Michelle Long
Senior HR Consultant


For more than 20 years, Michelle Long has worked in the Human Resources world in a variety of executive positions.  Michelle works with many of our mid-sized clients as an acting HR Advisor. Before joining RSJ/Swenson in 2014, Michelle served in various HR roles on the East Coast, including positions as Vice President of Human Resources at Citigroup and Director of Human Resources at Mastercard and Bowne. She has a certification as a Career Transition Coach. Michelle is a proud graduate of the University of Oregon and has a  Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Patricia Ramirez PHR
Senior HR Consultant

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Patty Ramirez has a diverse background in human resources, working in the manufacturing, retail, and hospitality high tech industries.  She worked in employee relations at the famed Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.  As a consultant she also has dealt with M & A’s. At RSJ/Swenson, she primarily works with our clients providing employee relations advice and counsel as well as conducting HR Compliance Audits. Patty is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College and is that rare HR professional who is also bilingual.


Kathy Spira
Senior HR Consultant


Kathy Spira has been an HR professional for more than 20 years.  She began her career as an Benefits/Compensation Specialist at Sports Club Company, progressing to Director of HR there.   She then became the HR Business Partner for the Western US at Lululemon Athletica, and the Director of Human Resources for Futuredontics (1-800-Dentist). Kathy has a bachelor’s degree from California State University Dominquez Hills, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, where she also graduated in their Human Resources Management Certificate Program. Kathy works with a variety of clients, providing key insights in compliance, recruiting and strategic advice.


Steven Springer, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP
Senior HR Consultant


Steven has 20 years of progressive human resources experience (Human Resources Generalist to Vice President of Human Resources).  He has worked for Wells Fargo Bank, Fiserv, Inc., The Private Bank of California and Opera Mediaworks.  While working at RSJ/Swenson he has consulted with multiple small to mid-size clients in their improvement, growth and for their ongoing HR support.

A graduate of the University of Colorado with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Steven has designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources with a California specialty (SPHR-CA) and a Society of Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with a Federal specialty.  He has a Mediation certification from the Conflict Management Institute and is certified in Leadership Architect from Korn Ferry which deals with identifying and developing competencies from recruiting, onboarding, development and the overall life of the employee.

He is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management and the Professional in Human Resources Association.

He also devotes time working pro bono for the Taproot Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides professional developmental grants to organizations working with social issues in the United States and International.

He is versed in regards to all HR disciplines and is tactical as well as strategic.  He prides himself on applying best practices, developing infrastructures, re-defining cultures, which enhance work environments and allow companies to successfully move into the future.


Patricia (Pat) Somerville, GPHR, SPHR
Senior HR Consultant


Pat Somerville has extensive HR experience in a variety of industries throughout the United States at a senior level.  She was the Principal, Head of HR for North America & Europe for Genpact Headstrong Capital Markets, a global and IT consulting firm with over 10,000 employees.  Also on the east coast, she was Vice President & HR Director for Millennium Bank N.A.  After relocating to the west coast in 2014, she joined the RSJ/Swenson team.

Pat works with our clients at a senior level, providing employee relations and strategic advice.

She received her undergraduate degree in Journalism at Cal State Northridge, and her Master’s Degree in HR Development at The George Washington University.  She holds certifications in HR from UCLA and in Mediation and Dispute Resolution from the California Bar Association.


Jamie Mercer Baker
Operations Manager



Jamie Baker has worked in operations for RSJ/Swenson since 2011.  She works with our clients in the areas of payroll/HRMS implementation; screening and selection of job candidates; and oversees our HR AnswerPro® Program. Prior to RSJ/Swenson, Ms. Baker worked as a production manager for various entertainment production companies, which gave her the foundation to work with the varying needs of our clients. Ms. Baker is a graduate of Old Dominion University and lives with her husband in Studio City.


Kirsten L. Hansen
Senior Associate

Kirsten Hansen received her undergraduate degree in English at Loma Linda University and her J.D. at the Glendale University College of Law.  She became a certified paralegal in 1989 at UCLA. Ms. Hansen has worked as a paralegal at the Los Angeles-area law firms of Hillsinger & Costanzo; Knapp, Petersen & Clarke; Carl Sherriff & Associates, and at Stutman, Triester & Glatt.  She was the Director of Legal Affairs at EarthLink Network, Inc. from 1996-2000, and was most recently Practice Development Manager at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.


Tony A. Rose


Tony Rose is a founding partner of Rose, Snyder & Jacobs and principal at RSJ/Swenson. His client responsibilities include tax and management consulting advice to closely-held corporations, family owned businesses, partnerships and the high net worth individuals that own them.

Along with an uncommon passion for client-centered outcomes, Tony has over 30 years of experience working with businesses and their owners in numerous industry sectors. Not simply a tax accountant, Tony has extended his thought leadership to the challenges of managing and business and the people who work for and with them.  He is the author of a blog called What We Should Be Doing http://whatweshouldbedoing.blogspot.com/ where much of his philosophies are shared.

Tony is the author of two books, Say Hello To The Elephants and Five Eyes On The Fence. In both of these books, Tony shares his experiences with small and medium sized businesses along with insights those experiences have created.

Tony has been a Certified Kolbe Method™ Consultant for well over 10 years.  Before bringing the power of the Kolbe Wisdom to his clients, he spearheaded the effort of his organization to fully embrace the use of this meaningful tool in hiring and management of their team.