Meet the Professors

​DMACC’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Faculty have years of proven experience and come from a variety of relevant backgrounds, including local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, judicial, and Homeland Security agencies and organizations.  DMACC students receive an unmatched educational experience with the assistant of our excellent staff that includes staff members from across the country.

  

Full-Time Faculty Members

Meet Your Professor(s)

Steve Barger

Steve Barger

DMACC/TSA Homeland Security Certificate Program Chair
515-964-6525

​Steve began his teaching career at DMACC as an adjunct criminal justice instructor in 2010, and assumed full-time teaching duties in the fall of 2016. Steve serves as a Criminal Justice Club Advisor, was a long time member of the DMACC Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and the Indian Hills Community College Digital Forensics Advisory Committee. Steve recently retired from a 20 plus year career with the Iowa Department of Public Safety where he served as an Iowa State Patrol Trooper, Trooper/Vehicle Theft Investigator, Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Intelligence. Steve has served as a Tactical Unit member and spent much of his career working undercover, task forces, and special operations. Steve has served as an instructor and trainer for multiple disciplines at the Iowa Department of Public Safety Academy and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy as well as instructing and training other local, and state, law enforcement officers throughout the Midwest.  Steve teaches a variety of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice credit courses both face-to-face and online.

Education: Associates of Arts Degree from Des Moines Area Community College and Bachelors Degree in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement from Upper Iowa University.

Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security, Intelligence, Criminal Investigation, Narcotics Investigation, Tactical Operations, Special Operations, and Undercover Operations.

Jessica Cole

Jessica Cole

Criminal Justice Program & District Chair
515-964-6615

Jessica began her teaching career at DMACC in January 2014, and currently serves as the Program & District Chair, as well as the Criminal Justice Club Advisor. She previously served as the project manager for a collaboration with Transportation Security Administration and the Homeland Security Certificate program, and continues to work closely with the current project manager. She teaches a variety of criminal justice credit classes, both face-to-face and online, including criminal investigation, criminal & constitutional law, theories of interviewing, and homeland security courses. Jessica served as a police officer and detective with the Fairfax County Police Department in Northern Virginia, and was a member of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. She taught women's self-defense throughout her law enforcement career.​

Education: B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University; M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland.

Primary teaching interests: Criminal Investigations

Bryan Burkhardt

Bryan Burkhardt

515-965-7096

Bryan Burkhardt is director of the Electronic Crime Institute (ECI) at Des Moines Area Community College. He is the former chair and professor in DMACC's Electronics and Information Technology Network Administration departments. He currently teaches courses in digital investigation and applied computer forensics. He has worked as a private consultant in the information technology field for more than 15 years.

Education: Bachelors and Masters Degree in Computer Engineering, Iowa State University.

Primary teaching interests: Electronic Crime.

Jay Van Kirk

Jay Van Kirk

Iowa

Jay Van Kirk is a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and was assigned to field offices in Los Angeles, CA., Des Moines, IA., Washington, D.C., and St. Paul, MN.  Van Kirk also had two multi-year assignments as an instructor at the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in Glynco, GA., and a five-year diplomatic assignment as the Treasury Department's Law Enforcement Attaché in Hong Kong, China.  He also had numerous temporary duty assignments as an instructor at the U.S. State Department's International Law Enforcement Academies located in Budapest, Hungary;  Gaborone, Botswana, Africa; and, Bangkok, Thailand.  As a Special Agent, Van Kirk conducted high level criminal investigations as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and worked in program areas in support of the Treasury Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, as well as the State Department's Terrorist Financing Working Group.  Van Kirk has extensive experience in the areas of criminal investigation, financial investigative techniques, narcotics money laundering, counter-financing of terrorism, homeland security, undercover operations, dignitary protection, facility security and intelligence operations.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Drake University.

Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security, Cyber-Terrorism, Anti-Money Laundering, Counter-Financing of Terrorism, and Intelligence.

Tim Spooner

Tim Spooner

Iowa

​Tim began his professional career in 1981 as a Deputy Sheriff for Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Washington. After a few years on patrol, Tim was promoted to the Detective unit where he investigated child abuse, fraud, and his last assignment was in the homicide unit. Tim was also a Field Training Officer (FTO) member of the department SWAT team, as well as a side handle baton instructor. Tim left the Sheriff's Office in 1991 and went to work for UPS as a Loss Prevention Supervisor, investigating internal and external losses. In 1993 he was promoted to Loss Prevention Manager for the Oregon District. In his role as manager, Tim trained new supervisors in investigation and interviewing techniques. He also managed security operations for the UPS operational facility at the Portland International Airport, complying with all FAA security methods. In 2001 Tim was promoted to UPS District Security Manager for the Iowa District, which included security oversight for Gateway Computer Company in Sioux City, South Dakota. In Iowa Tim managed both security and claim reduction divisions, as well as UPS security for the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids Airports. In 2008 Tim assumed security responsibility for the Missouri and Iowa UPS operations, which included additional airports of St. Louis and Springfield, MO. Tim managed a staff of 30 management and hourly employees that provided security and investigations for all modes of UPS transportation in Missouri and Iowa, including facilities and vehicle fleets. 

Education: Tim received an Associates of Arts Degree in Forestry in 1978 from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon; a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Summa Com Laude from Kaplan University in 2011, and a Master Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2014 also from Kaplan University.

Primary Teaching Interest: Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Transportation and Border Security.

Michael Balas

Michael Balas

Iowa

 

Michael Balas is a retired Special Agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Treasury Department.  He was assigned to field offices in Houston, TX, Milwaukee, WI, Savannah, GA and Washington, DC.  Balas is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).  He has over 30 years' experience in law enforcement as a police officer, U.S. Customs Inspector, and criminal investigator.  As an investigator and supervisor, Balas has served as a member several federal task forces including the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and the State Department's Terrorist Financing Working Group (TFWG).  Balas was also assigned as a Senior Instructor with the IRS at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).  This included duties as a supervisor with the IRS International Training Team.  While with the IRS, he has developed, coordinated, and delivered hundreds of classes at both domestic and international venues.  Balas has taught numerous investigative courses in 30 different countries including courses sponsored by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Balas has been qualified as an expert witness in money laundering in several U.S. courts. 

Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Accounting at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong State University.  Forensic Accounting Certificate, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.  Graduate Certificate in Cyber Crime, Armstrong State University.  Information Security Certificate, Villanova University.

Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security, Cyberterrorism, Anti-Money Laundering, Counter Terrorist Financing, Intelligence Analysis, Financial Investigations, Fraud Investigations, Forensic Accounting

Jason Junkens

Jason Junkens

Oklahoma

Jason began his teaching career at DMACC in August of 2017, and currently serves as a faculty TSA Homeland Security Instructor. He previously served as the Director of Safety and Emergency Management for Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas and as an Emergency Manager for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He teaches a variety of homeland security and emergency management credit classes including introduction to homeland security, intel analysis and security management, exercise design, basic incident command and mitigation.  Additionally, Jason is an instructor for the Incident Command System, Community Emergency Response Team, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) Basic and Advanced Academies.  He holds several professional certifications including the Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers, the FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner certification, and the Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.  Jason served as an officer with the United States Army gaining experience in planning and operations prior to his retirement.  

Education: B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University; M.B.A. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix; M.A. in Homeland Security from American Military University.

Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security, Intel Analysis and Security Management

Adjunct Faculty

Numerous part time adjunct faculty practitioners drawn from various criminal justice agencies and homeland security agencies from across the nation also assist with the program instruction. Homeland security professionals, attorneys, current former and retired police officers, and current, former and retired correctional personnel make up a large component of the part time faculty. All adjunct faculty possess at least a bachelors degree, and most have a masters or law degree. DMACC employs adjunct instructors who work or are retired from criminal justice and homeland security agencies including:

  • Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement
  • Iowa State Patrol
  • Dallas County Sheriff's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • United States Federal Probation
  • Mitchellville Women's Correctional Facility
  • Iowa State University Police
  • Des Moines Police Department
  • State of Iowa 5th Judicial District Probation/Parole
  • Ankeny Police Department
  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations
  • City of Ames Attorney's Office
  • State of Iowa 2nd Judicial District

  • Iowa Division of Intelligence
  • Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Safeguard Iowa
  • DMACC Electronic Crime Institute
  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Cyber-Crime Unit
  • Transportation Security Administration

Employment in the field of homeland security, emergency management, and criminal justice field is highly dependent upon one's character and background. Students who have a criminal history may complete the program of study, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in these fields, and students with a criminal history may NOT be eligible for an internship, which is required for the AAS degree.

Meet Your Professor(s)

Ken Mora

Ken Mora

Afghanistan

​Ken began teaching at DMACC as an adjunct homeland security instructor in 2017.  He is currently employed as a Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS).  Ken joined DSS in 2002 and has served in the Los Angeles Field Office; Office of Counterintelligence; Office of the Director; U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan; White House Situation Room; International Programs Directorate; U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany; and U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan.  During his DSS tenure, Ken has also served on temporary duty assignments throughout the world, including providing a secure environment for U.S. athletes at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Before serving with DSS, Ken began his law enforcement career as a Contracting Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  This included separate collateral assignments on a Special Operations Response Team and Hostage Negotiation Team.

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, with Honors, from New Mexico State University; Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University.

Primary teaching interests: Homeland Security

Paul Schmick

Paul Schmick

New York

​Paul J. Schmick is a Media Contributor, Professor and Vice President of Security Technology at Alliance Security headquartered in New York. Paul is a seasoned professional in the disciplines of homeland security, cybersecurity and security technologies.

Before his appointment at Alliance Security, Paul served eight years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and was stationed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  In his last role with the department, Paul was responsible for the implementation of aviation security policy, managed security technology equipment deployments, and supervised training programs and personnel to enhance the department's formidable defense against improvised explosive device (IED) threats targeting U.S. aviation assets and infrastructure. 

Paul has held Executive and Adjunct positions at the Long Island Business Institute in New York.  He also served as an on-line Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (TSA) Partnership Program at Erie Community College in New York.   Paul is a CNN media contributor and provides on-air analysis for stories in the areas of aviation security and terrorism.  He possesses extensive experience in U.S. aviation security policy and strategy, risk-based security and terrorist tactics to strike global transportation assets.    

Education: A.S in Criminal Justice from Suffolk County Community College, 2007.  B.A. in Homeland Security & Emergency Management from Ashford University, 2012.  M.S. in Homeland Security Management from the Homeland Security and Terrorism Institute at LIU Post, 2014.  M.S. in Cybersecurity from University of Maryland University College, 2017.

Primary Teaching Interests:  Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Corporate Security and Cybersecurity.

Richard Sellards

Richard Sellards

Colorado

​Richard S. Sellards is a senior management official within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  He is a career Special Agent and has been a Supervisory Special Agent and Senior Manager for DHS for the last 9 years.  In this capacity, Richard has been responsible for law enforcement operations and investigations for two different Regions within his agency encompassing a total of 13 states.

 

Prior to joining DHS, Richard served as a Special Agent for the US Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General and US Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. Richard's first appointment as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer was as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1999.

Before entering the Federal Law Enforcement profession, Richard served eight years on active duty with the United States Marine Corps. His primary occupational specialty was as a helicopter pilot in a Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron. After leaving active duty service, Richard remained active in the Marine Corps Reserves, serving primarily as an Intelligence Officer.  He completed four oversees deployments; two of which were combat tours in Somalia, Africa and Iraq.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves in 2013 after a total of 27 years of active and reserve service.

 

Education:

Richard graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. He also completed his Master's Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California in 2012 and most recently is a 2015 graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows Program.

Steve Donaway

Steve Donaway

Florida

​Steve recently retired from a 36 year law enforcement career.  He was a police office in Lakeland, FL (4 years), a Deputy Sheriff in Orlando, FL (3 years), a Special Agent with the FBI (4 years) and an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (25 years).  Steve spent his career as a criminal investigator.  He was involved in Florida's homeland security efforts as a member of the Executive Committee of Florida's State Working Group on Domestic Preparedness.  His experience coordinating law enforcement mutual aid response has been helpful in dealing with Florida's hurricanes, floods, violent protests and wildfires. Steve has taught online homeland security courses at several colleges.  He enjoys interacting with students and learning along with them.

 

Steve and his wife, Karen, live in the St. Augustine, FL area spending the inheritance of their two adult children. Steve stays busy with honey do's and enjoys DIY projects so long as they work out correctly. 

 

Education:

B.S. in Criminal Justice.  West Chester State College, West Chester, PA

B.S. in Accounting.  Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL

M.A. Homeland Security and Defense.  Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

 

Primary Teaching Interest:  Homeland security, terrorism, criminal investigations, disaster response.

Tom Longo

Tom Longo

Virginia

​Thomas Longo is a career law enforcement officer and administrator, and has also been active in the intelligence community during his career.  He began his law enforcement career as an officer in the Tampa (FL) Police Department in 1981, and later served as a DEA special agent where he developed multi-national cases, and later specialized in clandestine lab investigations until returning to local law enforcement some years later.  He retired as a police chief in 2013.  During these years, he was also appointed as a career intelligence officer in the Department of Defense, and specialized in psychological and counterintelligence operations during the final years of the Cold War and beyond.  He has also served on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for many years, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 

Education:

He received a B.A. in political science and Russian Studies in the early 1980s, and later earned an M.A. in public policy, and a juris doctor degree.  He also holds an advanced certificate in criminal justice education from the University of Virginia.  He has taught online college courses in criminal justice, law, homeland security and emergency management since 2008, and is still active in both aspects of his long career in the National Capital Region.

Ward Crawley

Ward Crawley

Iowa

​Special Agent Ward Crawley is a life-long resident of Iowa.  He received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1995.  Later that year, he graduated from the Iowa Department of Public Safety Basic Academy and began his employment with the Division of Criminal Investigation.  While working for the DCI, Ward has been assigned to the Casino Gaming Unit, the DPS Intelligence Bureau, and most recently, the Cyber-Crime Unit, which he joined in 2007.  In 2009, he earned the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certification from the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. He is currently assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Cedar Rapids as a full time forensic examiner. 

Craig Mackaman

Craig Mackaman

Iowa

Craig is currently employed as a Special Agent with the Iowa Department of Public Safety assigned to the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center.  He has been a Special Agent with the Iowa Department of Public Safety for 28 years.  He has had assignments in gaming, general criminal investigations, intelligence operations and technical equipment operations.  He is currently the lead special agent for technical operations and equipment for the Iowa Department of Public Safety.  Mackaman was on the first riverboat casino floating down the Mississippi River when Iowa legalized casino gaming on large, historically replicated riverboats in 1991.  He then worked in general criminal investigations which included involvement in several prominent homicide investigations in the Central Iowa area.  Mackaman also participated in two long-term undercover storefront sting operations that led to numerous arrests involving narcotics, stolen vehicles, stolen property and bookmaking.  He has been involved with the Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network (LEIN) program since becoming a LEIN member in 1990.  He has worked with several LEIN training schools being a team leader for the field intelligence projects conducted by the school attendees.  In 2008, Mackaman was assigned to the Technical Operations Unit with the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center.  Since this time, he has been involved in assisting local, state and federal agencies with investigations and operations that have required the use of specialized covert technical equipment in order to maximize the success of their investigations.  He has become particularly proficient in IP video and wireless service provider (cell phone) technologies.  Mackaman is a member of the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA) and the Law Enforcement Technology Forum (LETF) and regularly attends conferences and trainings.

 

Education:

  • Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Cum Laude)
  • Northeast Missouri State University (Truman), Kirksville, MO, 1989
  • Iowa DPS Basic Academy, 1989
  • Numerous classes and training seminars in various investigative and technical subject matter.

 

Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Pennsylvania

​Bob Martin has worked in all aspects of public safety for over 32 years. He started as an Army MP and Patrol Supervisor. He then became a Protection Ranger in the National Park Service (NPS) working his way up from field ranger and supervisor, chief, to regional chief.

He became the Northeast Regional Chief Ranger based in Philadelphia just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  After the attacks, his primary focus was on counterterrorism to improve security operations at our various National Icons. Some of the notable icons in his region included the Statue of Liberty, the USS Constitution, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. He also created a counterterrorism academy where hundreds were trained by U.S. Army Special Forces to meet this new threat. Later, he became the first NPS National Security and Intelligence Program Manager based in Washington, D.C.

After retiring from the NPS, he developed Homeland Security associate's degree programs for four community colleges in Southwest PA.  Martin has taught in the TSA Agent certificate programs at various colleges since 2014 and has been teaching homeland security and emergency management college courses since 2010.

Education:

Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern
Master's in Homeland Security from the American Military University.

John Halbrook

John Halbrook

​John Halbrook joins DMACC Criminal Justice program as an adjunct instructor.  He teaches Homeland Security courses where he brings a public safety background. Halbrook started his career progression as a volunteer for a few non-profit organizations. After gaining an understanding for the Emergency Management industry, he started his career as a Paramedic on a large local ambulance service, and as a volunteer/part time firefighter for a growing suburban fire department. From there, Halbrook moved into work with the State of Iowa's office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management where he designed and conducted training and exercises for partners and officials to learn by doing. Today, he works full time for the Safeguard Iowa Partnership where he helps leverage public and private sector strengths to help each other out during disasters.

 

Jason Piccolo

Jason Piccolo

Virginia

Jason began his teaching career both formally and in-formally with the federal government in 2013 teaching the National Planners' Course.  Jason has served in the federal government since 2000 where he served as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, U.S. Customs Service and Department of Defense Special Agent, Supervisory Deportation Officer, Department of Homeland Security Headquarters' senior staff officer, and current Associate Special Agent in Charge in Washington, D.C.  Jason worked everything from disrupting Cartel smuggling organizations to high-level terrorism investigation involving Al Qaeda to fugitive operations.  Jason served in the U.S. Army from 1993 to 2006, on active duty and in the National Guard.  Jason served as an enlisted soldier in Artillery and Intelligence units.  Jason received his commission as an Infantry Officer and served a tour in Iraq in 2005/2006 as the Anti-Terrorism officer for the Combined Joint Special Operations Command-Arabian Peninsula.

 

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a Master of Forensic Science with a focus on criminalistics from National University.  Jason is currently completing his Doctorate in Strategic Security (all but dissertation) from Henley Putnam University. 

 

Primary teaching interests:  Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Interrogation, and Intelligence. 

Donna Kehr

Donna Kehr

Georgia

​Donna is currently the DMACC/TSA Associates Program Coordinator for DMACC.  Donna spent the last several years working with DMACC in administering the program prior to joining DMACC in July of 2017.

Donna has nearly 15 years of experience in education. As Dean of Student Services at an International Culinary College and as Director of Education for a Regional Technical College,   Donna's focus in both positions was on student success by providing the tools and resources for adult learners that empowered them to achieve their educational goals.

For the last 5 years, Donna was a federal contractor supporting the TSA Associates Program.  While providing communication to over 85 airports nationally (including Guam and Saipan), she played a large role in the TSA's success by implementing large program initiatives to expand distance learning and consolidate the number of partner colleges. This critical initiative enabled those airports to participate in classes collectively. Donna was also key in communicating and coordinating the changes with those colleges and airports.

Education:  MS in Health/Fitness Management and a BA in Physical Education.