Personable and Professional
Meet our outstanding team members
Wendi Brown, President of WBCP, Inc.
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.
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.
Heather Jack, Executive Search Associate and Office Manager
Heather Jack is WBCP’s Office Manager and lead Project Manager. She has been working for WBCP since 2015. Heather supports all recruitments and other projects in human resources, employee engagement, salary and benchmark studies, and other human resource related projects with several municipalities in Oregon and California. Heather has a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and a double minor in Environmental Studies and French from Southern Oregon University.
Stephanie Sherwood, Executive Assistant
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. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus in Hospitality 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.
Jerry Gruber, MPA, Senior Consultant
Jerry joined the WBCP team as a Senior Consultant in 2019 and supports business development, executive search services and various business and organizational consulting projects. Jerry is a seasoned local government executive with broad-based experience working in numerous full-service communities with over 30 years in leadership positions. Jerry started his career serving in the United States Air Force as an Environmental Support Specialist. After departing the Air Force, Jerry oversaw water utility operations for a variety of public sector organizations in Florida. In 2004, Jerry returned to California and served as the General Manager for the City of Big Bear Lake, Department of Water and Power before he moved on to serve as the City Manager for the Town of Atherton, California, and then General Manager for the Cambria Community Services District, California.
Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Resource Management from Troy University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Public Management, also from Troy University.
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, 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 and Police Chief, and Public Safety Director.
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. 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 serves as adjunct criminology professor at Rogue Community College.
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.
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.
Training and Business Development
Angela Antenore, Facilitator and Training Consultant
Angela brings a common sense approach to management and leadership. Working in private, public, non-profit and academic institutions, Angela has been instrumental in the development of leadership and communication skills within diverse populations. She incorporates the perspectives and contributions of all levels of employees including executives, managers, line staff as well as elected officials. She helps leaders build high-performing teams, focusing on how leaders can best perform in order to deliver results, excel in their roles and engage and motivate their teams.
Angela holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and possesses certifications and experience in a variety of subjects including: Leadership and employee development; Cross-cultural and Intercultural communication; Diversity and Inclusion; Communication; Virtual facilitation and teams; Coaching; Performance Coaching; Conflict Management/Mediation; Strategic Planning; and Facilitation.
She served as Dean and co-founder of an internal Employees’ University and serves as a Board member with several non-profit organizations and has served as a Commissioner to the County of Santa Barbara. A Santa Barbara resident, she is proficient in Spanish.
Mark Honberger, Business Development Consultant
Mark Honberger has over 24 years’ experience in Parks and Recreation serving nonprofit, commercial, faith-based and municipal organizations, cities and special districts in California and Arizona. Most recently Mark served as the General Manager for the Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District in California. Mark has served professionally with the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), as the President of District 5 and 7 and he is currently serving on the Arizona Recreation and Park Association (ARPA) planning committee for the 2018 APRA Conference. Mark continues to work with parks and recreation agencies as a consultant, and is WBCP’s Business Development Consultant in the State of Arizona. Mark’s knowledge of public sector and nonprofit organizations, his outgoing and positive personality, and his ability to develop long lasting relationships are ideal to build WBCP’s new client base and expand our consulting services in the State of Arizona.
Mark has a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Jeff Altemus, Graphic Designer
A creative professional with a passion for great design and clear communication, Jeff has worked with WBCP since 2015 consistently providing clients with dynamic, engaging, and effective marketing collateral. Since 2004, he has developed long-term working relationships with a wide variety of small businesses, nonprofits, authors, and civic organizations.
Jeff is also a founding member of the Neighborhood Food Project, an innovative nonprofit focused on building community and supplying food to those who need it.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.