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Meet the Board of Directors

Chairman (Officer) – John Schroeder

John is Director of IT Governance, Risk, & Compliance at Integrated DNA Technologies in Coralville. John and his team are responsible for cybersecurity operations, global end user support services, service management, IT regulatory compliance and audit support, and disaster recovery planning.  John has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Mt. Mercy University, and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. John has over 25 years of experience in IT operations and security. Married with three children he lives in the Mount Vernon area.

Vice Chairman (Officer) – Jean Savick

Jean is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and holds a Certification in Homeland Security at a level three (CHSIII). Jean began her career with Wells Fargo in 2006, obtaining her officer title appointment as an Assistant Vice President in 2013. Currently, Jean holds roles as an Operational Risk Consultant and Business Continuity Officer in Business Continuity Planning, Incident Management and Community, Customer Disaster Response. She provides incident support, consulting, awareness and facilitation to ensure Wells Fargo is prepared to continue business throughout incidents. Jean is also a member of the Wells Fargo Enterprise Incident Coordination Center (EICC), acting as a liaison to Enterprise on behalf of the Consumer Lending lines of business. Through EICC she supports the business and customers throughout high risk and catastrophic incidents having potential impact on the Wells Fargo Enterprise. Jean has an overall and ongoing responsibility of strategically enhancing the business continuity and incident process, ultimately mitigating risk for Wells Fargo’s Team Members, Business, Infrastructure and Customers.

Treasurer (Officer) – Randy Ratekin

Randy Ratekin is the Business and Disaster Recovery Coordinator for ITS, Inc. / The SHAZAM Network since January 2007.  Randy is in charge of all business and system recovery planning, incident management and coordination with local emergency management and government entities. Randy obtained his CBCP certification from Disaster Recovery Institute International in January 2005. Randy has been working in continuity planning since 1999 as well as a member of Iowa Contingency Planners and has held the position of Chairman of the board and currently Treasurer.

Secretary (Officer) – Christina Wermager

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Public Information Officer (Director) – Denny Hodge

Denny is an Internal BCM Consultant with Aegon Global Technology, the IT Infrastructure business unit of the Aegon Group of Companies.  With nearly 40 years of project management experience, half of that in Business Continuity, he has had the opportunity to implement a variety of technologies and applications in multiple industries, ranging from Telecommunications, to Public Transit, to Financial Services.

Membership (Director) – Dave Wallrichs

Dave is the Director of Business Continuity for GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation in Cedar Rapids.  Great America is the largest privately-held small ticket leasing company in the United States.  Dave has over twenty years of related experience in Project Management, Technical Training, IT Engineering/Leadership and most recently Business Continuity Planning.

Dave has been a member of Iowa Contingency Planners since 2008.  He holds a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Training (Director) – Jesse Truax

In 2008, Jesse received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Kinesiology and Health with an emphasis in Community and Public Health.  During his course of study, Jesse completed an internship with Safeguard Iowa Partnership and worked directly with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management where he was later employed. 

After a stint as an orthopedic sales representative and a health coach, Jesse returned to Safeguard Iowa Partnership as a fulltime employee, holding positions of Program Coordinator and Program Manager. While at Safeguard Iowa, he developed a passion for coordination and collaboration with business professionals both in the public and private sectors to turn concepts into actionable outcomes for disaster preparedness, business continuity, exercising, crisis management, incident response and overall recovery.

Currently, Jesse is the senior business continuity specialist for Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield based in Des Moines, Iowa.  Jesse is a member of the Iowa Contingency Planners and has earned his Certified Business Continuity Professional certification through DRI International.

Nomination Committee (Director) – Dennis Connolly

Dennis Connolly is the Business Continuity Coordinator for Wellmark, Inc. supporting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Dakota. Dennis has been with Wellmark since 1995 holding positions as Computer Operations Team Leader, ITS Special Projects Team Leader and Business Continuity Coordinator.  He has also filled the role of the Enterprise Data Security Architect. Dennis currently holds an Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) from DRII.

Website Chair (Director) – Mark Taylor

Mark has been involved in Information Technology for Wells Fargo for 20 years, 16 of which have been in BCP/DR. Mark received his CBCP certification from DRII in 2012. He has worked in and supported various areas of the company including Financial, Card Services, Mortgage, and Brokerage. In his current role he is responsible for planning and conducting exercises for applications supporting the Mortgage Servicing Line of Business. During Mark’s time in the Brokerage support role he was also responsible for Vendor Management, Records Management, and Asset Management, giving him a broad Risk Management perspective.

Sponsorship Liaison (Director) – John Lins

John is the Utility Incident Manager for the Des Moines Water Works as well as the co-chair for IOWARN (Iowa Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network. He is responsible for the areas of Incident Management, General Liability, Cross Connection Control, Distribution Water Quality and manages the 24/7 Communications Center.

John is a CBCP and has a B.S. and M.S. from Drake University in Business & Leadership.  He is an Iowa Grade IV Water Operator, USC C.C.C. Specialist and has completed numerous NIMS & ICS Emergency Management courses from the Department of Homeland Security.

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