance and outcomes. Her experience in multi-cultural environments, plus her focus on women in leadership positions, has had a powerful impact on a diverse range of organizations including: the Washington State Labor Council, Microsoft, Rebound, New Community, Atlantic Philanthropies, Anne Frank & Friends Coalition, Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity, Army Corps of Engineers, Boeing, Amazon, European/American Human Rights, Japanese Business Community, and more.

Leslie earned her Master’s Degree in Human and Organizational Development from Harvard University, has taught at Harvard, Northwest School for the Arts, Seattle Central Community College, and has delivered seminars internationally addressing Leadership and Change. Founder and principal at Phase FIVE, she is dedicated to organizations succeeding beyond what is held possible. 

Leslie is also the co-founder and editor of a blog which brings together women's collective experience, knowledge, and insight to help create a new approach to leadership, Leadership: the Women, and is conducting research for an upcoming book.


Jerome Montgomery

Jerry, currently also a Senior IT Recruiter for Microsoft, brings his expertise to Phase FIVE in management coaching, training, leadership and business development to provide full client management and the development and execution of recruiting strategies, talent identification, and acquisition for full range of candidates from entry-level to executive. Proficient at assessing and matching candidates with client business objectives, Jerry adds excellent leadership qualifications; is adept at coaching to maximize organizational and individual performance.

Jerry has provided impressive technical, retail, corporate recruiting, and talent acquisition success in companies spanning startups to Fortune 200 leaders. 


Michael Herschensohn, Ph.D.

Michael is an inveterate cultural conservationist with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell. Michael's preservation experience includes historic district surveys; National Register nominations; exhibits from the history of Chicago architecture; and producing the Chicago Architecture Foundation's famous walking and bus tours. In Seattle, he was formerly director of The Children's Museum, the Museum of History & Industry, and Northwest Folklife. Michael led the City of Seattle's Centennial Celebration of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Exposition. As treasurer of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, he is a leader in the movement to create safe streets for people of all ages to walk and ride bicycles. His commitment to bicycling is grounded in a need to slow climate change and create a healthy world where his grandchildren can thrive. 


Louise Penberthy, M.S. 

Louise Penberthy is currently a Scrum Manager for Navis; also a mediator, facilitator, and coach who helps people strengthen relationships, enjoy their work, and live a happier life. In her 14 years as a mediator, she’s helped people in many different leadership roles have productive conversations and resolve a variety of disputes and conflict. With her background as a programmer, interface designer, and project manager, she understands the business side of the house and "groks" tech people. You can find out more about this aspect of her work at

Louise thinks, reads, and blogs about race, difference, and enjoying cross-cultural experiences at She’s taken trainings with Cultures Connecting and the Dispute Resolution Center of King County on cross-cultural awareness and the skills to lead frank discussions about race and culture differences.

She has a Master’s degree in Information Design and Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University. She is a member of the King County Bar Association’s section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Washington Mediation Association.