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. Jeffrey Ling is the President of Evergreen who has been with the firm since its inception in 2004. He 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. Public sector 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 1000 clients from around the world working in the capacity of Project Principal and project 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 Studies, Business Case Analysis, Staffing Studies, Market Research, Policy Development, Performance Evaluation, Gender/Race Audits, Change Management Studies, Employee Trainings, Satisfaction Surveys, and Technology Reviews.
Dr. Ling holds a Doctorate’s Degree from Florida State University in Political Science . He 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.
Vice President of Marketing – Kelly Tucker
Ms. Kelly Tucker is the Vice-President 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.
Project Manager – Stasey Whichel
Ms. Stasey Whichel is a Project Manager with Evergreen with over 25 years of experience in government and education. Early in her career, she worked as a high school math teacher and served as a Secondary Faculty Director and Curriculum Coordinator. She also developed a strategic approach to increasing course offerings, realigned staff resources, and designed survey tools to evaluate current and future needs.
As a former member of agency leadership, she collaborated on HR policy reviews, conducted salary compensation studies, and developed recommendations for legislative budget issues. She also participated in the development of multi-faceted, long-term strategies designed to achieve agency and division goals, established metrics, and evaluated programmatic performance. She has expertise in the following areas: conducting organizational studies, evaluating risk, and reviewing operational procedures; providing guidance for change management; developing workflow and process design; identifying specific training needs; on-boarding new staff; conducting classification, compensation, and salary comparison studies; preparing employee surveys and valuations of employee satisfaction; working with leadership to develop or update agency policies, programs, and guidelines; developing job descriptions and performance management tools; fostering employee communications; and administering contracts, accounting and auditing principles.
Ms. Whichel possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The Florida State University.
Project Manager – Mark Holcombe
Mr. Mark Holcombe is a Project Manager 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.
Project Manager – Rob Williamson
Mr. Rob Williamson is a Project Manager with Evergreen. He brings more than 20 years of proven leadership experience serving both private and public sector clients. His diverse leadership includes time as a business owner, County Commissioner, CEO of a mid-sized water and wastewater treatment utility, Executive Director of a three-member regional water utility provider, and most recently, Manager of the Florida Association of Counties’ 23-county insurance trust.
During his career, Mr. Williamson has served on boards of directors for more than two dozen public, private, civic and charitable organizations. This includes time as Chairman of the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, RESTORE Council, Tourist Development Council, Florida/Alabama Transportation Planning Organization and as a member of the Florida Gulf Consortium, Florida Association of Counties Executive Board, Leadership Santa Rosa, and the Institute for County Government to name a few. He is a also a member of the Florida Rural Water Association.
Mr. Williamson helps organizations create new strategic pathways to solve complex problems. His areas of focus include policy development, strategic planning, change management, government services, transportation planning, master planning, tourism, RESTORE Act implementation and leadership development.
Mr. Williamson has certifications from the Cambridge Leadership Institute and the Kenan-Flagler Business School Leadership Institute and possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology 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 – Kelli Bracci
Ms. Kelli Bracci, CPM, is a Senior Consultant with Evergreen Solutions. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Georgia Southern University and a Juris Master from Florida State University’s College of Law with a concentration in Human Resources and Legal Risk Management. She is a Certified Public Manager (CPM).
Ms. Bracci began her career working in the classroom teaching before transitioning to the public sector in state government. After 11 years with the state, she transitioned to the private sector with Evergreen Solutions, LLC.
Mrs. Bracci is experienced in employee engagement, relationship management, process improvements, supervisory and leadership development, organizational change management, project coordination, and effective communication. She deeply believes that HR is integral in creating a positive culture in every organization.
Senior Consultant – Brittanian “Britt” Gamble
Ms. Brittanian “Britt” Gamble is a Senior Consultant with Evergreen. She is an experienced higher education professional with over 18 years of experience in administration, strategic planning, program evaluation, policy development, and organizational design. She started her career in the classroom and then served in leadership roles at state public, private, and Ivy League institutions.
Over the last ten years, she has utilized her knowledge of the education sector to develop, formulate, and implement strategies grounded in research to enhance student learning and promote academic excellence. Collaborate by nature, she has worked with both internal and external stakeholders at all levels to fully develop and understand the challenges and develop solutions that benefit the students and the institutional stakeholders.
As an expert in public policy and student engagement, Ms. Gamble excels at analyzing policy and programmatic challenges and works with institutions to optimize processes and produce frameworks that encourage and promote equity and access to students from diverse backgrounds. In addition to her love for student learning, Ms. Gamble is passionate about animal welfare and community development and strives to brainstorm creative ways to give back to the community.
Mrs. Gamble has an MBA in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife, Biology, Forestry, and Natural Resource Conservation from Tuskegee University.
Senior Consultant – Jennifer Boswell
Ms. Jennifer Boswell is a Senior Consultant with Evergreen Solutions. She has 15 years of experience in human resources and government and demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of human resource principles and practices. She possesses expertise in the areas of classification and compensation, organizational management, policy development, and strategic planning.
Ms. Boswell’s public sector experience includes serving as the Human Resources Administrator for the Florida Commission on Offender Review and the Chief of State Workforce Design and Compensation Programs for the State of Florida, Department of Management Services. She has been a member of the National Compensation Association of State Governments and currently belongs to the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Consultant – Paula Scott
Ms. Paula Scott, is a Consultant with Evergreen who has more than 18 years of experience in human resources and public administration. She has working knowledge of all facets of human resources in the state, local, and private sectors. She holds a certification in Compensation Analytics and is a former member of the Jacksonville Compensation and Benefits Organization and BBSHRM.
Ms. Scott possesses eight years of experience in Compensation Analytics that includes working closely with upper management to provide salary recommendations along with serving as liaison for various acquisitions acquired in the Food and Grocery industry. While working in the private sector, she spearheaded the implementation of an awards program which she designed to provide over a thousand sales merchandisers the opportunity to gain notable recognition. She was one of six employees on the compensation team to implement the FLSA updates for a company with more than 40,000 employees.
Ms. Scott has an MBA with a concentration in HR Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Consultant – Kristen Gilley
Ms. Kristen Gilley, CCM, is a Consultant with Evergreen who has more than 14 years’ experience in adult learning and K-12 education. She was a Language Arts teacher in Leon County Schools where she received a District rating of Highly Effective and was recognized as a High Impact Teacher by the Florida Department of Education. As a teacher, she supervised interns and practicum university students, developed, implemented, and sponsored multiple extra-curricular activities for students, including the National Junior Honor Society, school spelling bee, and orientation camp for incoming students, and was a business manager for athletic teams.
Ms. Gilley was a Program Specialist for the Florida Department of Education where she oversaw educator retention and development programs, including revisions, marketing, and rule developments for the following: Clinical Education Program Developer Academy, Professional Education Competency Program, and the Title II, Part A: State-Level Equitable Services Program for Non-Profit Private Schools. As a Program Specialist, she managed approximately $9 million in professional development and recruitment grants and contracts for the Bureau, participated in Professional Development Protocol site visits in order to assist school districts in developing strategic plans for professional learning, and was a member of the Florida Teacher of the Year internal evaluation committee. She was also a volunteer mentor for a middle school in Leon County Schools for two years.
Ms. Gilley has a Master’s of Science in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from the University of West Florida. In her Master’s program, she specialized in leadership in public service and non-profit administration. She received her teaching credentials from the Educator Preparation Institute, Gulf Coast State College, Florida in 2011. She is a Florida Certified Contract Manager (CCM).
Consultant – Connor Holcombe
Mr. Connor Holcombe is a Consultant at Evergreen Solutions. He has spent extensive time studying econometric modeling, public-sector economics, and both micro and macro-economic labor markets. His analytical experience stems from studying econometrics while utilizing statistical analysis software such as SAS, Stata, and Excel to turn raw data into useful, accessible information. He has been using his economics background both in running a business and in his work with Evergreen since his graduation.
Mr. Holcombe’s 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 Master’s Degree in Applied Economics, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Business, both 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