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2015 conference logoAnnual Iowa Homeland Security Conference


The 13th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference will be Oct. 12-13, 2016, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Veteran's Memorial.




If you have any questions, please contact Cristie Duric or Beth Lewis at 515.725.3231 or


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This agenda is tentative and subject to change.


Wednesday, Oct. 12


8:15 a.m.



Director Mark Schouten, Iowa HSEMD

8:45 a.m.


General Session


  Women in Emergency Management (PANEL)

10 a.m.



10:30 a.m.


General Session


  Putting it Back Together



Working Lunch


  Implication for Designing a Post Cyber-Attack
  Power Restoration System

1:30 p.m.



1:45 p.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Railroad Preparedness & Emergency Response


  Public Health & Hospital Preparedness &
  the Critical Role of the Emergency Manager


  Integrating Volunteer Responders into the Local
  Emergency Response Plan (PANEL)


  County Cybersecurity Services

3 p.m.



3:30 p.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Iowa State Interoperable Communication System


  LEPC Performance & Measurement of Progress


  Cyber Response Lessons Learned from the Iowa
  Coordinated Electrical Exercise (PANEL)



4:45 p.m.


End of Day 1

5 p.m.


Safeguard Iowa Partnership Annual Meeting


Thursday, Oct. 13


8:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Communication Assets & Mapping: Next
  Generation Tool for Iowa


  Multi-Partner Time-Critical Condition System


  The Presidential Declaration Process


   Railroad Preparedness & Emergency Response

9:45 a.m.



10:15 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Interoperability Communications


  Emerging Infectious Disease Education


  Joint PDA Process


  Federal Observations on Cybersecurity

11:45 a.m.


Working Lunch


  Civil Unrest and Emergency Management

1 p.m.



1:15 p.m.


General Session


  Kentucky Ice Storm

2:30 p.m.



3 p.m.


General Session


  San Bernadino Mass Shooting

4:15 p.m.


End of Day 2




The following downtown hotels have a limited number of rooms set aside for conference attendees. Rooms are available at the rates listed for check in as early as Monday, Oct. 10, and checkout on or before Thursday, Oct. 13. Any rooms still available after the dates listed below will be released.


Holiday Inn & Suites logo

Holiday Inn Express & Suites ($101/night + taxes)
333 S.W. 11th Street, Des Moines
Group block name: IA Homeland Security Conference

Online reservation code: IHS
Must reserve room by: Sept. 10, 2016

Quality Inn & Suites logo

Quality Inn & Suites ($100/night + taxes)
929 Third St., Des Moines
Group block number: 2579623*

Group block name: IA Homeland Security Conference

Must reserve room by: Sept. 11, 2016

Please call the hotel directly to book your room.


The following hotel outside the downtown area also has a limited number of rooms set aside for conference attendees.


Ramada Tropics logo

Ramada Tropics ($65/night + taxes)
5000 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines

Group block name: Iowa Homeland Security Conference

Must reserve room by: Sept. 26, 2016

Please call the hotel directly to book your room.





Each 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.


13th Annual Iowa Homeland Security Conference Presenters


Aimee Bartlett

Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Aimee Bartlett joined the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2007 as a Public Assistance finance officer. Her tasks included approving financial requests for local government entities and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations for 19 federally-declared disasters, which totaled more than $1 billion in federal funds and $855 million in state funds.


Ms. Bartlett has also been a lead in the implementation of new software for the Public Assistance program. This software will provide federal, state, and local entities with a standard grant-management process for monitoring federal disaster projects, and will help streamline the programmatic and financial process.


In April 2014, Ms. Bartlett became chief of the Operations Bureau, one of three bureaus in HSEMD's Recovery Division. In this position, she coordinates damage assessments for local entities to determine eligibility for federal disaster declarations, monitors the implementation and development of the EMGrantsPro management site for recovery grants, and oversees the budgetary and accounting functions for the Recovery Division. Ms. Bartlett also continues to assist with the development of standard operating procedures, and provides damage assessment and grant management training to both HSEMD personnel and local representatives.

Kevin Bernard

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Kevin Bernard is the director of safety and emergency management at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill. He manages multi-tiered emergency services and safety compliance. Mr. Bernard has been in the fire/EMS profession since 1982, and in 2010, he initiated Morris Hospital's request to serve as a resource-level status from the Illinois Department of Public Health-Emergency Medical Services (IDPH-EMS).


Mr. Bernard has a master’s degree in organizational leadership with certifications or licensures in emergency planning and management, emergency medical services, fire service, hazardous materials management including weapons of mass destruction, and incident command. He also holds his paramedic and lead instructor license through IDPH. His work experience includes an understanding of, compliance with, and training in, standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  


Jeff Franklin

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Jeff Franklin is the deputy chief information officer (CIO) for state information technology infrastructure and the chief information security officer (CISO) for the State of Iowa. Mr. Franklin is responsible for oversight of the State’s security operations, governance, risk, and compliance functions. He has worked in the information technology field for more than 20 years, including leading statewide cyber security initiatives for the past seven years. Prior to becoming the CISO for the State of Iowa, Mr. Franklin worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the City of Des Moines, and private industry. He is currently the president of the Iowa chapter of InfraGard and serves on several technology committees.


Mr. Franklin graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a Master of Science degree in management information systems and graduate certificate in information assurance. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and an Iowa Certified Public Manager (ICPM) designation from Drake University. Mr. Franklin also holds Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manger (CISM), and GIAC Security Leadership certifications.



Clair "Cliffy" Franzen

Buchanan County Emergency Management

Clair "Cliffy" Franzen has worked in emergency services since 1985, when he became a volunteer firefighter in Winneshiek County. When the community established the area’s initial first responder service, he became a member of the county’s second training class. Volunteering in different services as his day job moved him around Iowa, his medical training continued until he reached the level of EMT-intermediate and earned endorsements in rescue, evaluator, and as an EMS instructor. He has served in various departments as both training officer and director. Mr. Franzen has also taught continuing education EMT courses in northeast Iowa.

During the past 20 years, Mr. Franzen has moved from response activities to planning and management. He currently volunteers with Buchanan County Emergency Management as a special projects officer. Specializing in communications, he is certified as a communications unit leader and technician and managed the county’s recent radio system upgrade. He also instructs Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and other FEMA program courses.

Mr. Franzen is married with two children. He works full time as a senior systems engineer with a large avionics company. His hobbies include being a gentleman farmer, photography, amateur radio, and fantasizing about winning the lottery.

Beth Freeman


Beth Freeman is the regional administrator for Region VII of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.  As the administrator, she provides executive direction over the planning and execution of all aspects of regional operations including: response and recovery operations; policy and budget implementation; disaster and non-disaster grant oversight; mitigation practices and preparedness coordination. Ms. Freeman joined FEMA in December 2009; she also held this position from July 2000 to January 2001.  Previously, Ms. Freeman worked for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin for 19 years as his regional director for eastern Iowa and statewide disaster services coordinator.  Ms. Freeman also served as the Executive Programs coordinator for the Pacific Asian Management Institute at the University of Hawaii.  She holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University. 


Timothy Gablehouse

Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership

Timothy Gablehouse is an attorney maintaining a practice that includes all major environmental regulatory programs with special emphasis on transactional work, cleanup of highly contaminated sites, chemical accident response, prevention and preparedness, and redevelopment of historically contaminated sites. He has extensive ties to chemical emergency planning, homeland security programs, and environmental protection including many terms as a member of Colorado's state emergency response commission (SERC), and serving on the board of directors of both the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials (NASTTPO) and the Denver Chapter of InfraGard.


Mr. Gablehouse is president of the nonprofit Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership Inc., and chairs the local emergency planning committee (LEPC) for Jefferson County Colorado. With the United Nations Environment Program's (UNEP) Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at the Local Level (APELL) program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and others, he works across the globe on the development of local emergency planning and preparedness efforts using the UNEP-APELL process. In addition, Mr. Gablehouse authored the latest edition of the APELL handbook. He holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Denver, and a B.A. in environmental biology from the University of Colorado.


Lorie Glover

Black Hawk County Emergency Management

Lorie Glover started her career in emergency management in 2010 in Black Hawk County. Previously, she was the disaster director and former disaster lead chapter with the American Red Cross in the state of Iowa from 1991-2001, with 23 years’ experience. She has experience in disaster response and emergency preparedness, and is also knowledgable in volunteer management, planning, and exercise. In 2013, Ms. Glover was appointed to the Iowa Flood Mitigation Board, and is currently the vice chair representative from District 6 on the All Regions Board.


Ellen Gordon

Naval Postgraduate School

Ellen Gordon has served as the associate director of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) since July 2004. In addition to her duties with the NPS she serves as a homeland security and emergency management subject matter expert and advisor, and has been a part of several advisory groups for the Department of Homeland Security. She a former president and a lifetime member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and was a member of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (Gilmore Commission).


In 1986, Ms. Gordon was appointed by Governor Branstad as the administrator of the now Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and in 2001 Governor Vilsack appointed her as the State’s Homeland Security Advisor. She served in both roles until she joined staff at NPS in July 2004. Working for the State, she was responsible for the development and management of homeland security and emergency management systems, to include all aspects of strategy, policy, programs, organizational development, personnel and budgeting.


Ms. Gordon is a recipient of the Curtis H. "Butch" Straub Award from NPS, the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, the U.S. Army Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, and the Iowa National Guard Distinguished Service Medal. From NEMA she received a Presidential Citation, and in 2014 was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame.


Ms. Gordon earned her bachelor's degree in law enforcement and corrections from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and holds a master's degree in security studies from NPS.

Peter Grandgeorge

MidAmerican Energy

Peter Grandgeorge manages security-related programs for MidAmerican Energy, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He has managed a multi-national cybersecurity enhancement initiative, strategic relationships and business continuity projects driving towards a more resilient organization and community.


Mr. Grandgeorge serves on numerous industry and community committees. He maintains Certified Business Continuity Professional, Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Certified Protection Professional certifications. Past experience includes coordinating the utility response to a dozen federal disaster declarations across Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota.  


Patrick Hall

Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Patrick Hall is the head of the Recovery Division for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He has served more than 15 years with HSEMD in emergency response, recovery, mitigation and homeland security.


From 1993 until 2007, Mr. Hall served as Iowa’s Public Assistance officer, during which time he oversaw the implementation of recovery programs following several federally-declared disasters.


During emergency operations, Mr. Hall serves as one of the primary state officials to coordinate disaster and damage assessment team activities with local, state and federal officials. He has also served as HSEMD’s chief of operations, disaster assessment team leader, and the State’s direct liaison to local governments in the initial stages of emergency response and implementation of the Incident Command System.


Mr. Hall is a member of the National Public Assistance Committee and the National Policy Review Committee for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recovery programs.


A veteran of Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Mr. Hall retired from the National Guard in 2001 after 34 years of service.

Gina Hardin

Des Moines County Emergency Management

Gina Hardin has served as the Des Moines County Emergency Management coordinator since August 1995. Prior to joining the emergency management team, she was the safety and regulatory coordinator for a major farm chemical distributor.


Ms. Hardin is a graduate of Southeastern Community College, and in August 2002 she earned the International Association of Emergency Manager’s certified emergency manager (CEM) credential. She has led the county through 12 federally-declared disasters including the flood of 2008 and flooding and severe storms in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Additionally, she has developed and continues to coordinate two very active voluntary organizations, the Des Moines County SKYWARN team which began in 2005 and the Des Moines County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), started in 2006.


Ms. Hardin currently serves as an officer on several local emergency preparedness committees, is a member of various other state and federal boards and organizations, and is active in several local service organizations including the Burlington Kiwanis Club, Burlington-West Burlington United Way, and the Community Volunteer Alliance.


Ms. Hardin has been married to her husband, Ron, for 27 years. They have two adult daughters, Renae and Maria, and one 3-year-old grandson. She is also an active volunteer in her hometown, spending 15 years as a Girl Scout troop leader, and serving as a member of several groups and as librarian for her church. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and scrapbooking.

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 Kansas City, Kansas. 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.


Keith Morgan

Story County Emergency Management

Keith Morgan assumed the duties of Story County emergency management coordinator in April 2011. He is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he gained extensive experience conducting risk mitigation and contingency planning, and providing command and control functions for large-scale operations. He has helped to coordinate emergency management issues across a diverse county that includes both rural and urban areas as well as a large university. Mr. Morgan has responded to a wide variety of events as Story County’s emergency management coordinator, and during his tenure the county has received two Presidential Disaster Declarations.

Lori Morrissey

Story County Emergency Management (retired)

Lori Morrissey began her 17-year career in emergency management in October 1993 as the emergency management coordinator for Story County. She retired from that position in December 2010. As coordinator she created proactive working relationships between industry, volunteers, schools, and government agencies. Story County received eight Presidential Disaster Declarations during her tenure.


Prior to her employment with Story County, Ms. Morrissey served six years as a 9-1-1 telecommunicator for Polk County and 10 years as a Story County deputy sheriff assigned to the Patrol Division. She is a former member and past president of the Iowa Emergency Management Association, and also served on the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) Board of Directors, the Iowa Emergency Response Commission, and the STAR 1 Search and Rescue team.


Ms. Morrissey currently lives in Slater and participates in Boy Scout training, water sports, photography, cooking, and traveling.

Deanna Neldeberg-Bachman

Marshall County Emergency Management (retired)

Deanna Neldeberg-Bachman began her 28-year career in emergency management in 1982 as the emergency management coordinator of Monona County. She served in that role until 1986 when she became the emergency management director for Marshall County. During her time in Marshall County, she started the county's local emergency planning committee (LEPC) and served as its chair, and also worked with the county's 9-1-1 system. In addition, Ms. Neldeberg-Bachman served five years on the board of directors for the Iowa State Association of Counties, 14 years on the Marshall County Board of Health (three as chair), and was treasurer of the Marshall County Emergency Medical Services Association. During her career, she worked on seven Presidential Disaster Declarations. In 2003, she received the Mark Trail Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), by supporting the agency's NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards program – providing free radios to Marshall County residents.


Ms. Neldeberg-Bachman is a former member of the Iowa Emergency Management Association and the National Emergency Management Association. She is from western Iowa and attended Morningside College in Sioux City.


Steve O'Neil

Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management

Steve O'Neil has been an emergency management coordinator for nearly 21 years, and has spent the last 16 in Cerro Gordo County. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 29 years. Steve and Susan live in Manly with their daughter Hannah. When he's not working, he enjoys reading - especially naval history and space program history - gardening, golf, and working with his church.



Brent Spear

Iowa Department of Public Health

Brent Spear currently serves as an executive officer in the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services (BETS) at the Iowa Department of Public Health. He has worked in the department's preparedness program since October 2007, where he manages implementation of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Hospital Preparedness programs. To that end, he leads the team within BETS that develops tools and provides technical assistance to Iowa’s healthcare coalitions. Mr. Spear has served in the United States Marine Corps, worked in local emergency management, and is a volunteer firefighter/paramedic.


Paul Stockton

Sonecon LLC

Paul Stockton is the managing director of Sonecon LLC, an economic and security advisory firm in Washington, D.C. Before joining Sonecon, he served as the assistant secretary of defense for the office of Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from May 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he was the secretary of defense’s principal civilian advisor on providing defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security during Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and other disasters. Dr. Stockton also served as the Department of Defense's (DOD) domestic crisis manager and was responsible for Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection policies and programs. In addition, he served as the executive director of the Council of Governors.


Prior to being confirmed as assistant secretary, Dr. Stockton served as a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and associate provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). He was twice awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DOD’s highest civilian award. DHS awarded Dr. Stockton its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Dr. Stockton holds a doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College. He is the lead author of "Curbing the Market for Cyber Weapons" (Yale Law & Policy Review, 2013) and numerous other studies on cybersecurity issues. Dr. Stockton is senior fellow of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and serves on the boards of Analytic Services Inc., Idaho National Laboratory, and the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Studies at The George Washington University.

Helen Troyanovich

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Helen Troyanovich brings extensive experience as a telecommunications technology trailblazer to her role as deputy statewide interoperability coordinator. Prior to her appointment by the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Systems Board, she served as cyber bureau chief at the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), as engineering manager, and in various engineering support roles, from 2000-present, ushering in new technologies.


Before she came to the ICN, Ms. Troyanovich served as a business applications consultant, brainstorming business solutions through new telecommunications technologies for banking, agriculture, insurance, manufacturing, and other industries as well as providing insight into private-sector critical infrastructure. As a telecom technician, her years of hands-on technical training permit practical perspectives to drive future vision. Ms. Troyanovich has volunteer experience as a firefighter, and with the Red Cross - with past certifications in firefighting, hazardous materials, radiological monitoring, and disaster assessment - giving her the benefit of a former first responder’s viewpoint.







As a vendor, you will have the opportunity to provide valuable information and materials, as well as engage in discussion with approximately 300 conference attendees. Our audience is comprised of local emergency managers; public health officials; local elected officials; police, fire and emergency responders; state agency personnel; public/private sector members; nonprofit disaster relief organizations; educators; and private citizens.


Registration for a single booth is $400. A double booth is $700. Additional charges may apply.





FREE Pre-Conference Workshop (Oct. 11, 2016) - REGISTRATION OPEN


Leadership & Decision Making



Hy-Vee Hall, Lower Level

Room 104

730 Third Street

Des Moines


8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016


This one-day workshop introduces the concept of using a decision-making process in incident command, emergency management, and business impact situations. The foundation for the process used has been adapted from concepts from within the Department of Defense-Special Operations Command and combines this process with present-day doctrines from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency and best business practices. These concepts are consistent with and are contemporary to the National Incident Management System, the National Response Framework and National Recovery Framework. Additional items that are explored include the basics of leadership, expectation, and intent; understanding and evaluating the needs in a rapidly changing environment; and tools such as a key decision-logging to document choices. All of these ideas culminate in a better understanding and usage of a formal decision-making process and having the tools to be better prepared as a lead.


There are no prerequisites for this course. The target audience is leaders at all levels in all response disciplines, non-governmental entities, and private-sector groups.



















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