Steven R. Casstevens
Steven Casstevens is the Chief of Police with the Buffalo Grove, IL Police Department. He retired in 2011 as an Assistant Chief with the Hoffman Estates, IL Police Department, where he served for nearly 30 years. He then served as Chief of Police with the Cary, IL Police Department for 2 ½ years prior to being hired in Buffalo Grove June of 2013. He began his law enforcement career in the Military Police with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in 1976.
Casstevens is a Past President of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP – 2016). He is also Past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP 2019-2020). He serves on the Executive Committee of “Fight Crime-Invest in Kids” as well Co-Chair of their National Leadership Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, the Board of Directors for L.E.A.D. – Law Enforcement Against Drugs, the Advisory Board for Citizens Behind the Badge, Advisory Board for the Global Police Network, and is a founding board member of the International Road Policing Alliance. He is an Executive Board member of the Illinois Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
He has authored numerous articles for Police Chief Magazine, Command Magazine and Law and Order. His 2011 keynote speech to a basic law enforcement academy class was featured in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He served as an adjunct instructor for Northwestern University Center for Public Safety for nearly 20 years. He has been a guest speaker for WYCC – Chicago TV, WGN Radio, Fox News, C-SPAN, Washington Journal, the Sean Spicer Show as well as several state and national law enforcement conferences. He has been called upon to testify before a Congressional Committee on health benefits for law enforcement and recently was called before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice to provide testimony on the issue of police officer safety and wellness. In 2020 he testified before a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Police Reform and in 2021 he testified at a Senate Hearing on law enforcement’s response to the mental health crisis in the U.S.
Casstevens served as a squad supervisor for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He has worked on numerous special projects on a state and national level. In 2012 he began an unprecedented project with a select team of law enforcement professionals and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety to develop a Highway Patrol agency and training academy for the Arab State of Qatar. He has traveled extensively to meet with law enforcement leaders in Brazil, Taiwan, EUROPOL – The Hague, Netherlands, INTERPOL – Lyon, France, AMERIPOL – Panama City, ASIANAPOL – Singapore, GCC-POL – Abu Dhabi, Israel, Dubai, Austria, London, and Ireland.
He has been the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, including the two highest awards in the nation for highway safety: In 1997 he was the national law enforcement recipient of the “J. Stannard Baker Award” from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for lifetime achievement in highway safety. In 2004 he received the National Public Service Award from NHTSA for his contributions and achievements in traffic and highway safety. In 2015 he received the ILACP Highway Safety Leadership Award. In 2017 he was recognized by the Illinois Crime Commission with their Lifetime Achievement – Excellence in Law Enforcement Award. In 2020 he received the National Champion for Kids award from “Fight Crime – Invest in Kids” and also in 2020 he received the Law Enforcement Official of the Year award from the Illinois Security Professionals Association.
Casstevens is a graduate of the 51st class of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command (1991), the Executive Management Program and a member of the 216th session of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (2004). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Judson University, and is a Certified Police Chief through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.
Zachary Hans is the director of the Center for Weather Impacts on Mobility and Safety (CWIMS) and a senior research engineer at the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University. Zach, a professional engineer licensed in Iowa, has more than 26 years of experience in transportation engineering, working in the areas of traffic safety, operations, planning and enforcement.
Hossein has been studying, working, and researching in the field of Civil Engineering for over 30 years. During his career, he has conducted research on various safety-related projects exploring the safety and operational impacts of drivers, roadways, and environmental characteristics. Hossein assisted multiple state and local agencies in Iowa in identifying safety issues within their jurisdiction through crash data analysis and other safety-related research. He helped identify corridors with excessive speeding and impaired driving issues for enforcement efforts. Hossein received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi and both master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering/Transportation from Iowa State University. He worked for Intrans as a research engineer and recently joined Iowa DOT as a safety data analyst.
Willy Sorenson, P.E. works in the Traffic and Safety Bureau to assist the Bureau Director and others with “Special Projects”.
One of the “Special Projects” Willy has embraced is Wrong Way Driving. Willy’s goal is to use technology to understand wrong way driving and then use traditional engineering signing and pavement marking tools to reduce the chance of wrong way driving to help lower traffic deaths in Iowa.
Willy has worked for the Iowa DOT for the past 31 years in Construction/utility Relocation, State ITS Engineer and Traffic & Safety.
He is a graduate from Iowa State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Andrew Champion has served with the Bettendorf Police Department since 2008 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, emergency response unit member, traffic enforcement officer, and head of the department’s traffic bureau. He has been trained as an accident investigator, evidence technician, standardized field sobriety instructor, radar/lidar instructor, and precision driving instructor. In recent years he has been tasked with several technology-related initiatives including a new BWC/In-car video provider, city-wide camera installation, and successful implementation of an LPR system. He was a past president of The Bettendorf Peace Officers Association and a founding member of The Bettendorf Officers FOP Lodge. Before serving in law enforcement he worked as a regional security manager for an Iowa based retailer and obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University.
Jake Nelson has been in Law Enforcement for 9 years and is currently employed with The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office and have been for 7 years. Prior to being employed with Buena Vista County, Jake worked for the Storm Lake Police Department for 2 years. During his time at the Sheriff’s Office, he has taken over all things related to GTSB. He also maintains and runs the Radar Trailer owned by the Office which helps them in collecting stats and corroborate speeding issues within the county.
Dr. Daniel V. McGehee is an internationally recognized vehicle safety researcher who is director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator and a professor in the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Public Policy.
For over 30 years Dr. McGehee has done research and design in advanced vehicle safety systems as they relate to driver performance. He developed the first prototype forward collision warning systems for General Motors in the early 1990s and conducted one of the first automated vehicle simulator trials in the 1994. He is currently a member of the US delegation of the Trilateral Human Factors in Automation group that splits its time between Europe, Japan, and the US.
Dr. McGehee began his career at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the Advanced Flight Deck Research Department where he studied pilot performance and cockpit design. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator of over $42 million in research for the US DOT, NIH and the automotive industry and has over 150 scientific publications in the areas of distraction, driver response and technology research and development.
He earned his PhD in the UK at the University of Leeds.
Theresa provides support to the Iowa Local Technical Assistance Program (L TAP). She facilitates the coordination and operational advancement of the local multidisciplinary safety teams (MDST) tlll’oughout Iowa. She works with multi-agency multidisciplined professionals with a common goal of making Iowa’s transportation network safer. She is also a research scientist where she conducts applied research in transportation safety and local roadway safety improvements. Theresa has a diversified background with over 25 years of experience, including her role as a Trail Systems Program Manager and GIS Professor in West Virginia. Her experience incorporates all aspects of a multi-disciplined profession in geospatial sciences, teclmology transfer, education, GPS/GIS training, bicycle and pedestrian trail system management, and tourism and economic development for the state of West Virginia and the Appalachian Region.
Sgt. Derek Grooters is currently a Sergeant with the Ames Police Department. He has 20 years of law enforcement experience. During his career Sgt. Grooters has been involved in traffic safety. Sgt. Grooters is an accident reconstructionist for the Ames Police Department. Sgt. Grooters was awarded the GTSB Commissioners Award in 2010. He was recognized that year for his dedication to traffic safety and his involvement with studying wrong way drivers and fatality accidents on highway 30 in the Ames area. The result of this study helped develop the Ames area Multi Discipline Safety Team. The Ames MDST group continues to study wrong way drivers on highway 30 and has implemented several safety measures to help prevent wrong way drivers on highway 30. Sgt. Grooters has continued to be involved with the group. Sgt. Grooters and is currently the chairperson for the Ames area MDST.
Zhi Chen is an Associate Planner at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. At the MPO, he works on transportation data and analysis, GIS mapping, and regional performance measures. He also facilitates the MPO’s quarterly Freight Roundtable and Traffic Management Advisory Committee (TMAC).
Chris Washburn is a Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Specialist with nearly three decades of experience working in law enforcement and incident response. Chris has focused the bulk of his career on traffic enforcement, traffic and criminal investigation, and TIM. As a Patrol Lieutenant with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, Chris established a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate high crash-rate intersections and develop crash reduction strategies. He is also a master instructor for the Federal Highway Administration’s TIM training program. In his current role, he facilitates after-action reviews for TIM groups in Colorado, Nebraska and the Council Bluffs, IA areas and conducts small group meetings to address action items.
Chris is passionate about traffic and responder safety and is grateful for the opportunity to share some information about current Traffic Incident Management efforts.
Stacy Lentsch is the Community Development Director at MIDAS Council of Governments. She started at MIDAS in October 2021. Stacy graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 and has been in the planning field ever since.
Prior to working at MIDAS, Stacy was at the Iowa DOT Systems Planning Bureau assisting cities and counties with pedestrian and bicycle trails.
Sheriff Sandholdt started his law enforcement career as a game warden for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in 1996. After an 18 yearcareer with the Iowa DNR, Jason left his position as the DNR Law Enforcements Assistant Chief to become the Marion County Sheriff on January 1st, 2013. Sheriff Sandholdt has sat on numerous Boards and Commissions throughout his Law Enforcement career withhis most recent interests revolving around our States Mental Health System, Office of Drug Control Policy, and the ISSDA Legislative Committee. Sheriff Sandholdt sits as a Board Member on the Iowa Sheriffs and Deputies Association and will be installed astheir President in December.
Chief Deputy Ben Veren has been with the Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. He developed an interest in traffic enforcement early on in his career. He was assigned as the agency’s Traffic Safety Officer for 8 years managing the GTSB grant and coordinating the agency’s traffic safety and enforcement program. During that time, he helped establish the Traffic Safety Unit where a group of Deputies were assigned to work as a team to improve roadway safety through education and enforcement. Deputy Veren has been involved in numerous traffic safety efforts, been on committees for the DOT Local Road Safety Workshops and Traffic Incident Management Conference, as well as working with GTSB to set up the traffic safety checkpoint trailer program. He has held several instructor roles in his agency, been a Field Training Officer, and spent 10 years on the SWAT team. He has been a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician for 10 years and received additional training in Special Needs Transportation. He has been involved in numerous CPS checkup and education events over the years. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2015 and then Chief Deputy in 2021. He remained a member of the traffic unit up until his promotion to Chief Deputy, but he continues his passion for Child Passenger Safety and the general roadway safety for all who live and travel through Marshall County.
Cathy Slade works as the Iowa SAFE-Seatbelts Are For Everyone Program Specialist. She received her Master of Education in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Kansas. She has worked in prevention services/health education for 20 years holding positions such as the Kansas Director of Drunk Driving Prevention and as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist within the schools. She also enjoys working part-time as a Group Fitness Instructor at her local health club. She lives in Ames with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and cat.
Joanne Tinker is a 31 year employee of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. For the past 11 years Joanne has served as the Program Evaluator and State Traffic Records Coordinator within the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Her primary duties include problem identification analysis, Highway Safety Plan and Incentive Grant application and development, and compiling the Annual Evaluation Report. Joanne currently serves on the Fatality Reduction Task Force, State Strategic Highway Safety Plan Advisory Board and Implementation Team and is a co-chair for the Statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee, along with considerable involvement with other partnership initiatives. Joanne played an integral role in the development of Iowa’s High Five Rural Traffic Safety Program the State’s Impaired Driving Coalition and Blue Print. She has developed plans and processes that have been recognized by GHSA as “Best Practices”. Joanne also represents the state of Iowa as an Associate Member of the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders.
Joanne holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Upper Iowa University and completed the Certified Public Manager’s Course from Drake University.
Chris is an ACTAR Accredited Collision Reconstructionist, and Forensic Mapping Expert based in central Iowa. His law enforcement career started in 2003 and he currently serves as the sergeant over the Collision Reconstruction team for the Iowa State Patrol.
Chris is a 17-year veteran of the Iowa State Patrol and has helped launch their drone program. Chris is both a part 107 certified drone pilot, certified drone flight instructor, and a licensed single-engine aircraft pilot.
Chris earned his BA in Criminal Justice and has an AAS in Aviation/Airway Management & Operations.
Corey Champlin attended the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s 31st Basic Academy in 2006. He served in Post 1, Des Moines from May 2006 until December 2019. In December 2019, Trooper Champlin was promoted to Assistant District Commander at Post 16 at the Capitol Complex serving until March 2021. In March 2021, Sergeant Champlin transferred back to Post 1 where he is currently assigned as Assistant District Commander. Corey is the ISP CITSTF representative and the District’s evidence custodian. Throughout his career, Sergeant Champlin has served as a Technical investigator, Crisis Negotiator, Tac Team member, Firearms instructor, RADAR/LIDAR instructor, driving instructor, Iowa State Trooper’s Association President and Union representative. Corey lives in Adel with his wife, Tammy and 2 children, Makenna and Jayce. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and spending time with family and friends.
Officer Higgins started his law enforcement career in 2003 as a reserve officer with the Urbandale Police Department and served 8 years. In 2011, Tony transitioned to a patrol officer with the Ankeny Police Department where he has been for the last 11 years. Currently, he serves as an arson investigator, patrol CSI, R.A.D lead instructor, and a FTO. In his spare time, Tony works several hours of traffic enforcement under GTSB and enjoys working multi-jurisdictional projects. Officer Higgins coordinates traffic enforcement projects in Ankeny along with GTSB and CITSFT. In the next few weeks, Tony will be transitioning to a new assignment on the newly formed Ankeny Police Traffic unit where he will be focused on red light violations, speeding, texting and driving, citizen traffic complaints and traffic issues.
Adam Jones has been a patrol officer with the Clive Police Department since 2006. His roles include Field Training Officer, Radar/Lidar and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing instructor. His is a past chairperson, and current secretary of the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force.
Jason’s law enforcement career began as an intern with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 2013. From there he continued with his degree at The Ohio State University where he majored in Criminology and minored in Sociology. Before finishing his degree, he was hired by Jasper County where he started in January of 2014 as a Patrol Deputy. While working for Jasper County he finished my degree in the summer of 2015.
Jason currently works for the Altoona Police Department and has been since August of 2018. With Altoona, he helps run a team of eight officers where they utilize the GTSB grant to enhance traffic safety in their community. Along with that, he is a D.R.E., SFST instructor, field training officer, defensive tactics instructor, de-escalation instructor, and a RADAR/LIDAR instructor.
Aside from Law Enforcement, and more importantly, he is a husband to his wife Lindsey Cunningham and father to their sons Cass and Bowen Cunningham. Jason met his wife at Drake University where he first started his academic and then athletic career. It is her who got him back to the state of Iowa where he now calls home. “Though I may call Iowa home, I am a Buckeye for life!”
J.C. (Buddy) Johnson
Buddy Johnson is the lead consultant/facilitator for TN Bleu Training specializing in Advanced Organizational Leadership/Management and specifically Master Resilience Training for the purpose of Mental Strengthening in the workplace. Buddy is a thirty-year veteran now retired Captain of the Georgia State Patrol and he currently serving as the County Manager for Grady County Georgia.
Buddy is Nationally recognized and a Certified Master Resilience instructor and facilitator. His experience and knowledge of Mental Strengthening and Resilience in the workplace is extensive and comprehensive. He currently oversees the State of Georgia’s Officer Resilience Program. He continues to instruct for the FBI National Academy Associates, New Jersey Attorney Generals Office, and he is a curriculum consultant and Master facilitator for “Resilient Minds On The Front Lines”, an International leader in resiliency training. He has facilitated more that 115 courses of training in the last 5 years resulting in over 2300 trainers who will be the force multipliers who carry out this valuable and lifesaving mission to their organizations.
Buddy has served in many leadership roles over his career. He has successfully completed strategic planning for organizational restructuring of struggling organizations including school systems, government offices and businesses. He was tasked with forming and directing the initial GSP Large Incident Response Team which was assigned to all large-scale incidents in the State of Georgia ranging from weather related matters to civil unrest situations. He spent most of his law enforcement career in supervisory roles ranging from the line leadership up to the executive levels. His current role as County Manager has broadened his scope of understanding and overall leadership knowledge and from that he is able to share his personal experiences (some humbling) in a way that most everyone in similar situations can relate to and learn from.
Buddy holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and a Bachelor of Science from Thomas University. He is a National Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the University of Georgia, a graduate of the 244th session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate as well as president of the 41st Command College Class at Columbus State University.
Buddy is a musician and has served his local church in Colquitt Georgia for the last 8 years as the music/band director.
Buddy lives in Colquitt Georgia with his wife Tracy and three Children, Alex, Courtney, and Jaycie.
Jeremy Peterson graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 and from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2005. Jeremy worked as an Assistant Woodbury County Attorney from 2005 until 2007 and as an Assistant Page County Attorney from 2007 until 2009. Jeremy served as the Page County Attorney from 2009 until 2015. During his time in Page County, Jeremy also taught Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, and Ethical Dilemmas & Decisions in Criminal Justice as an adjunct professor at Iowa Western Community College (Clarinda Campus). In 2015, Jeremy accepted a position as an Administrative Law Judge with Iowa Workforce Development. He worked as an ALJ until May of 2018 when he became the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the State of Iowa and continues to work in that position.
Christine M. Circo
Christine M. Circo is an Assistant County Attorney with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She previously served as the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor for the Iowa Attorney General, and is a law enforcement and prosecutor trainer in all areas of traffic safety, search and seizure, general criminal law, and court testimony. Ms. Circo has served as lead counsel in more than fifty jury trials, concentrating on vehicular homicide and major traffic offenses, major felonies, forfeitures and firearms offenses. Ms. Circo has published the Impaired Driving Handbook for Prosecutors and several editions of the Highway Safety Update for the State of Iowa. She also served for five years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, an Assistant Bremer County Attorney and an Assistant City Attorney for Council Bluffs. Christine graduated from Drake Law School in 1998, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Dakota in 1995.
Catherine serves as general counsel for the Iowa Department of Public Safety. She joined the Department after working in private practice, representing law enforcement officers in civil litigation. She lives in Johnston with her public-school teacher husband and their almost-two-year old and almost-five-year old daughters.
Sergeant Paul Batcheller has been with the Iowa City Police Department since August of 1995. During his tenure with the Iowa City Police Department, he spent 11 years as a Detective with their Street Crimes Unit specializing in Drug, Weapon, Gang, Robbery, Burglary, Sexual Assault, and Homicide investigations. He returned to that unit in 2021 and currently serves as the supervisor.
In 2007, Sgt. Batcheller was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and went on to be certified as a DRE and SFST Instructor. He remains active as a DRE Instructor and teaches Officers interested in detecting impaired drivers. In addition, Sgt. Batcheller is the Chair of the Iowa DRE Advisory Board, the At-Large Midwest member of the national DRE Technical Advisory Panel (TAP), and is the Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s (IACP’s) DRE Section.
Sgt. Batcheller has shared what he has learned in 30 years in law enforcement and conducted numerous training seminars for law enforcement, school faculty, private businesses, medical professionals, and other assorted groups in the areas of drug investigations, gang awareness and investigations, drug impairment recognition, interview and interrogation, and search and seizure. Sgt. Batcheller has received numerous citations from his department, as well as other law enforcement agencies, for exemplary work throughout his career. Before serving with the Iowa City Police Department, Sgt. Batcheller was an Officer with the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and with the Huxley Police Department.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Sgt. Batcheller served in the United States Navy where he became an Aviation Electronics Technician and was a certified Aerial Door Gunner and Rescue Swimmer deployed into combat during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Above all, Sgt. Batcheller is most proud of his wife of 27 years and their four children and eight grandchildren.
Ashley Hochberger is the new Traffic Management Center and Highway Helper Program Manager for the Iowa Department of Transportation. After graduating from Iowa State University, Ashley was an Ames Police Officer for 13 years. Her areas of expertise included data information and analysis, GIS mapping and community outreach. Ashley joined the DOT in January of 2021 as Safety Planner in the Traffic and Safety Bureau and made her transition to the Traffic Operations Bureau at the end of October 2021. Ashley’s husband, Nick, is a Sergeant with the Story County Sheriff’s Office. She enjoys traveling, watching her three kids’ activities and playing with their rescue dogs. Ashley has loved her new role so far and is excited to continue making Iowa’s roadways safe and efficient.
Stacy started his law enforcement career at Keokuk Police Department as a reserve Policeman in 1994 and was hired at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 where he worked the road for 5 years. He was then assigned to Narcotics for three and a half years, holding position as Detective and the Field Supervisor, promoted in 2006 to Sgt. And then to Detective in 2007. Stacy was assigned to Commander of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force in 2012 and then elected Sheriff in 2016. After taking office in 2017, he expanded the department by adding 3 new Deputies, 2 Detectives, 2 k9’s, swat, divers, rescue boat, drones, 6 additional Correctional Officers and 3 Court Security Officers. Stacy has been married 27 years to Selissa, and has two children – Luke age 22 (US ARMY second Lieutenant, graduate of Iowa State University) and Chloe age 20 (graduate in 2023 from University of Northern Iowa to be a teacher). Stacy resides in Donnellson and plans to run one more term before calling it quits around the 30 year mark….enough is enough….LOL!
Mick Mulhern is a Program Administrator for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau. Mick has been with the Department of Public Safety for 16 years and a member of the GTSB for 13. Mick manages contracts with various grantees including media vendors throughout the state. He also manages the GTSB’s social media platforms. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University. Additionally, Mick is retired from the US Army.
- Ames Fire for 23 years retired in January as Deputy Chief
- Training specialist with Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau.
- Actively involved with TIM program since 2011. Started with Crash Scene Management initiative and then transitioned to FHWA Traffic Incident Management Training.
- Member of State TIM steering committee.
- Work with FHWA on new TIM initiatives.
- Working toward keeping ALL responders and the motoring public safe while working roadway incidents.