Teri Black & Company LLC.

the team

Teri Black, President/CEO

Teri Black, President/CEO

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, Vice President

Joseph E. Brann, Vice President

For the past three decades, Joe Brann has been a nationally recognized expert in policing and contemporary law enforcement practices. Having established his consulting firm almost 14 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 first 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.

Julie Yuan-Miu, Senior Recruiter

Julie Yuan-Miu, Senior Recruiter

In 2015, Julie became a member of TBC after a distinguished 28-year career in municipal government.  She began her public sector career in human resources and was promoted to the director’s level in 1995.  Her full range of experience includes recruitment and selection, personnel and benefits administration, training, as well as classification and compensation.  Julie has served as the chief spokesperson in labor negotiations, and continued in this role in her position as the Assistant City Manager for the cities of Tracy and Pleasanton. 

Her numerous accomplishments extend well beyond Human Resources.  As Assistant City Manager, Julie oversaw the successful completion of several multi-million dollar construction projects and community facilitation efforts.  The breadth of her local government experience also includes service in the cities of Concord and Milpitas, as well as the Dublin San Ramon Services District.

Julie received her MPA degree from California State University East Bay and holds an MPH degree from the University of Hawaii (East West Center) along with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. 

While Julie will be involved in the majority of the firm’s searches, she will play a key role in supporting the needs of our ever growing Northern California client base.  She has a unique passion for recruiting and incredibly sharp instincts when it comes to personnel matters.  Through our work with the City of Pleasanton over the last four years, we have admired Julie’s professionalism, exceptional standards and insistence on quality results.  With our values clearly in sync, we are thrilled about this new addition to our team and delighted to expand our outstanding level of commitment to clients we have not been positioned to serve in the past.  Julie is based in Oakland, California.

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.

Tracey Carlson, Engagement Manager

Tracey Carlson, Engagement Manager

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 - Business Manager

Ingrid Safranek - 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

Cindi Maudlin, Special Projects

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.

 

Emily West, Writer

Emily West, Writer

Serving as the firm’s Technical Writer, Emily is responsible for writing, editing, and assisting on a variety of projects. She wields her keyboard on everything from in-house documents to recruitment brochures and online content.

Emily holds a Master of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University, where she honed her research, organization, and writing skills as a student of history. For over seven years she has provided valuable writing expertise to businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations across a range of industries.