President Emeritus – Dr. Linda Recio
Dr. Linda Recio was the founding President of Evergreen Solutions in 2004 and became President Emeritus in 2020. As a successful educational consultant, Dr. Recio has held leadership positions in the educational arena for more than 30 years. School systems and state departments of education from across the United States have sought out her expertise and ability to deliver real-world solutions to state and local administrators.
In addition to serving as President Emeritus of Evergreen Solutions, Dr. Recio leads Evergreen’s Education Consulting Practice, as she did for 15 years at another national consulting firm. Linda’s extensive experience in comprehensive school district management and performance reviews, school improvement planning, and strategic planning has led many public education clients to hire Evergreen Solutions for improvement projects.
Dr. Recio is familiar with school districts in many states, having directed studies in California, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas. While at the Florida Department of Education, she was instrumental in developing the comprehensive audit criteria and data collection instruments utilized to conduct operational and managerial reviews in Florida’s 67 school districts. She is also an experienced program administrator. During her 13-year tenure with FDOE, she administered several special statewide programs, including the Community Involvement and Training Program and the State Compensatory Education Program.
Following her 13-year career with FDOE, Dr. Recio joined the Leon County School System as the Executive Director of Planning and Policy Development, where she was responsible for the district’s strategic plan, school board policies and administrative procedures, staff plan, interagency and legislative planning, grants administration, and program evaluation.
Dr. Recio holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in science education, both from Florida State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and education from the State University of New York at Albany.
President – Dr. Jeffrey Ling, CCP
Dr. Jeff Ling is a Certified Compensation Professional who has worked in the consulting field for more than 25 years and leads Evergreen’s Human Resources Consulting Practice. He has developed highly successful human resources management solutions targeted at state and local government as well as higher education markets. Organizations from around the country have turned to his vast knowledge base to improve their ability to deliver. Specifically, his portfolio includes experience in research and evaluation, efficiency review, survey analysis, data management, survey and polling, risk analysis, change management, statistical modeling, and technology planning. He specializes in summarizing major alternatives for decision makers and providing viable recommendations.
Dr. Ling has been instrumental in creating, reviewing, and evaluating the methodology employed by Evergreen Solutions on all human resources engagements. In his professional work, he has interacted with over 400 clients from around the world working in the capacity of Project Principal and Director. His background and skill set make him uniquely qualified for assessing organizational critical needs and strategy. He is an expert in policy development and long-term planning.
Dr. Ling is renowned for his work in a variety of studies, including Management and Process Reviews, Strategic Planning, Compensation/Classification, Business Case Analysis, Staffing Studies, Market Research, Policy Development, Performance Evaluation, Gender/Race Audits, Change Management Studies, Employee Trainings, Satisfaction Surveys, and Strategic Planning.
Dr. Ling holds a Doctorate’s Degree from Florida State University in Political Science and is Executive Vice President of Evergreen Solutions, LLC. Jeff has taught at the College of Wooster, Florida State University, and Iowa State University. His areas of specialization included public management and operations, econometrics, and public sector service provision.
Vice-President – Nancy Berkley
Ms. Nancy Berkley is the Vice-President at Evergreen Solutions who has over 30 years human resources experience demonstrating a thorough knowledge of multiple HR disciplines including, recruiting and staffing, workforce planning and retention, on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, employee leave administration, voluntary and in-voluntary employee separations, performance management, employee surveys, organizational design and development, organization effectiveness, employee learning, training, and development, employee records administration and retention, and awards and recognition programs. She has consistently enhanced organizational capability by integrating HR with strategic business planning, development and assessment. She has provided individualized executive coaching and led HR team development and high performance teams. She has led corporate change initiatives and built talent-rich organizations by strengthening people and integrating processes and has directed human resources in high-volume, transactional service organizations and high-level, consulting organizations. She has excellent conflict resolution, negotiation, and influencing skills.
Ms. Berkley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University.
Director of Marketing – Kelly Tucker
Ms. Kelly Tucker is the Director of Marketing for Evergreen Solutions. She has over 25 years of professional and consulting experience with various public and private organizations, including the Florida Department of Community Affairs, Executive Office of the Governor, Florida Senate, Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Commission on Offender Review, Leon County, City of Tallahassee, and the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section. Specifically, her expertise and project work fall into three main areas: marketing in the private sector; legislation, procedure, and policy assessment in the public sector; and the management of various aspects of Florida’s criminal justice system. Her involvement in marketing, planning, and development, and data analysis and interpretation, make her uniquely qualified to contribute to a variety of projects as well as lead Evergreen Solution’s marketing efforts. Ms. Tucker’s skills in marketing include event planning, technical writing, securing strategic partners, team development and coordination, informational material design, and business development. Her writing skills include the development of proposals and grants, assessment reports, marketing and promotional items, training and “how to comply” manuals, for various state, local, and private sector agencies.
Ms. Tucker has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Florida State University.
Administrative Assistant – Jacqueline Barnes
Jacqueline Barnes has more than 20 years of administrative and clerical experience, including supervising a large word processing department. She has also worked for the Florida Department of Education and a national public-sector consulting firm. Jacqueline has a far-reaching understanding of design, Internet, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Ms. Barnes oversees all purchasing, travel, accounts receivable, correspondence and communications, and scheduling for the Evergreen team.
Senior Consultant – Angele Yazbec
Dr. Angele Yazbec is a Senior Consultant with Evergreen. She possesses a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Florida State University, and has a strong background in quantitative and qualitative analysis. She is able to apply her knowledge and skills as a Senior Consultant for Evergreen through various functions including: conducting market research and collecting compensation data, running regression analyses and recommending appropriate pay grades, and editing job descriptions.
Consultant – Mark Holcombe
Mr. Mark Holcombe is a Consultant at Evergreen Solutions. He has spent extensive time studying both micro and macro-economic labor markets, public sector economics, and has studied econometric modeling for displaying and communicating data in an effective way. He has been using his economics background both in running a business and in consulting since graduation. His role with Evergreen has focused on compensation and classification studies utilizing market data. His primary responsibilities include: working closely with project teams and project managers in coordinating salary and benefit survey initiatives; evaluating market data from surveys, government agencies, and private sector databases to provide comprehensive reviews of compensation packages; and designing clear and concise reports and displays to communicate nuanced results.
Mr. Holcombe holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics with a concentration in Behavioral Economics and Criminology from Florida State University.
Consultant – Brad Brackins
Mr. Brackins is a Consultant at Evergreen Solutions. With his background in data analysis and public administration, he assists public organizations in navigating the unique human resources challenges that they face today. His experience at Evergreen Solutions includes conducting compensation and classification studies. He works closely with organizations to gather employee feedback and organizational data in order to evaluate their current situation. He also conducts market studies in order to evaluate competitiveness with peer organizations. Through his research and analytical skills, he is able to use this information to formulate customized solutions that help public sector clients improve their ability to recruit and retain high-quality employees.
Mr. Brackins has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University and Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida.
Senior Analyst – Patrick Higman
Mr. Patrick Higman is a Senior Analyst with Evergreen who has been with the firm two years. As a former accountant, he regularly worked with local and state public associations by overseeing their reserve accounts, creating financial statements on their behalf, and performing financial analysis. This led him to work regularly with large volumes of data and creating custom reporting for senior leadership from it. With a focus on compensation and classification studies, the abilities and skills he obtained is demonstrated in his work, which includes: aggregating market research, collaborating with internal and external teams to perform surveys, evaluating results, and working with internal teams to assess various compensation packages.
Mr. Higman holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University.
Betty Ressel, Managing Partner, Ressel and Associates, LLC
Ms. Betty Ressel, CPA, is a Managing Partner of Ressel and Associates, LLC. She has participated in and managed 105 efficiency, performance, and academic audits conducted by the Texas Comptroller’s Office in school districts (100) and Higher Education Institutions (5), as well as reviews of state and local governmental agencies. She has served on the Evergreen Team for more than nine years.
As a former personnel manager and the director of several large divisions within a Texas state agency, Ms. Ressel also understands state and federal laws related to managing human resources. She strongly believes in the need for clear and accessible internal policies and procedures to guide management and staff through the process. She has developed flexible staffing allocation formulas that take into account the needs of small and large school districts and other state and local governmental entities and has first-hand experience working with contracts and contract employees.
From 1993 to 2003, Ms. Ressel served as the Director of the Texas School Performance Review (TSPR). As one of her first acts in that position, Ms. Ressel envisioned and implemented several unique components to the reviews, including documented audit protocols and follow-up progress visits. While the notion of operational reviews was not new at that time, there were no documented processes or standards for conducting such reviews. The TSPR audit protocols for school districts and higher education institutions, which she authored and disseminated nationally after winning the 1999 Innovations in American Government Award, are now continually under reviewed and improved to ensure consistency of approach relevancy when conducting a school review.
In addition to directing audits/reviews, Ms. Ressel has personally gathered data for the audits in each of the functional areas, administered surveys, conducted interviews as well as small and large group facilitated sessions as part of the review process, formulated fully supported recommendations and commendations, and has written and edited entire reports.
Ms. Ressel is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive knowledge of school funding, financial management and school district investments. At the request of the Texas Legislature, she collaborated with a task force to write an investment and cash management guide, Banks to Bonds: A Practical Path to Sound School District Investing.
Mr. Tom Maureau honorably retired as a Division Commander from the Tallahassee Police Department after 26 years of service. His experience with the force was wide ranging and included management of primary public safety technology projects and applications, management of the E911, Police and Fire Communications Center, Records Management Section, Property and Evidence Unit, Police Information Management Services, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, State Attorney Liaison Unit, and Criminal Investigations and Patrol. He also served as the Project Manager of public safety information technology projects and as the Public Safety liaison to numerous internal and external IT entities.
Mr. Maureau earned his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He is a Certified Public Manager, and has experience as a Florida Registered Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. In addition to other professional certifications, he has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Florida State University.
Mr. Maureau is an experienced consultant who currently works for Windbourne Consulting, LLC. He works with national public service organizations and entities that support them, including the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Managers (LEIM) and various national and regional public safety Information Technology conferences. His professional profile includes the following experiences:
- Executive management responsibility for over $20 million in public safety Information Technology projects
- Extensive experience with the design, procurement, configuration, and implementation of numerous public safety IT applications and projects
- Development of strategic and master technology plans, budget reports, cost analysis assessments, return on investment reports, staff assignments, and recurring maintenance of technology projects
- Creation of policies, standard operating procedures, business processes, and CALEA accreditation standards