Personable and Professional
Meet our outstanding team members
Wendi Brown, President
Wendi is the President of WBCP, an executive search and human resources consultancy serving clients in California, Oregon and Arizona, and soon in Washington state. Wendi is passionate about helping organizations improve their recruitment services, place great talent, conduct department assessments, redesign antiquated processes, revise job descriptions, conduct salary and benchmark studies, and more. She has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising and combines this with her background in recruiting to successfully place hard-to-fill, management, and executive positions. She has worked in various industries — advertising and public relations, national real estate franchisor, global manufacturing – and with nonprofit and public sector organizations since 1999. Formerly, she was an internal Human Resources Consultant for the County of Orange, California, providing countywide communications, human resources, executive search and recruiter training services to the Assistant Chief Executive Office/Human Resources Director and, at that time, 25 decentralized departments, with 17,000 employees, serving a community of 300,000. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Colorado Technical University; has earned several certificates in Project Management, Global Business, Marketing and Human Resources; and is working towards a Master’s in Management at Southern Oregon University.
Sam Sackman, Vice President
Sam is WBCP’s Vice President, and is part of WBCP’s executive leadership team. Sam has a wealth of business and public sector experience and brings in-depth analytical and project management skills and experience supporting executive leadership with special projects, program development, contracts and administration support, including executive recruitment. Prior to joining the WBCP team, she spent five years working at Valley Water (formerly Santa Clara Valley Water District) where she was an expert in leading complex projects and organizational change management practices supporting the CEO, Chief Officers, and various departments, such as Facilities, Contracts, Human Resources, and Government Affairs. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the inner workings of government agencies, political sensitivities, and their recruitment policies and processes. Sam has a Master’s in Anthropology with an emphasis in Program Development, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with an emphasis in Sociology and Behavior Driven Health, both from Creighton University.
Heather Jack, Chief Operating Officer
Heather Jack is WBCP’s Chief Operating Officer and lead Project Manager. Since starting at WBCP in 2015, she has grown into an integral part of the business. Heather uses her strong organizational skills and attention to detail to support all recruitments from start to finish, coordinate timelines, oversee the team’s productivity. Meeting clients’ deadlines and major milestones is one of Heather’s top priorities, making her our go-to person for all things calendar and project management-related. Heather also assists with projects in human resources with several municipalities in Oregon and California. Other aspects of her role include supporting employee engagement, salary and benchmark studies, and business operations. During her time at WBCP, Heather has modernized processes and scaled technology systems for the company. Prior to working with WBCP, Heather worked at Hannon Library, developing organizational, research, and interpersonal skills. Heather has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and a double minor in Environmental Studies and French from Southern Oregon University.
Lexie Graf, Director of Marketing & Communications
Lexie Graf is WBCP’s Director of Marketing & Communications. As a marketing professional, she has been primarily focusing on copywriting, content creation, and brand strategy in her career. Lexie has a knack for understanding each clients’ unique needs, allowing her to adapt her writing voice and branding as needed. Along with developing and overseeing the creation of social media, marketing materials, and advertising plans for WBCP, Lexie collaborates with the recruitment team in meeting clients’ needs and deadlines. Before working at WBCP, Lexie wrote for Indeed and the University of Wisconsin Colleges, helping her develop a deep understanding of career development, recruitment, and public sector careers. Throughout her marketing career, Lexie has produced a wide variety of campaigns and deliverables, such as blogs, digital and print ads, website content, brochures, social media posts, eBooks, and magazines. Notable projects throughout her career include developing content for two websites and collaborating on an email marketing campaign that won an American Advertising Award in multiple categories. Lexie has a Bachelor’s in Communications with certificates in Digital Studies and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Maggie Alexandre, Executive Search and Class and Compensation Associate
Maggie Alexandre is a Human Resources professional with over 30 years of experience, and is WBCP’s key consultant performing all classification and compensation studies. Prior to working at WBCP, Maggie was a Human Resources Director in the San Francisco Financial District and led an 80 person team of human resource professionals. She began her career in HR at Robertson, Stephens & Company, a boutique investment bank, and continued in the HR Director role at other investment banks and private equity firms until 2016. Maggie has worked in all areas of HR as a generalist with a focus in employee relations, recruitment and classification and compensation. She has been working as an Executive Search Associate and Classification and Compensation Specialist for WBCP since 2018. Maggie studied Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach and received her Human Resources Management Certificate from California State University, San Francisco.
Stephanie Lawson, Recruitment Coordinator
Stephanie started working for WBCP in 2019. She acts as support for all facets of the recruitment process, as well as any other tasks to assist the WBCP team. Some of her core responsibilities include candidate and panel coordination, candidate review, calendar and timeline management, and interview material preparation. Prior to working for WBCP, Stephanie had several roles in hospitality where she further developed her client relations, communications, and clerical skills. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Hospitality from Southern Oregon University.
Ryan Brown, Social Media Coordinator
Ryan has served as WBCP’s Social Media Coordinator since 2020. In this role, Ryan works to increase WBCP’s social media presence and expose its many recruitments to a larger audience. Along with his social media focus, Ryan assists in recruitment by posting ad plans and handling the delivery and production of mailers and brochures. Before his time here, Ryan worked in customer service where he developed customer relations and communication skills, along with how to work in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment. Ryan will soon be enrolling at Southern Oregon University to study Political Science to further his knowledge of governments, public policies, and political behavior.
Christian Vieira, Recruitment Assistant
Christian is one of WBCP’s Recruitment Assistants and has been with the company since 2021. The primary purpose of his role is to support WBCP’s Executive Team. His other duties include panel/candidate coordination, resume review, and time/schedule management. Christian quickly learned how to interact with WBCP clients, as he has several years of experience working in customer service. Some of his other strengths include communication, organization, and relationship building. Christian will soon be enrolling at Southern Oregon University to study Anthropology and further his knowledge of different cultures and human behavior.
Naomi Orr, Recruitment Assistant
Naomi is one of WBCP’s Recruitment Assistants and is part of WBCP’s support team. She has project management experience in report writing coupled with data entry and client relations experience. She directly supports the executive leadership recruitment staff with project management, candidate coordination, and rigorous attention to detail. Prior to joining the WBCP team, she spent three years working at an environmental research laboratory where she aided clients in regulatory compliance, sample collection, and report production. Naomi has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Southern Oregon University.
Human Resources / IT / Organizational Development
Carl Crown, Human Resources, IT & Facilitation Consultant
Carl has over 35 years of experience in Human Resources and Training. He served as Director of Human Resources for the County of Orange (retired), where he supported 25 decentralized departments in all human resource capacities. His many accomplishments include redesigning and implementing the County’s new selection rules (a comprehensive approach to marketing open positions), streamlining the selection process, recruiter assessment, and overall improvement in the efficiencies and effectiveness of recruiting throughout the County. During his time with the U.S. Coast Guard, Carl served as the Commanding Officer for Coast Guard bases in Honolulu, HI and Southern California, before ultimately retiring as the Director of Training and Development.
Throughout his career he worked on various initiatives including agency and department reorganizations, comprehensive classification and compensation reviews, job redesign efforts and decentralization of Human Resources functions. He also oversaw application development and support and business development, and was responsible for day-to-day operations of the Orange County Data Center and delivery of all Wide Area Network services across the County.
He holds a Master’s of Arts, Organizational and Human Resource Development from George Washington University; a Bachelor’s of Science, Biology, University of Florida.
Cindy Charan, MA, Senior Human Resources Consultant
Cindy Charan is a Senior HR Consultant with WBCP, Inc., bringing 18+ years of human resources management experience, the last 13 years of which have been in an executive management capacity in public sector human resources.
As an HR practitioner, Cindy is passionate about helping organizations with talent management by attracting, retaining, and developing their human capital through workforce development, transforming and modernizing human resources (nuts and bolts), and helping to advance the long-term health and performance of the organization. She has notable experience in strategic human resources planning, organizational development, change management facilitation, workforce development, performance management, recruitment/retention, and executive coaching.
Prior to joining WBCP, Cindy served as the Human Resources Director with the State Bar of California where she managed all aspects of human resources functions. Previously, Cindy served as the Human Resource Director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission with the City and County of San Francisco, and as the Human Resources Director with the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. In all her positions, Cindy focused on developing a best practice approach in the modernization of human resources, organizational development, compliance, policy development, talent management, recruitment/retention, strategic planning, staff development, labor and employee relations, performance management, and HRIS systems design and implementation.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Cindy is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). Cindy is also a member of the California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CalPELRA), and International Public Management Association – HR (NCCIPMA).
Chief William O. Landis, Public Safety Consultant
Chief Landis specializes in public safety searches including police, EMS, medical examiner, 911 dispatch, and fire leadership positions. With over 30 years of law enforcement and Fire experience, he has served in multiple roles including Police Officer, Firefighter, School Resource Officer, Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Detective, Detective Sergeant, SWAT Team Member/ Commander, Negotiations Team Member, Operations Lieutenant, Deputy Chief, Police Chief, and Public Safety Director. Chief Landis was certified as a Firefighter I, Deputy Medical Examiner and holds an Executive Management Certification from DPSST (highest police certification in Oregon). He is a former member of the International Association of Police (IACP), Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), and served as an adjunct criminology professor at Rogue Community College for 10 years.
While serving as Public Safety Director, he created programs such as a “Sobering Center” which required changes in legislation but was an alternative to arrests, mobile food kitchens which served food to the homeless without impacting specific neighborhoods, a Nuisance Intervention Team which addressed nuisance issues affecting the community, and created a “School Marshal Program” which utilizes retired police officers to assist with school safety at an affordable price.
He served 25 years in the United States Navy (6 years active and 19 in the Reserves). He retired from the Navy in 2008 as a Navy Chief Submariner having served in the Navy’s nuclear submarine service.
He holds a Master’s degree in Justice Administration and Crime Management from Bellevue University, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University, and an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Rogue Community College.
Health and Human Services
Patrick Duterte, Health and Human Services Consultant
Patrick has over 35 years of experience in Health and Human Services in California public sector organizations. He served as the Director of Health and Social Services for Solano County, where he directed an integrated department (including public health, social services and behavioral health) and oversaw over 1,200 staff and a budget exceeding $280 MM. Previously, he worked as Director of Employment and Benefit Services in Santa Clara County, and additionally has managed child welfare programs and employment programs in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Highlights of Patrick’s public sector service include:
- Pioneering the first national model for insuring all children; Santa Clara County’s Children’s Health Initiative.
- Transforming the County health clinics into Federally Qualified Health Centers as well as integrating behavioral health with physical health. (One of the first nationally). These transformations not only made “self-sustaining” programs but delivered higher quality services and outcomes.
- Appointed to the National Association of Counties (NACo) – Health Steering Committee, Chair of Health Disparities Subcommittee, President’s Advisory Committee on Transitional Foster Youth, and President’s Advisory Committee on Healthy Communities.
- Winner of two prestigious awards: SPUR Award- 1991-Managerial Efficiency Award (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association); 2014 CSAC Circle of Service Award (California State Association of Counties).
Patrick served his country in Vietnam and received his Bachelor’s from the University of California and a Master’s from San Francisco State University.