Alliance Resource Consulting
Sherrill Uyeda has over twenty years of public sector executive search experience. She began her career in executive search in 1998 and from 1999 to 2004, Ms. Uyeda was an executive search consultant with MAXIMUS, a leading government consulting firm which assists state, federal and local governments. In 2004, along with Eric J. Middleton, she founded Alliance Resource Consulting LLC.
Since 2007, Ms. Uyeda has been instrumental in expanding the organization’s presence to include regional offices in Palo Alto (CA), Tampa (FL) and Seattle (WA). She fosters an environment of frequent communication to both clients and candidates and transparent and ethical recruitments on a timely basis. Her leadership and collaborative skills have led to an impressive hiring and retention rate.
Ms. Uyeda’s track record of recruiting high-profile government executives across the nation in various industries include: city and county management, transportation, utilities, human resources, library services, building and planning, economic development and pension and retirement systems. Past clients for nationwide recruitments have included the City/County of San Francisco (CA), the County of Los Angeles (CA), Arlington County (VA), Broward County (FL), the City of Atlanta (GA), the City of Alexandria (VA), the City of Boston (MA), the City of Dallas (TX), and the City of San José (CA). Past retirement systems, she has recruited for are: Contra Costa County Employees Retirement Association, Fresno County Employees Retirement Association, Kern County Employees Retirement Association, Marin County Employees Retirement Association, Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement System, and Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association.
Additional areas of expertise include: facilitating community forums and outreach meetings, conducting multi-lingual citizen surveys and compensation and benefits negotiations.
Ms. Uyeda graduated from the University of Southern California, with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.
Cindy Krebs joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2012 after serving more than 25 years as a high level manager and principal consultant for local governments, regional agencies and special districts. The experience she gained while working in the public sector gives Ms. Krebs a unique understanding of the complexities associated with public service careers as well as a strong appreciation for people who choose to dedicate themselves to improving the communities they serve. Ms. Krebs is highly adept at working with executive management teams, Board members, and community/special interest groups.
In the eight years since joining Alliance, Ms. Krebs has directed several high profile recruitments, placing 20 retirement agency executives, 46 water agency leaders, and more than 75 city/county employees spanning virtually every department and discipline. She has also helped to place individuals in unique positions at several agencies and assisted with over 100 other searches, cultivating countless professional relationships along the way.
Ms. Krebs graduated from Baker University with Bachelor of Art degrees in both Communications and Spanish. She is also a graduate of CORO’s Orange County Leadership program. Ms. Krebs is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French and Italian. She is a dedicated community volunteer who loves outdoor activities.
President – McDonald, Miller & Coleman LLC
David L. McDonald has over 36 years of continuous experience in the Maritime Industry. Mr. McDonald served as the Executive Director for Port Manatee, Florida for over 20 years. During his tenure, Mr. McDonald administered a $250 million dollar port expansion project while limiting local investment to approximately $20 million. Completion of the project resulted in a 50% increase in cargo moving capacity. Through January 2012, Mr. McDonald directed the ongoing $750 million “North Port” expansion at Port Manatee. Mr. McDonald administered the most successful seagrass transplant and mitigation effort in Florida’s history and implemented a 3,500 acre inland port “Encouragement Zone” (EZ) to encourage public/private partnerships.
Mr. McDonald has worked with the State of Florida’s state legislature and Congress on Maritime matters of state and national significance and has served an elected seven member Port Authority. Mr. McDonald served the Florida Ports Council (FPC) as chair for ten consecutive years, three terms on the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Board of Directors, chairman for Florida Ocean Alliance, and chairman for Florida Ports Environmental Committee.
Mr. McDonald has a Professional Port Manager certificate from American Association of Port Authorities, a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University.
Syldy Tom joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2008. She works on profile analysis, candidate recruitment and screening, and background checks. Her consulting work specializes in city manager recruitments, as well as information technology, community development, and utilities. Past clients in California have included the Cities of Cypress, Gardena, El Segundo, Mission Viejo, Pasadena, Redlands, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, and Stockton.
Previously, Ms. Tom worked for STAR Marquez, a nonprofit educational organization which provides enrichment programs to kindergarten aged children in public schools. During her time at STAR, Ms. Tom managed multiple enrichment programs. Ms. Tom also was the Citibank Summer Research Intern for United Way of Greater Los Angeles. She was responsible for researching the unbanked and underbanked population in Los Angeles for Citibank.
Ms. Tom has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of California at Los Angeles. At USC, she was the Marketing and Fundraising Co-Chair for the Graduate Policy and Administration Community (GPAC). In addition, Ms. Tom is a member of the UCLA Prytanean Alumnae Association, serving as the Benefit Chair, the Scholarship Chair, and is presently the Second Vice President of Membership for Prytanean. Ms. Tom’s volunteer interests include fundraising and marketing.
Richard Kaplan joined the Alliance Resource Consulting team in 2005 as a researcher and analyst. Throughout his tenure with Alliance, Mr. Kaplan has worked on a multitude of recruitments from all areas of the public sector. Mr. Kaplan has an exceptional track record of thoroughness and professionalism in candidate sourcing, background research and in general recruiting.
Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor degree in History.
Prior to joining Alliance as a research consultant in 2017, Sheryl Musicant Stewart served as the Community Relations Manager for the City of Lakewood, CA for 21 years. In that role, she worked to engage with residents, as well as business leaders, elected officials, public safety officers and other stakeholders on a variety of city priorities. Working closely with the mayor and city council members, Sheryl helped to plan and present numerous annual special events, as well as public information campaigns and community building activities to strengthen the relationship between the citizens and city hall and to create a solid network of stakeholders and community activists.
A native of California, Ms. Stewart received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in Political Science at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She joined the Lakewood city staff after two years as a Field Representative for the late California State Senator Cecil Green.
Ms. Stewart is active in her community, supporting many local and national charities. She has co-chaired fundraising events on behalf of the Long Beach Cancer League/American Cancer Society, Long Beach Ronald McDonald House and Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Ms. Stewart’s husband is a city manager in Los Angeles County, CA and they have two adult children.
Special Projects and Graphics Manager
Linda Kann joined Alliance Resource Consulting in 2008. Ms. Kann is responsible for profile, advertising and marketing graphics, preparation of proposals, marketing presentations, client reports and candidate sourcing and scheduling. In addition to her client responsibilities, Ms. Kann assists with contract management, budgeting and client billing. She provides excellent customer service to our clients and candidates. Along with her special project responsibilities, Ms. Kann also handles the technology aspects of the office, including candidate help desk issues, as well as managing the resolution of any interoffice IT concerns. Prior to joining Alliance Resource Consulting, Ms. Kann worked in the fields of sales and marketing.
Ms. Kann is a graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ms. Kann is also bilingual and speaks Khmer.
Eric Middleton was one of the Founding Partners at Alliance Resource Consulting. Mr. Middleton will always be remembered for his belief in the use of best practices, innovative technology and commitment of excellence to his clients and candidates. Alliance Resource Consulting will continue to honor our Founding Partner by upholding these values and continuing his legacy.