Who We Are:

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to strengthen the capacity of the state to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters through public-private collaboration. Created in 2007 by the Iowa Business Council and representatives from key state agencies, the Partnership empowers businesses to integrate business resources, expertise, and plans with those of government during all stages of disaster management. The government cannot and should not be the only responders in a disaster situation, as the private sector has a wealth of knowledge and assets that may be needed during an emergency. 

Public-private partnerships help to establish relationships prior to incidents, when familiarity with each other's capabilities and response procedures are paramount. These partnerships enable the public and private sector to develop all-hazard plans to pool resources and information, coordinate response and recovery efforts and share training and exercise opportunities. 

Safeguard Iowa Partnership became an Iowa nonprofit corporation on July 25, 2008 and granted 501(c)(3) tax status from the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, Safeguard Iowa Partnership is registered with the Iowa Register of Accountability as a nonprofit committed to continuous improvement through the Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence.

                       

Organizational Structure:

Safeguard Iowa Partnership organizational structure includes Board of Directors, Initiative Teams and Chapters. The Partnership has two full-time employees; an Executive Director and Program Manager.  

2014 Board of Directors:

 


Kevin Smith
Regional Security Manager
Nationwide Insurance
2014 Chair

Kevin G. Smith is the Regional Security Manager for Nationwide Insurance with responsibility for physical security and emergency management for thirty-six locations encompassing seven states throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Nationwide, Kevin owned a security consulting and investigation business in South Carolina. His experience includes a broad spectrum of over 30 years in the security and safety industry including several Fortune 500 companies such as Ross Stores, Circle K, and Target. In addition, he is a Certified Protection Professional and is ‘Board Certified in Security Management’ through the American Society of Industrial Security.


Jim Saunders
Director, Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center

Iowa Department of Public Safety
2014 Vice Chair  
Originally from the northwest Iowa community of Okoboji, Director Saunders graduated from the Department of Public Safety’s 13th Basic Academy on July 2, 1987.  Throughout his career with Public Safety, Assistant Director Saunders has served Iowans in many different capacities: as a State Trooper in the Iowa State Patrol, a Special Agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation, state coordinator for the Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN), Bureau Chief of the DPS Public Information Bureau, and Assistant Director for DCI overseeing the Support Operations Bureau. 

In addition to his current duties Director Saunders, oversees the departments Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, represents Iowa law enforcement interests on the Executive Committee for the Mid States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a position he has held for 12 years.  MOCIC is comprised of nine Midwestern states and is one of six Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) operating in the United States.


Director Saunders holds a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from William Penn University, Certificate of Public Administration from Drake University, is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and on March 30, 2012 received a Masters of Arts Degree in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Jim has two grown children and resides with his wife in rural Polk County.


Jeff McClaran 
Vice President         Regional Incident Manager
         
Wells Fargo & Company
2014 Secretary/ Treasurer
Jeff McClaran is a Vice President and Regional Incident Manager with Wells Fargo Enterprise Incident Management and has been active in the Emergency Response field for over 22 years.  Jeff manages five Regional Emergency Managers covering the Central United States and the Gulf Coast responsible for managing incidents, developing site emergency management plans and emergency response procedures.  Mr. McClaran is also the owner of Overwatch Training and Consulting, LLC which provides security and emergency management consulting for individuals, businesses and schools along with CPR and safety training.

Mr. McClaran is an Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist, Certified Homeland Security Level IV, Underwater Search and Recovery Diver, Certified Business Continuity Planner and is rated as a Weapons of Mass Destruction First Responder.  Jeff is a Government Liaison Manager and Disaster Assessment Manager for the American Red Cross where he has worked in various state and county Emergency Operation Centers; he was also a volunteer firefighter for over 18 years. Jeff serves as current Past Chair on the Board of Directors for Safeguard Iowa Partnership, member of the Executive Committee for Des Moines COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), member of the Operations Management Committee for the American Red Cross Iowa Chapter and a member of the Intelligence Committee for the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board.

 

A.J. Mumm
Director
Polk County Emergency Management Agency
Past Chair

In September 2004, the Polk County Emergency Management Commission appointed A.J. Mumm to lead the countywide agency responsible for preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters. He originally began his service with the Polk County Emergency Management Agency in January 1999 as a disaster mitigation planner and went on to join the State of Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division in July 2001 where he was eventually promoted to the position of Chief Planner. Mumm received a bachelor's degree in biology and geography from Drake University and a master's degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University. A native of Westside, Iowa, A.J. and his wife Sabetha live in Ankeny with their two young children. 



Elliott Smith
Executive Director

Iowa Business Council


Elliott Smith became the third Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council on September 6, 2005. He assists significant CEOs and Presidents that constitute Council membership in identifying significant business policy and economic development issues, evaluating possible courses of action and focusing the personal commitment of these executives in active statewide leadership roles to enhance the economic vitality of Iowa. Elliott received a business degree from the University of Iowa and earned his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School. Elliott is a native of Iowa City. He and his wife, Kay, live in Des Moines with their son and daughter.



Denny Coon
Public Health Services Coordinator
Scott County Health Department

Denny has been with the Scott County Health Department since February 8, 1993 as the first EMS Coordinator at the department. In 1997, the job title was upgraded to Public Health Services Coordinator, with the addition of the Medical Examiner program (1993) and Correctional Health Services (1997). Public Health Preparedness was added in 2001 in the wake of the September 11, 2001 event. Injury and Violence Prevention and the department's Safety Management Committee are other programs in the current Public Health Safety Service area. Denny has been involved in local, regional and state planning activities for the last 10 years. He is currently the Chairman of the Region 6 Public Health Preparedness Steering Committee. He has been active with the Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association since 1988 and has served as a representative to the Southeast Iowa EMS Association since 1993.

Outside of employment, he has been a member of the Jones County Board of Health for the last 12 years. He is also the current chairman for both the Jones County E911 Service Board and Jones County Emergency Management Commission. He has been a member of the Oxford Junction Volunteer Fire Department for over 33 years, serving as fire chief the last 21 years. He also volunteered for the local ambulance service for over 20 years. He worked part-time as an EMT and then as Paramedic at Jackson County Public Hospital from 1985 until 1995. He also worked at MEDIC EMS in Davenport as a Paramedic from 1998 until 1992 before joining the health department.
 


Mike Goldberg
Coordinator
Linn County Emergency Management

Michael Goldberg is the Director of the Linn County Emergency Management Agency and is an Iowa Certified Emergency Management Coordinator. Mike is the administrator for the Agency and works with staff to carry out the policies and programs established by the 20 member Emergency Management Commission pursuant to Chapter 29C of the Code of Iowa.  He works closely with State and Federal agencies particularly Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and FEMA.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Iowa (’77, B.A., Economics and ’82, M.A., Public Administration). Mike served as a member of the Iowa City Police Department (1975 – 1989) and as Chief of Police for Mt. Pleasant, Iowa (1989-1994). In 1994, Mike was hired as Administrative Services Director/Assistant to the Board of Supervisors for Linn County.While working for the Board of Supervisors, Mike served as public information officer for Linn County and Emergency Management from 1994 and was lead PIO during the Flood of 2008. Following the flood, he coordinated disaster recovery efforts for county government services and assumed new responsibilities as Director of Strategic and Legislative Services. He joined the Linn County Emergency Management in February, 2009.



Dave Hempen
MidAmerican Energy Company

David Hempen is the manager of business continuity and security investigations for MidAmerican Energy Company. David has oversight for all business continuity, security investigations, and criminal intelligence programs and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements. His responsibilities include  conducting threat assessments; developing business continuity plans and exercises; providing information, training and guidance to management and employees; managing response, mitigation and recovery activities; and acting as a liaison with various government, emergency management, and federal, state and local law enforcement officials.

Prior to joining MidAmerican Energy, David was the Preparedness Bureau Chief for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and was responsible for planning, training and exercise activities in the state.  This included the state Emergency Response Plan, Iowa Recovery Plan, Iowa Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Capitol Complex plan as well as specialized plan such as the Continuity of Government Plan, Special Needs Planning and Agricultural Emergency Planning. 

David also served as a police officer for the City of Cedar Falls for over 21 years, and was canine officer for 12 of those years. David retired from the department as a Lieutenant in charge of training.

Jeff Blackmer
Operations Manager 

CenturyLink 

Jeff Blackmer is based in Ames, IA as an Operations manager with CenturyLink Communications with responsibility for switching facilities and field operations. Jeff has been in the telecommunications industry for 14 years as the company has transitioned from USWest, to Qwest, and now CenturyLink. He has been in Iowa since 2001 and has managed installation, repair, switching and construction operations throughout the state. This has resulted in extensive experience in preparation for, and recovery from, a wide range of natural disasters including floods, tornados, blizzards and ice storms.

Prior to joining the telecom industry, Jeff served for 11 years as a US Navy pilot. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny, IA, where he resides with his wife and two daughters.


Ken Sharp
Division Director
Iowa Department of Public Health



Jay Allpress
Information Security Officer
Hills Bank and Trust Company 
Jay has been actively involved in physical and information security for over 20 years.  Jay is primarily responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive Physical Security Program, Information Security Program and Business Continuity Program at Hills Bank and Trust Company.  Prior to joining Hills Bank in December, 2000, Jay served 10 years in the United States Air Force and Iowa Air National Guard.  Jay served in numerous locations including Misawa, Japan, Bellevue, Nebraska, Mountain Home, Idaho, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Jay’s service included stints with the Air Intelligence Agency, Air Force Intelligence Command and Air Combat Command.

Outside of Bank responsibilities, Jay is an active member of ASIS International, Safeguard Iowa Partnership and Iowa Contingency Planners.  Jay is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).  Jay received his Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force in Electronic Systems Technology. 


Shawn Belk
Training and Safety Officer 
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Shawn Belk is the Training & Safety Coordinator for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, IA and has been with the organization since 2007. Shawn’s primary job responsibility is employee and volunteer injury prevention and safety awareness for approximately 600 employees and 350 volunteers. This includes injury investigations and reporting injury trends to the MVRBC board of Directors and Executive Management. Shawn conducts safety audits for mobile drives as well as safety audits for all 22 blood center locations in the MVRBC service region, ranging as far north as Dubuque, IA and as far south as St. Louis, MO. Secondary job responsibilities include training development, implementation and tracking. Shawn helps departments by conducting needs analysis and developing necessary training for the employees and the volunteers at the blood center. Shawn also oversees annual competencies that must be done in a timely manner for FDA inspections. 

Shawn graduated from Ashford University with her degree in Organizational Management, and has her Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council and the OSHA 10 & 30-hour certificate. Shawn’s professional memberships include: The Quad Cities Emergency Planning Committee, IA/IL Safety Council, National Safety Council, ABC’s (American Blood Centers) Member Employee Training and Development Committee and American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as a Board Member. Shawn holds many certificates for the training and development field as well and continues to grow and learn in this field.

Outside of work, Shawn has been teaching fitness classes for over 20 years. She currently teaches at Eldridge Recreational & Fitness Center, Eldridge, IA. and just began teaching at Tri-Med Health & Wellness in Davenport, IA. Shawn lives in the tiny town of Donahue, IA with her husband and two teenage girls.

Staff:


     Jesse Truax, Program Manager & Jami Haberl, Executive Director



Jami Haberl Executive Director

Jami Haberl joined the Safeguard Iowa Partnership on September 11, 2007. Prior to joining Safeguard Iowa, she served as a senior program manager at the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and the executive director for the Centers for Disaster Operations and Response at the Iowa Department of Public Health. A native of Lohrville, Iowa, Jami is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in community health education and a graduate of Des Moines University with master's degrees in public health and healthcare administration. Jami and husband, Jim, reside in Des Moines.



 Jesse Truax Program Manager


Jesse Truax joined the Safeguard Iowa Partnership on September 12, 2011.  Prior to joining SIP, he was a health coach/tobacco cessation specialist at Healthways, the associate territory manager for an orthopedic sales company and interned with the Safeguard Iowa Partnership during the summer of 2008.  A native of Sheffield, Iowa, Jesse graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & Health with an emphasis in Community & Public Health.  Jesse resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

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