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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. 

2018 Board of Directors 

A.J. Mumm | 201 8 Past-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.

Dave Hempen | 2018 Chair

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.

Ken Sharp | 2018 Vice Chair

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.

Jay Allpress | 2018 Treasurer

GreatAmerica Financial Services


Jay has been actively involved in physical and information security for over 25 years.  Jay is primarily responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive Information Security Program at GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation. 

Prior to joining GreatAmerica in October, 2017 Jay performed similar duties for Hills Hank and Trust Company from 2001 to 2017.  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 Safeguard Iowa Partnership, Infragard and Jay is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 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.

Abby L. Huntrods

LifeServe Blood Center

Abby Huntrods is a Medical Laboratory Scientist with a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Quality Management.  She is currently the Quality Director at LifeServe Blood Center, in Des Moines, Iowa.  Abby’s responsibilities include managing licensure, accreditation, regulatory compliance for state and federal agencies, process control, document control, error management, process improvement, business continuity, and project management.   Abby enjoys using lean tools to drive operational efficiencies throughout the supply chain

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.


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.

Vicky McKim            MBCP, MBCI


Vicky McKim holds a Master Business Continuity Professional Certification and is a Member of the Business Continuity Institute.  She has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of risk management, business continuity and disaster recovery, with more than 9 years as a full-time BCP Program Director for two global organizations.  Vicky has spoken at national, regional and local conferences for more than 20 years.  Her experience provides her audience with a proven perspective on how to improve risk controls and continuity for their business operations, along with many practical examples of what the next steps may look like.   Whether Vicky is addressing small groups or large audiences, her stories and practical guidance empower those listening to take action to create more resilient environments for their workplace.

John Neldeberg

Wells Fargo

Jim Saunders

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.

Jeremy Sroka

Iowa Homeland Security and  Emergency Management

Based in Johnston, IA at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Operations Division, Jeremy Sroka is currently the state Critical Infrastructure Protection Coordinator. Sroka also worked for the Iowa National Guard in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Infrastructure Information Collection Division. He served in the Iowa National Guard for twelve years where he deployed to Iraq and spent seventeen months there in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, Sroka performed multiple assessments on the Forward Operating Base (FOB) and was instrumental with the implementation of force protection measures. Sroka earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at Upper Iowa University.

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, three adorable granddaughters and a handsome grandson.

John Halbrook Joined the Safeguard Iowa Partnership in January of 2017.  Before joining SIP John was the Exercise Training Officer (ETO) with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  In this role John created training and exercise programs to help partners practice and prepare for emergencies.  

CONTACT US: (515) 868-1795 | sip@safeguardiowa.org | 4400 East University Ave.,  Suite 101, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

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