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:


James J. Saunders Director, Investigative Operations

Iowa Department of Public Safety

2015 Chair 
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 Jim 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 interests 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 National Domestic Communications 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 Basic Academy on July 2, 1987. Throughout his career with Public Safety, 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, 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 as the Commissioner of Public Safety as Director of Investigative

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.

Kevin Smith
Regional Security Manager
Nationwide Insurance
2015 Past 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.


Jeff McClaran
Vice President
Regional Incident Manager
Wells Fargo & Company
2015 Vice Chair

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
Polk County Emergency Management Agency

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 p
rogram (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
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.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 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 fo 2008.  Following the flood, he coordinated disaster revoery 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, 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


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

2015 Secretary/ Treasurer


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.


Jeannine McCullough

Chief Quality Officer
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. 


Board of Directors in attendance at the 7th Annual Meeting - October 21, 2014


Dutch Geisinger Executive Director

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 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 West Des Moines, Iowa.

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