2018 Spring Training Conference Speakers

History of the Iowa Association of Women Police

Presented by Linda L. Cherry

Linda L. CherryLinda L. Cherry is co-founder (1982) of the Iowa Association of Women Police who also served as its first president (1982-1988) and was the recipient of its first Officer of the Year Award (1989) for her dedication to the promotion of law enforcement as a career choice and professionalism through quality training and education as witnessed by her continual promotion of the Iowa Association. She took the Iowa Association to the international level when it was officially accepted as an Affiliate (1983) of the International Association of Women Police (IAWP). She was recognized and awarded the International Officer of the Year (1989) for her tireless volunteer service work to numerous organizations and her community while effectively promoting the advancement of women in law enforcement careers. She was elected an IAWP Regional Coordinator (1986-1990), appointed Membership Chair (1991-1994), elected Recording Secretary (1992-94) and elected President (1994-1996). She was awarded the IAWP President’s Award (1994) for her work in reviewing and organizing all membership records and holding two highly successful membership drives which grew the IAWP membership from 800 to 2000 and thus she was credited for generating the largest financial gain to the IAWP by any one person’s efforts. She was named the Lois Higgins-Grote Heritage Award Winner (2012) which is the highest tribute given by the IAWP for substantial and significant contributions to women police and the IAWP over a period of years and milestones of the organization as such winners represent the legacy of the IAWP.

She began her law enforcement career with the Ankeny Police Department (1976-1990) serving her hometown community as a dispatcher, patrol officer, and detective. She was named the Optimist Officer of the Year (1979) for outstanding and dedicated work with the youth of the community through the establishment of an alternative to the legal system for first time juvenile offenders. Governor Terry Branstad appointed her to the first E-9-1-1 Commission (1986-1990) which was established to write legislation to make 9-1-1 a reality and accessible statewide. She also received a Governor’s appointment to the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council (1988-1990) which reviewed law enforcement officer misconduct matters and made determinations regarding an officer’s certification. Attorney Tom Miller appointed her to serve on the first Crime Victim Assistance Board (1990) which regulated and heard crime victim reparation claims.

She served the U.S. Marshals Service as a Deputy U.S. Marshal (1990-1999) assigned to the Southern District of Iowa in Des Moines and was the recipient of the Director’s Special Achievement Award (1991) for her efforts in effectively convincing the U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters to utilize the IAWP annual training conferences to recruit women deputy applicants. She was promoted to Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal (1999) for the District of Arizona, Tucson sub-office, the largest sub-office in the nation. She worked stints on every desk in the district including Civil, Seized Assets, Administrative, Operations, Cellblock, Prisoner Operations, and Fugitive Investigations before retiring (2010).

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree (1981) in Law Enforcement from Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny, IA and her Bachelor of Science Cum Laude (1992) from Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA.

Since retiring (2010) she has settled in Henderson, NV where most days you’ll find her on the golf course but she continues her life-long pattern of giving back through volunteer work in her age-restricted community, at the golf course, and at her church.

Officer Involved Shooting: Lessons Learned

Presented by Special Agent Mike Krapfl

Mike KrapflThis presentation examines a four-year period of officer-involved shootings involving local and state police officers investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation in the State of Iowa.  We will examine 1) use of force decision making factors in individual cases; 2) aggregate data from several dozen OIS incidents; 3) identify best practices for training investigators how to investigate use of force incidents; and 4) discuss training implications.

Mike Krapfl is a Special Agent in Charge in the Major Crimes Unit of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and works closely with the OIS data from cases investigated by the Major Crimes Unit.  SAC Krapfl has been in the Major Crimes Unit as a Supervisor and Agent for 17 years and has 24 years law enforcement experience.  SAC Krapfl graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.

Calming the Chaos, Reducing Workplace Trauma and Drama

Presented by Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen)

Jen McDonoughIn her roles as a motivational storyteller, engaging Amazon Top 100 author, and business coach, Jen McDonough (aka The Iron Jen) empowers the Everyday Hero to unleash their very best. Jen and her family are most known for paying off over $212,000 worth of debt and medical expenses in 4 years. Their story has been featured in local, national and international media.

She is also an 8-time national weightlifter, MN Hall of Fame, and 2-time US Olympic Festival medal winner as well as an Ironman triathlete. All 3 of her books have hit Amazon’s Top 100 categories including her book 5 Minutes a Day to Living Beyond Rich which hit #1 under Amazon’s budgeting category.

Jen McDonough will give talks on Calming the Chaos: Besides working in ever changing work environments, those who serve in our first responder and law enforcement service areas can become fatigued, stressed, and burnt out from all the day –to day pressures they are faced with. In this talk, audience members will discover how to unleash their best and in the process tame the chaos in their work and home environments using simple techniques that will empower them to overcome their obstacles.

Workshop session Reducing Trauma and drama through Understanding Personality Styles: Can you imagine how much trauma and drama could be reduced in our home and work lives if we just understood how we were wired and how we could learn to work in our strengths? In this fun and engaging talk, participants will learn how to recognize the strengths, weaknesses, fears, stressors, and motivators for each of the personality styles so they can better understand how to find strength for themselves and also understand the personality styles around them in order to reduce much of the trauma and drama that we all face in our work and personal relationships.

Integrating Combat Hapkido into Law Enforcement

Presented by Grandmaster Michael Rowe

Michael RoweThis 2 hour survey course will discuss and demonstrate the need to augment the standard defensive tactics theory and methodologies covered in pre-service and in-service training with the skills that are at the Core of the Combat Hapkido curriculum. Topics covered include:  Expanded situational awareness, ranges of combat, core combat competencies (such as bio-mechanical manipulation, anatomical targeting strategies, balance displacement, escalation/escalation strategies, and transitional bridges between non-violent interaction, physical confrontations, and defensive tools.

Michael Rowe is regarded as a Renaissance Man of sorts, with expertise in many areas regarding safety, security, criminal justice, military combatives and personal protection.

He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems and a M.A. in Homeland Security and has dedicated over 38 years of his life to the study, practice, research and instruction of the arts and sciences of self-defense, military combatives, and defensive tactics. He holds an 8th Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido, 5thDegree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and a 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo. He is a certified Grandmaster of Combat Hapkido and Master of Taekwondo. Additionally, he is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor through the Human Factors Research Group and the International Police Defensive Tactics Institute (IPDTI).

Michael is a Retired Navy Master-at-Arms (Navy Police Force) where he served 22 years of distinguished service including three mobilizations to the Middle East. He was a qualified patrolman, watch supervisor, security team leader, criminal investigator, correctional detention specialist, and protective service specialist. He is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he completed the first navy Reserve Master-at-Arms NCIS Basic Agent program and was a qualified Armed Operational Representative for NCIS.  He currently serves in Nebraska at the Douglas County Department of Corrections as a line officer, Field Training Officer, and Defensive Tactics Instructor. He is a qualified Administrative Confinement/Administrative Segregation Officer, and a part of the Crisis Intervention Team.

In addition to his law enforcement duties Michael also is the Founder of Alpha Omega Martial Arts, a Nebraska Non-Profit Organization dedicated to teaching rural residents the arts and sciences of self-defense.


  • Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist
  • Certified Homeland Security Level IV
  • Certified Disaster Specialist Level I
  • Certified Sensitive Secured Information Specialist
  • Use of Force Instructor – Human Factors Research Group
  • Taser Instructor
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor – International Police Defensive Tactics Association
  • First Aid / CPR Instructor
  • Crisis Intervention Certified
  • Verbal Communications Instructor

Combat First Aid for Law Enforcement

Presented by Sgt. Michael Martinez

Sgt. Michael MartinezSSG Michael Martinez, an Army Combat Medic and Tactical Medicine instructor, cares about training Soldiers. He has been doing that for over twenty years. Now, he has turned his attention to law enforcement Tactical Medicine.

Raised in Los Angeles, California, SSG Michael Martinez is a Combat Veteran with over 20 years of military experience. He graduated from the University of California, in Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. He is a certified Combat Medic Instructor with the 185th Regional Training Institute (RTI) at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He is also a senior Army Medical Department (AMEDD) primary medical Instructor for the Combat Medic MOS-T course as well as a NAEMT, TCCC instructor. Training Medics has been Martinez’s passion; he has trained over 2500 combat medics all over the United States as well as internationally, including Egypt and Afghanistan.

SSG Martinez is now a full time, active duty, Army medical instructor with Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC), in Johnston, Iowa. He is the program director and primary instructor of the Tactical Medicine Training program for federal, state, and local Law enforcement agencies, and tactical response teams (S.W.A.T.). SSG Martinez has trained over 2500 law enforcement officers from over 40 different agencies, including variety of federal agents, such as U.S. Marshals, DEA, Ice, DHS, border patrol tactical, and search and rescue teams (BORSTAR).

SSG Martinez is in charge of developing military to military, as well as military to civilian courses on tactical medicine, that will transition lessons learned by army medics on the battlefield to law enforcement personnel.

SSG Martinez has had multiple deployments, he was awarded the Combat Medic Badge for his actions in Afghanistan, as well as, a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. His Last deployment was to Afghanistan, Kunar Province, forward operating base Wright.

He will give a talk on life saving techniques during “Tactical Medicine for Patrol”.

Gender Discrimination and Legal Options

Presented by Ann Holden Kendell and Tanya Zaglauer Schmell

Ann Holden KendallAnn Holden Kendell is a member of BrownWinick and practices primarily in the area of employment law and commercial litigation.

Ann counsels employers in human resources policies and procedures; unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower issues; FMLA; Iowa state and federal wage and hour issues; restrictive covenants (non-competes, non-solicitation agreements and confidentiality agreements); and drug testing policies and procedures, as well as handles employment litigation. She conducts management training concerning drug testing and personnel issues and has served as an investigator for clients regarding misconduct, discrimination and harassment allegations. Ann represents her clients in front of administrative agencies, such as Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and in arbitration, as well as state and federal courts. She has had successful jury trials obtaining defense verdicts on sexual harassment, gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation claims. Ann has also litigated and enforced restrictive covenants on behalf of employers and litigated other commercial disputes. Ann frequently speaks and writes articles on various employment law topics and is a trained and experienced mediator hired by other attorneys to assist in resolving cases.

Since 2010, Ann has been listed in Chambers USA® as a leading attorney in the area of Labor and Employment in the State of Iowa. In Best Lawyers of America®, Ann has been listed in the areas of Litigation – Labor and Employment (2013); Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management (2012); Labor and Employment Law (2011) and Labor and Employment Law (2010) for the State of Iowa. Ann has also been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in the Employment and Labor Law area.

Ann is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Labor and Employment Sections) and American (Member, Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections) Bar Associations. She is a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys, where she served as its President in 2006 after serving on its Board in various capacities since 2000.

Ann received her B.S. degree in history from Iowa State University in 1995 and her J.D. from Drake University Law School in 1998. She was admitted to the Iowa bar, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and United States Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. After graduation, Ann clerked for Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris until she entered private practice in August of 1999.

Tanya Zaglauer SchmellTanya Zaglauer Schmell recently retired from the West Des Moines Police Department as a Patrol Sergeant.  Over the last 20 years in law enforcement, she has been involved in many aspects of the police department, including fifteen years as a negotiator and Team Leader with the Special Emergency Response Team. She developed and maintained relationships with individuals with mental health issues. She has assisted in developing programs and legislation throughout the years and received numerous awards for her service within her profession. Tanya has developed and implemented numerous training programs for organizations, civic groups, schools, and law enforcement agencies.

She volunteered for 15 years with the Red Cross in providing peer support and critical incident stress management services to first responders.  Since 2009, Tanya has worked extensively with returning combat veterans and law enforcement agencies throughout the world in topics related to critical incident, combat and police stress, police/veteran suicide, peer support and encountering individuals with mental health issues.

Tanya has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Iowa State University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University.  She has given extensive trainings in the fields of peer support, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), police suicide, law enforcement working with the mentally ill, and law enforcement working with transitioning veterans.  Recently, she has developed a mid-level management course for the Saudi Arabian police.

Tanya will present an overview of her personal experience with the West Des Moines Police Department.  Discuss topics of harassment and discrimination related to command staff, co-workers and the police community.  The physical and psychological results that come from the stressors of experiencing discrimination.  The personal impact on family and friends.  And the “real life” truth of the legal, financial and career aspects of filing a civil rights complaint.