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2015 conference logoAnnual Iowa Homeland Security Conference

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


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Wednesday, Oct. 12


8:15 a.m.





  Director Mark Schouten, Iowa HSEMD

8:45 a.m.


General Session



  Women in Emergency Management (PANEL)

  Beth Freeman, FEMA Region VII
  Lorie Glover, Black Hawk County Emergency Mgmt.
  Ellen Gordon, Naval Postgraduate School
  Gina Hardin, Des Moines County Emergency Mgmt.
  Lori Morrissey, Story County Emergency
    Mgmt. (retired)

10 a.m.





10:30 a.m.


General Session



  Putting it Back Together

  Kevin Bernard, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center

11:45 a.m.







Working Lunch



  Implication for Designing a Post Cyber-Attack
  Power Restoration System

  Paul Stockton, Sonecon LLC

1:30 p.m.





1:45 p.m.


Breakout Sessions



  Railroad Preparedness & Emergency Response

  Derek Lampkin, BNSF Railroad



  2016 River Flooding in Iowa

  Mike Goldberg, Linn County Emergency Mgmt.
  Scott Hansen, Benton County Emergency Mgmt.
  Mitch Nordmeyer, Butler County Emergency Mgmt.
  Capt. Steve O'Konek, Cedar Rapids Police Dept.



  Cybersecurity Strategy (PANEL)

  Doug Jacobson, ISU Information Assurance Center
  Mark Schouten, Iowa HSEMD
  Kevin Winker, Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
  Lt. Col. Lawrence Yazzie, Iowa Air National Guard



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

  Cliffy Franzen, Buchanan County Emergency Mgmt.
  Gina Hardin, Des Moines County Emergency Mgmt.
  Keith Morgan, Story County Emergency Mgmt.
  Steve O'Neil, Cerro Gordo County Emergency Mgmt.

3 p.m.




3:30 p.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Iowa State Interoperable Communication System

  Sgt. Tom Lampe, Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
  Melvin Mercado, Motorola


  LEPC Performance & Measurement of Progress

  Timothy Gablehouse, Colorado Emergency
    Preparedness Partnership


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

  Brent Spear, Iowa Department of Public Health


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

  Peter Grandgeorge, MidAmerican Energy
  John Halbrook, Iowa HSEMD
  Rolly Scheels, ITC Holdings Corp.
  Joe White, Alliant Energy

4:45 p.m.


End of Day 1


5 p.m.


Safeguard Iowa Partnership Annual Meeting


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Thursday, Oct. 13


8:30 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Multi-Partner Time-Critical Condition System

  Rebecca Curtis, Iowa Dept. of Public Health
  Ken Sharp, Iowa Dept. of Public Health


  Railroad Preparedness & Emergency Response

  Derek Lampkin, BNSF Railroad


  The Presidential Disaster Declaration Process

  Aimee Bartlett, Iowa HSEMD
  Pat Hall, Iowa HSEMD


  Communication Assets & Mapping: Next
  Generation Tool for Iowa

  Helen Troyanovich, Iowa Communications Network

9:45 a.m.




  Vendors and refreshments in the main concourse

10:15 a.m.


Breakout Sessions


  Damage Assessments & the Joint PDA Process

  Aimee Barritt, Buena Vista County Emergency Mgmt.
  Aimee Bartlett, Iowa HSEMD
  Pat Hall, Iowa HSEMD (Moderator)
  Alan Miller, Dallas County Road Dept.
  Doug Reed, Pottawattamie County Emergency Mgmt.


  County Cybersecurity Services

  Jeff Franklin, Office of the Chief Information Officer


  Alert Iowa 2.0

  Samantha Brear, Iowa HSEMD


  Emerging Infectious Disease Education

  Dr. Ann Garvey, Iowa Dept. of Public Health

11:30 a.m.





11:45 a.m.


Working Lunch


  Civil Unrest and Emergency Management

  Mark Diedrich, St. Louis County Police Dept.

1 p.m.





1:15 p.m.


General Session


  The End of Civil Defense: Kentucky
  Emergency Management and the Lessons
  Learned from the Ice Storm of 2009

  Harry James, Kentucky Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.
  Buddy Rogers, Kentucky Dept. of Emergency Mgmt.

2:30 p.m.





3 p.m.


General Session


  San Bernardino Mass Shooting

  Eric McBride, San Bernardino Police Dept.

4:15 p.m.


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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 Barritt

Buena Vista County Emergency Management

Aimee Barritt has worked as a local emergency management coordinator for 17 years, and currently serves as Buena Vista County Emergency Management Agency coordinator. As coordinator, some of her duties include the creation and maintenance of several plans for the county, coordination of training for first responders and the public, exercise planning and execution, grant administration, and ensuring that Buena Vista County is compliant with state and federal mandates. She is the chair of a seven-county regional LEPC, and serves on the Iowa Homeland Security Advisory Committee and the All-Regions Homeland Security Board. In addition, Ms. Barritt is a member of an agricultural exercise design team with the U.S.Department of Agriculture. She has successfully worked through eight Presidential Disaster Declarations and a multitude of undeclared disasters in her career, including the highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in 2015. Ms. Barritt has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Drake University, and is an Iowa Certified Emergency Manager. 


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.


Ms. Bartlett has also been a lead in the implementation of new software for Recovery Division grant programs. 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 coordinated damage assessments for local entities to determine eligibility for federal disaster declarations, monitored the implementation and development of the EMGrantsPro management site for recovery grants, and oversaw the budgetary and accounting functions for the Recovery Division.


Ms. Bartlett transitioned to the position of State Hazard Mitigation Officer in July 2016. She has oversight of all Hazard Mitigation Assistance program grants, including 15 open hazard mitigation disaster grants. She continues to assist with the development of standard operating procedures and provides 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).  


Samantha Brear

Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Samantha Brear is the Alert Iowa program manager and E-911 program planner for the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She has been with the department for a year.


Before coming to HSEMD, Ms. Brear worked for Polk County Emergency Management for four years as an E-911 coordinator and emergency management program specialist. Prior to that, she was in California working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and completing her master’s degree in emergency management.


Rebecca Curtiss

Iowa Department of Public Health

Rebecca Curtiss served as the bureau chief for the Center for Disaster Operations and Response (CDOR) at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) from 2006-2014, and was named the interim bureau chief for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in September 2013. Prior to joining IDPH, she worked as a local public health administrator, an adult and pediatric critical care nurse, a ground and air transport nurse, and trauma/emergency room nurse.


In 2014 the CDOR and Bureau of EMS were formally merged into a single bureau, the Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services (BETS), and Ms. Curtiss was named as bureau chief. BETS is the lead entity responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of Iowa's EMS and trauma systems. Additionally, the bureau is responsible for the development and implementation of emergency plans and operating procedures for the department, while ensuring integration into Iowa's emergency response plans. BETS implements cooperative planning and participation with multiple agencies and emergency response partners throughout Iowa, including the private sector.

Mark Diedrich

St. Louis County Police Department,
Office of Emergency Management

Mark Diedrich has been with the St. Louis County (Missouri) Police Department since 1992. After six years in communications as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, he was promoted to the position of emergency management specialist and began working in the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in August 1998. In 2004 he was promoted to emergency management specialist II. Since 1998, Mr. Diedrich has been involved in several planned events such as the 1999 papal visit and presidential and vice-presidential debates in 2000, 2004, and 2008. He has also been part of many disaster-response and recovery operations involving floods, tornadoes, power outages, and snow and ice storms.

In September 2014, Mr. Diedrich was promoted to director of the St. Louis County Office of Emergency Management. Under his direction, the OEM assisted in the response planning to the civil unrest following the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson in August 2014, as well as the creation of the incident action plans following the release of the grand jury’s findings in that same case. In addition, he is the chairman of the St. Louis County Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC), a member of the Missouri Incident Support Team (IST), vice-chair of the St. Louis City/County Community Organization Active in Disasters (COAD), a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified instructor, and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

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 degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University. 


Dr. Ann Garvey

Iowa Department of Public Health

Dr. Ann Garvey is a veterinary epidemiologist practicing at the Iowa Department of Public Health, where she functions as both the deputy State epidemiologist and the State public health veterinarian. Her background includes a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Arts in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.


Prior to this position, Dr. Garvey spent five years with the Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division. She has also developed veterinary education on zoonotic diseases at the Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health, served as a veterinarian within the swine industry, completed an externship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and conducted research within both industry and academia.


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.

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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 knowledgeable 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 executive education programs for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at 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 is 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 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 led a multi-national cybersecurity enhancement initiative, developing strategic relationships and business continuity projects, with a goal of creating 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.  


John Halbrook

Iowa 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.

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.

Dr. Doug Jacobson

Iowa State University Information Assurance Center

Dr. Doug Jacobson is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University (ISU). He joined the faculty after receiving his doctorate in computer engineering from ISU in 1985.


Dr. Jacobson is the director of the ISU Information Assurance Center, which has been recognized by the National Security Agency as a charter Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance Education. He is also the director of the Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) project, funded through the National Science Foundation. Dr. Jacobson's current research is targeted at developing robust countermeasures for network-based security exploits and large-scale attack simulation environments.


Dr. Jacobson has given more than 150 presentations in the area of computer security and has testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about security issues associated with peer-to-peer networking. He has published numerous papers on computer security education and the use of hands-on laboratories to teach computer security, authored a textbook on network security, and co-authored a book on security literacy for a non-technical audience. In addition, Dr. Jacobson has created a computer security outreach program targeted at the general public, post-secondary students, and university faculty. He and his team have developed a cybersecurity literacy curriculum for grades K-12.


Harry James

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management

Harry L. James is a native of Henry County, Ky., who retired from the Army in 1996 after 20 years of service. At that time, he joined the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) as a planner for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. Since then, he has held a range of emergency management positions, to include his current position of branch manager for KDEM’s Planning Branch.


Sgt. Tom Lampe

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Sergeant Thomas Lampe is the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) bureau chief and chairman of the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications Systems Board (ISICSB). He has been a state trooper for 28 years, with 17 of those years as a supervisor.


Sgt. Lampe is the state point of contact for FirstNet and also serves on numerous committees relating to broadband. He works closely with the governor's office as they move forward with FirstNet in Iowa, and serves as the project director for the new 700 MHz P-25 phase 2 statewide radio platform, currently underway.


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, Kan. 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.

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Assistant Chief Eric McBride

San Bernardino Police Department

Assistant Chief Eric McBride began his career with the San Bernardino Police Department in 1991 after serving six and a half years in the United States Marine Corps. During his career with the San Bernardino Police Department, he has held assignments in a variety of areas including but not limited to SWAT, narcotics, gangs, and internal affairs.


Assistant Chief McBride holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with an emphasis on public administration from California Baptist University, a Master of Science in criminal justice from Troy University, and a certificate in emergency management from Auburn University. He is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Great Valley Leadership Institute Class IX, POST Command College Class #56, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and is currently attending the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Melvin Mercado


Melvin Mercado has more than 25 years of professional radio, voice, and data communications management, as well as planning, design, and implementation experience. As an engineer, he has worked for major telecommunications corporations such as AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Motorola Solutions where he has served as a hardware, software, and firmware development engineer as well as system engineer and architect. Such experience has provided him with the opportunity to develop new technologies, chip design, system architectures, and testing methodologies.

As a project manager, Mr. Mercado's engineering background is leveraged to plan and manage the deployment of complex communications platforms for state and local government entities. This involves managing the entire customer experience which includes education, overall team coordination, finances, milestone goals, project schedule, product group interactions, sales support, and the general coordination of field resources. Project responsibilities vary greatly in scope, technology, and value from high-risk projects such as wireless mesh broadband systems in the Chicago Metro area, to medium-risk regional systems in the Kansas City area, to complex state-wide communications system upgrades such as Minnesota’s ARMER platform and Nebraska’s statewide radio system.

Mr. Mercado holds an associate degree in industrial electronics from Trina Padilla de Sanz in Puerto Rico, a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering technology from DeVry University, and a master's degree in computer science, telecommunications and information systems from DePaul University.

Alan Miller

Dallas County Road Department

Alan Miller became the Dallas County engineer in 2015. Prior to coming to Dallas County, he spent two years as the Fayette County engineer. He also served 13 years in Johnson County as the assistant county engineer from 1997 through 2010.


Upon leaving Johnson County in 2010, Mr. Miller spent time in the private sector as the director of engineering services for River Products Company Inc., as well as vice president/general manager of Shamrock Construction Company LLC. He served in both these positions until 2012, when he accepted a position at Shoemaker and Haaland Professional Engineers as a senior project manager.


Mr. Miller graduated from the University of Iowa in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Iowa.


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.

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. The O'Neils 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.


Doug Reed

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management

Doug Reed is the director of emergency management for Pottawattamie County, Iowa. He has served 13 years with the agency and a combined 22 years in emergency services, including emergency management, fire-rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), communications, and law enforcement. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.


From 2003-2012, Mr. Reed served as the county EMS coordinator and operations officer for Pottawattamie County Emergency Management. In 2012 he was appointed director. In this capacity, he has actively participated in and supervised the implementation of disaster response and recovery operations and programs for seven Presidential Disaster Declarations in Pottawattamie County, and has also assisted in disaster and emergency response in several other areas of the state.


As Pottawattamie County Emergency Management is the sponsoring agency of the Region IV Disaster Saw Team, Mr. Reed serves as the liaison to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. During saw team deployments and operations, he coordinates the team’s administrative, planning, and logistical operations, and also supervises the southern division of the team.


Mr. Reed remains an active volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), and emergency services instructor. In addition, he currently serves as a planning section chief for the Iowa All-Hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) and is the president of the Iowa Emergency Management Association.


Gary "Buddy" Rogers

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management

Gary "Buddy" Rogers began his career with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) in August 2005, and since that time has weathered 18 Presidential Disaster Declarations for the state of Kentucky, one Presidential Emergency Declaration for a 2009 ice storm, and Hurricane Katrina.

The use of a State Joint Information Center (JIC) was virtually nonexistent at KYEM when he started his employment, and Mr. Rogers has been instrumental in promoting its use and providing appropriate training to JIC partners. His current efforts include identifying and training other public information officers to serve on statewide PIO "strike teams," capable of supporting local governments and acting as liaisons to the State JIC.

Mr. Rogers manages KYEM’s website and social media efforts, and also oversees the division’s public outreach efforts. He is the chair for the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and serves on various other committees as well.

Mr. Rogers has an extensive background in sales and credit union management, and has been a licensed Realtor since 1983.

Rolly Scheels

ITC Holdings Corp.

Rolly Scheels is the emergency preparedness and response manager for ITC Holdings and its operating companies: ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest, and ITC Great Plains. He is responsible for emergency planning and business continuity in response to emergencies affecting ITC’s electric transmission systems, business facilities, and personnel, and is the primary ITC representative to the Great Lakes and Midwest Mutual Assistance Groups.


Mr. Scheels spent 11 years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and had 15 years commercial nuclear experience before moving on to 11 years of electric transmission system work. Following an unsuccessful four-year attempt at retirement, he subsequently returned to ITC Holdings in 2012.

Mark Schouten

Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Governor Terry E. Branstad appointed Mark Schouten in November 2011 to serve as administrator of the then Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. When the Division became a stand-alone department on July 1, 2013, he became the director of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Mr. Schouten previously served as the director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. He was appointed to that position by Gov. Branstad in January 2011.


Mr. Schouten served in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office for five years, where he worked as the head of its transportation division and as a member of the area prosecution division where he prosecuted Medicaid fraud. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he served as an assistant ethics counsel for the Iowa Supreme Court’s Iowa Board of Professional Ethics and as the Sioux County attorney and as a private practice attorney for 20 years. As a county attorney, he served as a member of the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council and as chairman of the County Attorneys Association’s technology committee. He taught trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C., and was a governor’s appointee to the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commission from 1996-2004.


Mr. Schouten received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Iowa State University and graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. Mark and his wife Carrie live in Norwalk.

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Ken Sharp

Iowa Department of Public Health

Ken Sharp began his employment as an environmental specialist with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in December 1993. As a member of a four-person flood recovery team, he and his colleagues were tasked with performing a survey and evaluation of 800 private water wells in Iowa. In January 1995, he joined the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program where he evaluated the environmental condition of homes occupied by lead-poisoned children and worked extensively to develop and instruct curriculum for the certification of lead professionals in the state.


In August 1999, Mr. Sharp accepted the environmental health consultant position at IDPH and, in 2003, was was assigned as manager of the Office of Technical Assistance within the Division of Environmental Health. The office provides a leadership role in educating local boards of health and environmental health specialists regarding their responsibilities for environmental health programs. Programs delivered through this office have included Environmental Health Capacity Building, Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHS-Net, dealing with food safety), Environmental Health Emergency Response, Comprehensive Assessment of Rural Health in Iowa, Grants to Counties Water Well Program, and others.


Mr. Sharp was appointed director of the Environmental Health Division in September 2007. His role was expanded in September 2013 to direct the Division of Acute Disease Prevention, Emergency Response and Environmental Health. This division oversees the health protection functions of IDPH and includes acute disease prevention and surveillance activities, emergency response, environmental and occupational health, immunization and tuberculosis, and radiological health.


Mr. Sharp earned his Bachelor of Arts in environmental science with a biology minor from Simpson College in May 1993. In November 2009, he received his Master of Public Administration from Drake University.


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 Communications Network

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.


Joe White

Alliant Energy

Joe White is the continuity of operations manager at Alliant Energy. He is responsible for the ability of Iowa Power and Light, as well as Wisconsin Power and Light, to restore power during emergencies, and events that affect facilities and employees. He is the primary contact for mutual assistance with the Midwest Mutual Assistance Group and the Wisconsin Mutual Assistance Group and is on the National Response Event Executive Committee.


Mr. White served in the military for both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. He has held various positions within Alliant Energy including operational experience in electric and gas distribution. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt.


Kevin Winker

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Kevin Winker is a 1988 graduate of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he obtained a degree in criminal justice administration. He attended the 13th Iowa Department of Public Safety Academy and upon graduation started his career with the department as a trooper in the Iowa State Patrol. Mr. Winker transferred to the Division of Narcotics Enforcement in 1990, and has held a number of positions within the investigative divisions of the department since then.


In 2005, Mr. Winker was promoted to the rank of Special Agent in Charge in the Division of Criminal Investigation. In 2008 he was promoted to assistant director where he supervised the Field Operations Bureau that included the Major Crime Unit, Missing Persons Unit, and Cyber Crime/ICAC Unit. In 2010, he transferred back to the Division of Narcotics Enforcement as their assistant director and in September 2013 was assigned to the Division of Intelligence and the State of Iowa Intelligence Fusion Center. Mr. Winker has oversight of both analytical and field operations within the division and is currently serving as the director of the Iowa's Fusion Center.


In 2008 Mr. Winker attended Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and in 2011 he attended the 244th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is the current president of the Iowa Death Investigators Association, and is also a member of the Iowa Narcotics Officers Association and FBI’s National Academy Associates.


Lt. Col. Lawrence Yazzie

Iowa Air National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence N. Yazzie is the commander of the Iowa Air National Guard 168th Cyber Operations Squadron, 132nd Operations Group, 132nd Wing in Des Moines, Iowa.

Colonel Yazzie graduated from Window Rock High School in Fort Defiance, Ariz., on the Navajo reservation, and then entered the United States Air Force Academy. As a recruited athlete, he played four years of Division I basketball and graduated from Cadet Squadron “Tiger” 10 in 2000. After graduation, he spent nearly eight years on active duty stationed at the United States Air Force Academy and Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, and was deployed twice to Kyrgyzstan and Kuwait, supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


Colonel Yazzie joined the Iowa National Guard in the summer of 2008 and was selected for command of the 132nd Communications Flight. While serving as a drill status guardsmen in the Iowa Air National Guard, he also worked for Proctor & Gamble at their Iowa City plant as a process engineer and at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as an information technology project manager. In 2015, he took command of the 168th Cyber Operations Squadron. Colonel Yazzie is an outstanding leader with 16 years of experience in information technology and manufacturing. He has two sons: Skyler and Sage.

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