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2015 conference logo12th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference


Thank you for attending this year's conference at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veteran's Memorial on Oct. 20-21, 2015!


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This agenda is tentative and subject to change.


Tuesday, Oct. 20


8:15 a.m.



Director Mark Schouten - Iowa HSEMD


8:45 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Resiliency: A Watershed Approach

  Jessica Turba, HSEMD
  Larry Weber, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering



  Iowa Department of Education: School
  Emergency Operations Planning Initiative

  Jane Colacecchi, JHC Associates

  Gary Schwartz, Iowa Dept. of Education



  Report from Iowa's Active Shooter
  Working Group

  John Halbrook, HSEMD



  Measuring Cybersecurity: The NIST Framework

  Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Consulting


10 a.m.




10:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Public Assistance Redesign

  Pat Hall, HSEMD



  Think You're Not a REP County? Think Again!

  Jake Nicholson, Kathy Stodola & Steve Warren, HSEMD



  Local Emergency Management Commissions:
  Legal Responsibilities and Funding Considerations

  John Benson, HSEMD

  Mike Goldberg, Linn County EMA



  Role of WARN's Water Agency Response

  John Lins, Des Moines Water Works


11:45 a.m.


Working Lunch


  Understanding Cybersecurity

  Paul Rosenzweig, Red Branch Consulting


1:15 p.m.


General Session


  U.S. Fighters, Supporters, & Terrorists Supporting
  ISIS/Islamic State

  Dean Alexander, Western Illinois University


2:30 p.m.




3 p.m.


General Session


  Readiness Revamped! Changing How We Empower
  Communities Around Readiness & Resilience

  Ana-Marie Jones, Collaborating Agencies Responding
    to Disasters



Wednesday, Oct. 21


8:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Role of First Responders When Animals are
  Encountered in Emergencies & Disasters

  Dr. Janet Olson, Basic Animal Rescue Training


  Crude Oil by Rail

  Derek Lampkin, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

  Ben Salo, Union Pacific Railroad



  Unmanned Air Systems in Disaster Operations

  Ted Ralston, Independent Aerospace Consultant



  Alert Iowa Update

  Lindsey Mosher, HSEMD

  Scott Dettling, Inspiron Logistics


9:45 a.m.




10:15 a.m.


General Session


  Using Superstorm Sandy to Clean Up Oklahoma

  Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.


11:30 a.m.


Working Lunch


  Mounting a Successful Response: Canadian
  Pacific's Sherrill, Iowa, Derailment, Response &

  Ed Dankbar, Canadian Pacific Railway


1 p.m.


General Session


  Iowa HPAI in Review (Panel)

  Adam Broughton, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources

  Mike Cheney, Cedar Rapids Fire Dept.

  Robin Pruisner, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture


2:15 p.m.




2:30 p.m.


General Session


  Michigan Interstate Pile-up

  Mark Barnes, Oshtemo Township Fire Dept.

  James Campbell & Jose Patino, Michigan State Police





Eric Sorchik, former New Jersey state trooper, talks about Hurricane Sandy at the 2013 conference.Every year, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency management strives to find knowledgeable speakers to provide conference attendees with interesting and relevant information from a variety of homeland security, emergency management and response fields.


As in past years, this year's conference presenters come from all over Iowa and the United States.


12th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference Presenters


Dean Alexander

Western Illinois University

Dean C. Alexander is the director of the Homeland Security Research Program and a homeland security professor at the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University. Professor Alexander’s teaching, research, and speaking activities encompass terrorism, security, and legal issues. He has lectured in 10 countries, including to law enforcement and military officials at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), U.S. State Department, fusion centers, as well as state and municipal police events. His professional experience includes executive, business development, and legal positions in the United States and abroad, including Chile, Israel, and the United Kingdom.


Since publishing on terrorism in 1991, Professor Alexander has written several books on the subject, most recently co-authoring the book, The Islamic State: Combating the Caliphate Without Borders. He is on the advisory board of Security Magazine and founding advisory council member of the Marsh Center for Risk Insights, research fellow at the Chesapeake Innovation Center (the first homeland security-focused business incubator), and served on the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Executive Board for the Central District of Illinois. He has earned law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.) and American University (J.D.). He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


Albert Ashwood

Oklahoma Dept. of Emergency Management

Albert Ashwood was appointed director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) in August 1997.  He joined the State in 1988, and served the department in various positions including deputy director from 1995 to 1997.


During his tenure with OEM, Mr. Ashwood has overseen the distribution and administration of more than $1 billion in federal and state aid following dozens of presidentially-declared disasters, including the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.  Approximately 25 minutes after the explosion, he was first on the scene for the department and led its forward operations for the first three days of the incident before turning his attention to the administration of recovery efforts.


Because of his experience with the Oklahoma City bombing and at the request of New York Governor George Pataki, Mr. Ashwood spent two weeks at ground zero helping establish debris-removal operations related to the 9/11 terrorist attack.  He was also selected by then Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to serve as a member of the National Response Plan/National Incident Management System State and Local Working Group. 


Mr. Ashwood completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security during its initial offering, and served on FEMA’s National Advisory Council. He has also served as president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) and received NEMA’s Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he received a commendation from President Bill Clinton for his work after the Oklahoma City bombing, became the first recipient of the Governor’s Humanitarian Award for efforts following a tornado outbreak in May 1999, and has received numerous citations for developing the Oklahomans Can Survive Safe Room Rebate Program. 


Mark Barnes

Oshtemo Township (Michigan) Fire Dept.

Chief Mark Barnes, CFO, has completed his seventh year as the fire chief for Oshtemo Township in Kalamazoo County. His 40-year professional career has given him the opportunity to serve as a fire chief in Wisconsin and North Carolina, finally returning to his home state of Michigan in 2008.


Among other professional positions, he currently serves as the president of the Kalamazoo County Fire Chiefs Association, president of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 3503, vice-chair of his county’s hazardous materials team, vice-chair of Michigan's Fifth District Homeland Security Planning Board, and as fire service representative on a county-wide consolidated dispatch authority board.


As a civilian, Chief Barnes is highly active in his local Rotary Club, acting as youth exchange officer, and as club secretary for six years. His deep commitment to community service through Rotary has given him the opportunity to spend a month in both Finland and Greece meeting with, and learning from, his fire and rescue service colleagues.


Chief Barnes is a third-generation firefighter, and his youngest son is a fourth-generation firefighter near Columbus, Ohio. Chief Barnes has been married for 40 years to his wife, Maria. Together, they have three grown children and four grandchildren.


John Benson

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

John Benson began working for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 1992. At that time he worked with the Public Assistance Program in the Response and Recovery Bureau. In 1994 he moved on to become the off-site response planner for the Quad Cities nuclear power station. This work not only involved planning but also included conducting training for first responders who supported the plant.


In 1998, Mr. Benson became the 911 program manager for the state. The installation of wireless 911 services across the state was the primary project during his time as the program manager.


In 2007 he became the legislative liaison for the then Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. This position not only involves working with state and federal elected representatives, but also includes drafting associated bills, administrative rules and performance reporting. He also works on special projects that include interoperable communications and functioning as the alternate state coordinating officer for recent Presidential disaster declarations.


Mr. Benson is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Adam Broughton

Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources

Adam Broughton is the Field Services Emergency Response planner and coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. He is responsible for the department’s continuity of operations/continuity of government plan including developing and maintaining environmental field office emergency action plans (EAPs). He also coordinates homeland security planning activities for the department and serves on several emergency and disaster planning and response groups/committees. Mr. Broughton is the department’s Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) program manager and serves as the Field Services and Compliance Bureau’s coordinator for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


James Campbell

Michigan State Police

Sergeant James Campbell has spent 27 years with the Michigan State Police, 18 of those years as district crash reconstructionist. He covers nine counties in southwest Michigan and on average works 45 fatal investigations each year. In addition, Sgt. Campbell has been an expert witness involved in more than 50 criminal cases in 14 different courts. He also serves as an instructor in crash reconstruction, child passenger safety and radar/LIDAR.

Sgt. Campbell is a Michigan State University graduate, and is certified by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Crash Reconstruction (ACTAR). He has been married for 23 years and has three daughters.


Mike Cheney

Cedar Rapids Fire Dept.

Captain Mike Cheney is the coordinator for the Hazmat and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) teams for the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. He is the president of the Iowa Hazardous Materials Task Force, and served as the biosecurity lead for the task force during the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in Iowa in spring and summer 2015. Capt. Cheney is also an instructor with Kirkwood Community College in firefighting, hazardous materials response, confined space rescue and Department of Transportation regulations.


In addition, Capt. Cheney assisted with the rewriting of Kansas State University's Animal Disease Response Training course, and will be delivering the course nationwide. The course has been approved for inclusion in FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate-National Training and Education Course Catalog.


Jane Colacecchi

JHC Associates

Jane Colacecchi has worked as a project manager in support of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) programs for 10 years. She has provided training, developed curriculim, and provided oversight for multiple DHS training courses. She has also provided consulting services and acted as a subject matter expert for DHS, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, and multiple states. She lead a team of experts that designed a series of national templates for response in the food and agriculture sector. She also facilitates sessions nationally in both emergency response and continuity of operations planning. In addition, Ms. Colacecchi served as policy advisor to Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, the chief deputy director and intermin director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, and executive liaison to the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.


Jane taught middle school in Long Beach, Calif., and Des Moines, Iowa. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Ed Dankbar

Canadian Pacific Railway

Ed Dankbar graduated from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., with a bachelor’s degree in fire science. He began working with Canadian Pacific (CP) as an overhead lift operator, loading and unloading highway trucks and intermodal trains at CP’s Shoreham intermodal terminal in northeast Minneapolis. He later transferred to the mechanical department at CP’s St. Paul, Minn., yard as an apprentice carmen, and worked his way up to relief foreman, and later to train servicing foreman. Mr. Dankbar joined CP’s hazmat team in 2013. In addition, he has been a volunteer firefighter in the Twin Cities for the past seven years.


Scott Dettling

Inspiron Logistics

Scott Dettling is Inspiron Logistics Corporation’s founder and president as well as the chief systems architect of the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS). He founded Inspiron Logistics in Washington, D.C., to provide telecommunications solutions to federal agencies and has more than two decades in IT business development and software design. Inspiron Logistics was tasked with establishing CRM mechanisms for department-wide telecom ordering needs, scalable inventory monitoring, and vendor billing reconciliation.


While contracting with the U.S. departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Dettling worked with high-level security divisions that were responsible for continuity of operations planning (COOP) requirements which mandated all employees and contractors be accounted for during a catastrophe similar to the attacks on 9/11. It is during this time that the applicable needs of the WENS platform came to fruition.


Mr. Dettling was responsible for overseeing conception, design, and business development of WENS, and presently continues to work directly with developers to position it as the next-generation notification solution for all forms of communication. Together, Mr. Dettling and the dedicated employees at Inspiron Logistics have established WENS as the market leader in emergency notification and look to provide superior service to the State of Iowa for years to come.


Michael E. Goldberg

Linn County Emergency Management

Michael E. Goldberg is currently the director of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master’s degree in public affairs, both from the University of Iowa. Mr. Goldberg began his career in public service in 1975 with the Iowa City Police Department and was appointed chief of police for the city of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, in 1989. In 1994, he was hired as the administrative services director/assistant to the Linn County Board of Supervisors.


During the flood of 2008, Mr. Goldberg served as the public information officer for emergency management and as disaster recovery coordinator for Linn County, working with a management team that re-established most county services in temporary facilities within 10 days post-flood including the sheriff’s office, courthouse, and administration buildings. Following the flood, he assumed new responsibilities as director of strategic and legislative services. He became the Linn County emergency management coordinator in February 2009.


Mr. Goldberg currently serves on the board of directors for both the Area Ambulance Service and the Safeguard Iowa Partnership. In his spare time, he enjoys playing trumpet with the Marion Big Band, summer concert and jazz bands, and golfing.


John Halbrook

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

John Halbrook is an exercise planner for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In this role, he works with communities and partner agencies helping them practice for disasters and emergencies. He also serves as an on-call duty officer for the department, coordinating state response when needed. Prior to coming to HSEMD, Mr. Halbrook worked in the emergency medical services field as a paramedic for both public and private ambulance services. He has provided primary patient care, served as a field training officer, and been a program manager within these systems. He spent 10 years as a firefighter with the city of Johnston and has been a volunteer for other non-governmental organizations providing search-and-rescue services across the state.


Mr. Halbrook's formal education includes a master’s degree from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree from Grandview University. In addition, he holds many professional certifications including completion of the Master Exercise Practitioner program conducted through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.


Ana-Marie Jones

Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD)

Ana-Marie Jones is the executive director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), a nonprofit in Alameda County, California. CARD was created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

Before joining CARD in April 2000, Ms. Jones worked for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services managing projects supporting nonprofits and access and functional/special needs issues. She was also the acting executive director of the Northern California Disaster Preparedness Network, and for nearly 10 years she worked for the American Association of Advertising Agencies in New York City.

Ms. Jones is founder and co-chair of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Roundtable, lead facilitator of the Executive Working Group for Whole Community Inclusion (a CDC-funded initiative), and a member of UC Berkeley’s CalPrepare Advisory Community. She has been a panel member, guest lecturer and keynote presenter for several entities. Ms. Jones engages multiple stakeholders in social media for emergency readiness, strategic use of technology in preparedness and response goals, and effective, fear-free preparedness messaging.

In 2005 she joined the faculty at UC Berkeley as a guest lecturer, and is one of seven people recognized in FEMA's 2013 Strategic Foresight Initiative. She was also given the Disaster Resistant Community Leadership Award by the City of San Leandro.


Derek Lampkin

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF)

Derek Lampkin is a hazardous materials field manager for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, based out of Minneapolis, Minn. Some of Mr. Lampkin's roles include managing hazardous material incidents involving rail transportation, emergency responder training, community outreach, and various other emergency preparedness responsibilities. Throughout the years, he has held positions as a private hazardous materials contractor, emergency responder, and environmental, health, and safety manager for various companies. Mr. Lampkin earned his bachelor’s degree in safety management with a minor in fire science from the University of Central Missouri.


John Lins

Des Moines Water Works

John Lins has been with the Des Moines Water Works for 23 years, responsible for incident management, general liability, cross connection control, and distribution water quality. He also supervises field operations support. Mr. Lins holds a Grade 4 Water Distribution License and is a University of Southern California Cross-Connection Control Specialist. He holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Drake University, as well as numerous designations from the Department of Homeland Security related to emergency management and the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System. In addition, he serves on the board of the Iowa Contingency Planners.


Lindsey Mosher

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Lindsey Mosher came to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she worked for seven years. She served as a master coordination center officer at the TSA’s main communication hub for Iowa, where she was responsible for emergency management and operations support as well as video production. Ms. Mosher also has experience as a network administrator for the TSA Alert Warning System and WebEOC.


When not working on her house and raising two girls with her husband, Ms. Mosher attends Waldorf College, pursuing a degree in homeland security/emergency management.


Jacob Nicholson

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Jacob Nicholson is the Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) program manager with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He has been with the department since December 2008 and is responsible for ensuring all state and local planning, training, and exercise activities associated with the four nuclear power plants affecting the state of Iowa are accomplished in accordance with state and federal regulations and guidance.

As REP program manager, Mr. Nicholson serves as a radiation safety officer for the State of Iowa Radiological Calibration and Maintenance Facility and oversees the repair, calibration, and maintenance activities performed by that facility. He also currently serves as an operations officer in the State Emergency Operations Center, as an on-call duty officer for the department, and leads the department’s emergency response resource management efforts.

Prior to joining HSEMD, Mr. Nicholson served as a research analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense for three years. He graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Russian.


Dr. Janet Olson

Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART)

Dr. Janet Olson founded the Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) organization in 2004 when she recognized a gap in preparing for and responding to pets encountered in emergencies and disasters. She is a veterinary cardiologist by trade. Dr. Olson graduated in 1996 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship in 1997 at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked for more than nine years in private practice, primarily at an internal medicine veterinary referral practice in the Twin Cities. In 2007 she returned to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine for a three-year cardiology residency program. She is now the owner of Veterinary Cardiology Specialists, a mobile veterinary cardiology consulting business offering her services to veterinary hospitals and their patients in Minnesota and Iowa.


Dr. Olson received the prestigious Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association's "Veterinary Service Award" in 2007 as well as the University of Wisconsin's "Forward under Forty" award in 2008 in recognition of her accomplishments developing and leading the Basic Animal Rescue Training organization. Dr. Olson's husband, Brian Olson, is a firefighter on the New Brighton Fire Department. They have two daughters and two dogs.

Jose Patino

Michigan State Police

Jose Patino has been a member of the Michigan State Police for 17 years, working in the Southwest Region. He has been doing full time interdiction for approximately 12 years focusing on the I-94 corridor that connects Detroit and Chicago, as well as one of the busiest Canadian ports to the United States. Mr. Patino assisted in creating the Hometown Security Team program for the Michigan State Police, which are criminal interdiction units positioned in every district throughout Michigan. As a member of the 5th District Team, they have been responsible for the seizure of more than $6 million in U.S. currency, $22 million worth of narcotics (street value), as well as numerous electronic hidden compartments. He currently is one the sergeants of the 5th District Hometown Security Team which includes eight troopers, two canine handlers, and two commercial motor vehicle officers.


In addition, Mr. Patino is an instructor for the Drug Interdiction Assistance Program, the El Paso Intelligence Center, and Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network. He also instructs at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Training Center in British Columbia as well as the Michigan State Police Academy.


Robin Pruisner

Iowa Dept. of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Robin Pruisner is the State entomologist and chief of the Entomology and Plant Science Bureau within the Plant Management and Technology Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. She was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge in March 2003. In 2012 she became the agency contact for agricultural homeland security.


Pruisner’s background ranges from a rigid background in environmental regulations to independent consultant work, as well as post-collegiate education and outreach to certified crop advisors via the Iowa State University Extension. Pruisner graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in entomology and pest management. Oddly enough, she finds corn rootworms intriguing and agricultural policy development downright fascinating. Raised on a family farm in Grundy County, she currently lives in McCallsburg with her husband and seven bee hives.


Ted Ralston

Independent Aerospace Consultant

Ted Ralston enjoyed a career spanning 42 years as an engineer and executive in the aerospace industry after graduating in aero engineering from University of Illinois. He began his career in jet propulsion at Pratt & Whitney, followed by a transition to the flight vehicle system side of the business at Douglas Aircraft, which eventually merged with Boeing.


Attached to the Advanced Systems and Phantom Works operations at Boeing, his work expanded from project management in subsonic airliners to new programs in supersonic transports and space access. After 9/11, his efforts were spent in intelligence and security systems.

In retirement, Mr. Ralston consults with several companies active in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) as well as with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) programs with the Federal Aviation Administration UAS test site in Hawaii, University of Hawaii, and National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. These efforts generally focus on HADR and community resilience. A great interest is the emerging capabilities of UAS at the vehicle, system, sensor, and sense-making software intersection, as these unmanned systems move into the mainstream of both infrastructure and disaster operations.


Mr. Ralston and his wife, Margee, reside on the island of Oahu in Waimanalo, Hawaii, where they both continue a lifelong attachment to Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing.

Paul Rosenzweig

Red Branch Consulting

Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company, and a senior advisor to the Chertoff Group. He formerly served as deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. He also serves as a professorial lecturer in law at George Washington University, a senior editor of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy, and as a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Mr. Rosenzweig is a member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and a contributing editor of the Lawfare blog. In 2011, he was a Carnegie fellow in national security journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where he now serves as an adjunct lecturer. In addition, Mr. Rosenzweig has authored and co-authored several books on cybersecurity.


Mr. Rosenzweig is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He has an M.S. in chemical oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego and a B.A. from Haverford College. Following graduation from law school he served as a law clerk to the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


Ben Salo

Union Pacific Railroad



Gary Schwartz

Iowa Dept. of Education

Gary Schwartz has worked in education for the past 41 years. He spent 11 years as a teacher in Charles City; two years as a graduate assistant and instructor at the University of Northern Iowa; 14 years as a principal in the Belmond-Klemme, Ventura, and Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock school districts; four years as superintendent in the Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock school district; and 10 years as an education consultant for school finance and facilities with the Iowa Department of Education.


Through the Iowa Department of Education, Mr. Schwartz collaborated with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management about the impact the 2008 and 2011 floods had on education. In 2012, he worked with various state agencies and school associations to create safety materials for Iowa schools, which led to the formation of the Iowa School Safety Alliance. As a member of the Iowa School Safety Alliance, the participating organizations' mission is to assist schools in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from all potential threats and incidents.


Mr. Schwartz has a bachelor's degree in industrial technology, a master's degree in education administration, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Northern Iowa; and a Certificate of Advance Studies in school superintendence from Iowa State University.


Kathy Stodola

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Kathy Stodola has been with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management since March 1993. She serves the department as an emergency planner, public information officer, and operations officer. She has significant duties in the planning, coordination, and implantation of off-site emergency response planning for the Iowa Nuclear Power Plant Program. Previously, Ms. Stodola served as a planning and training officer for the Iowa Department of Economic Development under a federally-funded employment and training program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in law enforcement and psychology from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.


Jessica Turba

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Jessica Turba joined the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2011 as part of the Hazard Mitigation Bureau. She served as a project officer, developing hazard mitigation project applications for local communities. In 2013, she began working with regional planning organizations and counties on the development of their hazard mitigation plans. In 2014, Ms. Turba was promoted to work in the Disaster Recovery Operation’s team as the State’s hazard mitigation and disaster recovery planner. Her duties include developing emergency management planning documents and participating in disaster recovery/resiliency initiatives.

Ms. Turba is a graduate of Drake University. She holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in public policy development. Before coming to HSEMD, she served as the coordinator for the Iowa Clean Cities Program, and lead planner for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and the Iowa Power Fund Community Development Program, for the Iowa Office of Energy Independence.


Steve Warren

Iowa Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Steve Warren started his emergency services career 17 years ago with the Johnston Fire Department. He has also worked for Midwest Ambulance, Story County Medical Center, the Altoona Fire Department, and the Polk City Fire Department.

In 2008 Mr. Warren began working for the Iowa Department of Public Health as the Region 1 education and exercise coordinator, working with hospitals, public health agencies, community health centers and the Meskwaki Tribal Health Clinic, providing training and exercise assistance.
In 2010 he transitioned to a position with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a training and exercise specialist working with emergency mangers in Districts 1, 4 and 6 and other State partners providing training and exercise assistance.

Mr. Warren's education and training include a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Northern Iowa, and an associate degree from Iowa Central Community College. Professional certifications include Firefighter I & II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I & II, Hazmat Operations, Trainer for IS 100/200/300/400 and WMD Awareness, field staff for the Fire Service Training Bureau, and EMS certifications including NREMT I-99 and State of Iowa EMT-Paramedic.

Larry Weber

IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa

Dr. Larry Weber is a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, and the Edwin B. Green chair in hydraulics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Weber's research focuses on creating integrated models coupling first-principles processes in hydrology, surface-water hydraulics, watershed–scale processes, water-quality, ecology, and biogeochemistry. He is a member of the Iowa Water Resources Coordinating Council and co-founder of the Iowa Flood Center and the Iowa Nutrient Research Center. Dr. Weber is also the faculty lead for the State of Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project and the lead investigator on the Iowa Watersheds Project. The Iowa Watersheds Project is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), to develop watershed mitigation projects directed toward flood damage reduction and water quality improvements. Dr. Weber currently plays a key role in the State of Iowa application to HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, which will help to expand the Iowa Watersheds Project across the state.