Teri Black & Company LLC.

the team

Teri Black, President

Teri Black, President

Teri has been dedicated to public sector executive search since 1999. Serving communities with populations over 1 million to towns as small as 2,000, she has built a substantial base of clients across the Western United States that continually rely upon her personalized service and recruitment expertise. Her clients also include special districts, utility agencies and non-profit organizations.

Before entering the executive search field, Teri enjoyed a successful career in local and federal government, serving in management positions where she oversaw public safety, finance, human resources, communications, public/legislative affairs, information technology and strategic planning. In the 42nd Presidential Administration, Teri served as Chief of Staff in the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office where she managed a $2 billion annual budget and a staff of over 200.

Teri earned her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. She is a founding committee member of Cal-ICMA's Preparing the Next Generation initiative and holds active memberships in numerous professional associations serving the public sector.

Joseph E. Brann, CEO

Joseph E. Brann, CEO

Joe Brann has been a nationally recognized expert in contemporary law enforcement practices for decades. He is considered one of the country's foremost experts on community policing and use of force matters. Having established his consulting firm 18 years ago, a substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to individual and organizational performance improvement. He has extensive experience in public sector training and human resources issues, and provides assistance to high level and complex TBC assignments. After coming up through the ranks in the Santa Ana, CA Police Department, he served as Police Chief of the Hayward, CA Police Department before becoming the founding Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services/U.S. Department of Justice in the Clinton Administration. While in Washington, Joe administered over $8 billion in community policing grants for local government entities across the country. Since leaving federal service, he has served as a consultant to cities and counties throughout the nation specializing in public safety issues with a focus on improving managerial performance and accountability in police organizations.

Joe holds a MPA from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Joe is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Suzanne Mason, Senior Recruiter

Suzanne Mason, Senior Recruiter

Suzanne has over 33 years of professional experience working with cities and counties in California as a local government administrator and human resources professional focusing on business process improvement, change management and improved human resource practices.  Suzanne has worked to modernize and improve public sector recruitment and hiring practices throughout her career and recently was part of a multi-jurisdictional team that worked with the State of California to rewrite the State’s county personnel merit rules which were adopted in 2016.  During her career she has worked with the City of Long Beach, Napa County, the City of Palo Alto and the City and County of San Francisco.  With these jurisdictions she has served as Deputy City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Director of Human Resources and Director of Employee Relations, in addition to various departmental assignments.  Suzanne has extensive experience with organizational change management, community and employee engagement, budgeting, as well as all areas of human resources management.

Suzanne earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in Intergovernmental Management, and her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Suzanne also holds a certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Suzanne has served as a member of Cal-ICMA’s Preparing the Next Generation Committee since its inception and was part of the team that transitioned to the effort to the Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative.  Suzanne also serves as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Napa.
 

Bradley Wardle, Senior Recruiter

Bradley Wardle, Senior Recruiter

Chief Wardle has over 30 years of diverse experience in all areas of emergency response and management. He served as Fire Chief of the Mountain View Fire Department from April 2010 to May 2015.  Prior to his service in the Silicon Valley, Chief Wardle invested the first 25 years of his career with the City of West Jordan, Utah, rising from the rank of firefighter to serving as the city’s Fire Chief for six years.  During this time, he also served as Interim City Manager.  

Chief Wardle has held numerous leadership and teaching positions—including serving as President of the Santa Clara County Fire Chief’s Association and President of the Utah State Fire Chief’s Association. He is a long-time member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and has taught courses in Emergency Services Public Administration as an Adjunct Faculty Member for Utah Valley University. His academic credentials include a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Studies and Economics from the University of Utah and an Associate of Arts in Fire Science from Utah Valley State College.

Outside of work Chief Wardle enjoys outdoor sports, gardening, studying history and riding his motorcycle.  He lives in Herriman Utah with his wife to whom he has been married to for 30 years.  They have three grown children and two dogs.

Tina White, Senior Recruiter

Tina White, Senior Recruiter

Tina White retired as City Manager of Poway, California in May, 2019.   The City of Poway consistently ranked as one of California’s safest cities and among the best California cities in which to raise a family.  As City Manager, Ms. White oversaw an operating budget of $90 million, a workforce of more than 200 full-time employees, and capital improvement projects totaling $34 million in fiscal year 2017-18.  Prior to being appointed City Manager, Ms. White served as Poway’s Assistant City Manager for more than six years.   As Assistant City Manager, she continued to lead labor negotiations with employee unions (a role she served for more than 10 years).

Ms. White worked in local government for more than 30 years, working for the cities of El Cajon and Poway and for Helix Water District.  She began with Poway in 2001, starting as a management analyst and working her way up to Administrative Services Director in 2006, where she was responsible for human resources, finance, information technology, customer services and the water conservation team.  She also worked for five years as a municipal law paralegal and legal administrator for a law firm that represented a number of cities and special districts in the San Diego area.

Over the course of her diverse and accomplished career, she successfully recruited and hired high-quality executive leaders, technical and professional staff, middle managers, and line staff.  This included filling positions in highly regulated fields such as water treatment and distribution and wastewater, and specialized fields such as engineering and municipal/land use law.  She attributes her success in recruitments to ensuring that she understood the needs of the position and the organization, looking beyond the job description.  She also ensured the selected candidates not only had the necessary skills and abilities, but that they were the right “match” for the organization.  This aptitude will help her bring forward the best available candidates and properly gauge their skills and fit with client organizations.

Since retiring, Ms. White also works as a senior advisor serving the consulting, administrative and project management needs of local government.

Ms. White is a member of the International City/County Management Association, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.
 

Robert McFall, Senior Recruiter

Robert McFall, Senior Recruiter

Joining TBC Recruiting, Bob continues with a distinguished professional career that spans over 43 years, with 35 as an executive manager in local government and the past 8 years in private management consulting. His tenure with local government included nearly 25 years as the Assistant City Manager with the City of Glendale, involving oversight of the budget, operations and service delivery effectiveness with a dedicated emphasis on human resource practices and organizational development. Working with other HR professionals, Bob focused on recruitment, retention and development practices to model best industry methods. During this time, Bob also served as the City’s Administrative Hearing office, and played a leadership role in all Glendale’s executive level recruitments, as well as assisting other communities with similar recruitments. Bob served as liaison to the City Council and regional elected officials and initiated aggressive public accountable practices through the establishment of an independent Internal Audit Unit and public oversight board.
 
Bob’s recent consulting work has emphasized his extensive experience and interest in human resources, public policy and development of organizational teams, proving services focused on executive recruitment, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, team building and human resource practices. Clients have included both non-profit and public agencies, the most recent including engagements with the City of Arroyo Grande as Interim City Manager while overseeing the recruitment process for the permanent City Manager.
 
Earning his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Pomona, Bob has been actively engaged in leadership roles with many professional organizations at the local, state and federal level, including the International City Manager’s Association, California Innovation Group, and the California and National Parks and Recreation Societies. He is based in Ojai, California.
 

Tracey Carlson, Director of Client & Candidate Care

Tracey Carlson, Director of Client & Candidate Care

Tracey is responsible for managing the numerous administrative activities associated with TBC recruitments and special projects. From overseeing our massive database, ensuring contractual requirements are met and interacting with candidates to coordinating background checks, she is involved with all aspects of the search process.

Tracey brings over a decade of project management experience to TB&Co. Prior to joining the firm, she held a variety of finance, IT and project management related positions with Northrop Grumman and Toyota Motor Sales, USA. Tracey serves as Teri’s invaluable “right hand” in ensuring that all client and candidate needs are met.
 

Lucia Vo, Executive Assistant

Lucia Vo, Executive Assistant

Lucia has worked in various administrative capacities in the private sector throughout Europe and the United States and brings an international multicultural flair to our team. "Aside from raising my daughter (and husband)," she states, "contributing to the success of the firm and our clients is the most rewarding."  Lucia graduated from Technic University Kosice in Slovakia majoring in Business Administration.

The newest member of TBC's team, Lucia interfaces extensively with our candidates and works alongside Tracey to help ensure our clients and candidates receive the proper care and support.  A great deal of her time is spent handling incoming calls, monitoring our online application system, responding to e-mails, assisting candidates with their submissions, and helping with the coordination of Teri's insane travel schedule.

Ingrid Safranek - CFO/Business Manager

Ingrid Safranek - CFO/Business Manager

Ingrid has been a Certified Public Accountant in California since 2006. She worked for Deloitte & Touche from 2002 to 2006, where she was part of the audit teams for large and small, private and public clients such as Computer Sciences Corporation, Infonet (later acquired by British Telecom), Candle! Corporation (later acquired by IBM), Kubota, Primedia, Inc., Gold Circle Entertainment, and the Performing Arts Center, among others. Her focus was on the technology, media and entertainment industries. She is also the owner of Goldstein Enterprises, a management consulting firm that has served numerous clients by providing them with business practices analyses and software application development in order to streamline day-to-day operations and maximize efficiency. Among Ingrid’s past and current clients as owner of Goldstein Enterprises were Nestle USA, Warner Bros. Studios and RJR Fashion Fabrics. Most recently she was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of MMRGlobal, Inc., a publicly reporting company in the Health IT space that provides and resells Personal Health Records and document imaging and scanning systems along with the licensing of its intellectual property.  She is well versed in contract negotiations and worked closely with the CEO and the Board of Directors.

Ingrid received a B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting from UCLA.
 

Cindi Maudlin, Special Projects Manager

Cindi Maudlin, Special Projects Manager

Serving as Special Projects Manager & Assistant to the CEO, Cindi is charged with overseeing special projects for the firm such as implementing new software, designing our approach to social media, keeping our operations as green as possible - all things related to keeping us on our toes when it comes to efficiency and accountability.

Cindi holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Loyola Marymount University.