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.


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

2016 Board of Directors 

Jeff McClaran | 2016 Chair 

Wells Fargo & Company 

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 manager 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 for 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 rated as a weapons of mass destruction first responder. Jeff is a government liaison manger and disaster assessment manager for the Amercian 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 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 | 2016 Vice Chair 

Polk County Emergency Management Agency 

In September 2004, the Polk County Emergency Management Commission appointed A.J. Mums to lead the countywide agency responsible for preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disaster.  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 Sate University.  A native of Westside, Iowa, A.J. and his wife Sabetha live in Ankeny with their two young children. 

Ken Sharp | 2016 Secretary/Treasurer 

Iowa Department of Public Health 

Mr. 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 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 specialist regarding their responsibilities for environmental health programs.  Programs delivered through this office have included environmental health capacity building, environmental health specialist network, 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 function of IDPH and includes acute disease prevention and surveillance activities, emergency response, environmental and occupational health, immunizations and tuberculosis, and radiological health. 

Ken 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. 

Jim Saunders | 2016 Past Chair 

Iowa Department of Public Safety 

Jim has spent over thirty years in law enforcement and currently serves Iowans as the Director of Investigative Operations of the Department of Public Safety (DPS).  In this capacity, he has oversight of all investigative functions of DPS which includes the Division of Criminal Investigation, State Fire Marshal Division, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center. 

In addition to his current duties, Director Saunders represents Iowa law enforcement interested on the Executive Committee for the Mid States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), a position he has held for 14 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 also serves on the Executive Board for the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking area and was recently nominated to represent the National Narcotics Officers Association on the nation Domestic Communication Assistance Center's Executive Advisory Board.

Originally from the northwest Iowa community of Okoboji, Director Saunders graduated from the Department of Public Safety's 13th Basics Academy on July 2, 1987.  Throughout his career with Public Safety, Directory 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, Assistant Director for DCI overseeing the Support Operations Bureau, and Director of the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and in January 2014, was appointed by the Commissioner of Public Safety as Director of Investigative Operations. 

Director Saunders holds a Bachelor's 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 holds 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. 

Elliott Smith

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 his business degree from the University of Iowa and earned his Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.  Elliott is a native of Iowa City, Iowa.  He and his wife, Kay, live in Des Moines with their son and daughter. 

Kevin Smith

Nationwide Insurance 

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 board 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 Certified Protection Professional and is Board Certified in Security Management though the American Society of Industrial Security.

Mike Goldberg 

Linn County Emergency Management 

Michael Goldberg is the Director of 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.B., 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 of 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 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 Company, Davids 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 includes the state Emergency Response Plan, Iowa Recovery Plan, Iowa Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Capitol Complex Plan, as well as specialized plans, such as, the Continuity of Government Plan, Special Needs Planning and Agriculture 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 has Lieutenant in charge of training. 

Jay Allpress

Hills Bank & 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 Hank 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 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. 

Jeannine McCullough

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

Jeannine McCullough, is a Registered Nurse and currently the Chief Quality Officer at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Davenport, Iowa. In this role Jeannine is responsible for compliance of applicable federal, state and local regulations, process improvement, project management, training, safety and disaster planning. Jeannine has served as the project lead for several large organization wide projects including two recent merger/acquisitions, 

Jeannine is a certified Lean, Six Sigma Green Belt. 

Michael Louden 

Alliant Energy 

Michael Louden, Team Lead Security Services, Alliant Energy, has worked in the retail and utility security industry for over 30 years.  He has managed all aspect of security operations including investigations, contract management, law enforcement liaison, executive protection, security installation & design, security and guard operations. 

During his tenure at Alliant Energy, he has held a variety of roles including Investigator, Senior Security Consultant and Lead Security Consultant,  Michael frequently collaborates with state and local law enforcement, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security. 

He has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and earned his CPP from the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) in July 2013. 

Brent Kock

West Des Moines Police Department 

Brent Kock is a Sergeant with the West Des Moines Police Department and supervises the Training and Emergency Management Unit.  Brent joined the West Des Moines Police Department in 2000 and since January 2015 he has worked alongside local public and private school districts and the local business community, encouraging them to develop a crisis plan to deal with both natural and man-made disasters.

Sgt. Kock has served as the department’s K9 handler for nine years.  During that time, he served two terms as a regional president of the United States Police Canine Association and has also served as the national supply officer since 2009.  Sgt. Kock has spent 15 years on the department’s tactical team and has served in all positions from entry team member to his current position as a team leader.

Sgt. Kock received his Bachelor’s degree from Simpson College in 1998 in Environmental Science and Secondary Education.  He returned to Simpson College and received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2011.  In the summer of 2016, Sgt. Kock graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Brent resides in western Polk County with his wife Nikki and their three sons.

Safeguard Iowa Partnership Staff 

Dutch Geisinger joined the Safeguard Iowa Partnership on March 2, 2015. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, he served the United States Department of Homeland Security as a Protective Security Advisor for the South Dakota District.  From 2003 to 2009, Dutch was employed by the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division as the Homeland Security Program Manager and the Critical Infrastructure Protection Planner. He is also a veteran of the United States Army and the Iowa Army National Guard and served with he Cedar Falls Iowa Police Department.  

Dutch lives in Des Moines with his wife, Rita.  He is a proud father of three daughters and three adorable granddaughters.  

Jesse Truax joined the Safeguard Iowa Partnership on September 12, 2011 as the Program Coordinator. In November 2013 he was promoted to his current position of Program Manager for the Partnership. 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 West Des Moines, Iowa with his girlfriend Andrea and their French bulldog, Hank.

CONTACT US: (515) 246-1707 | sip@safeguardiowa.org | 100 E. Grand Avenue, STE. 165, Des Moines, Iowa 50309

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