2019 IaAWP Spring Training Conference Speakers

The Pink Patch Project

The #PinkPatchProject is a collaborative effort among public safety agencies that have partnered together to combat breast cancer by raising public awareness and to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment. Chief Matherly will discuss #PinkPatchProject presence in Iowa and beyond.

Chief Jody Matherly
Chief Jody Matherly has 36 years of experience as a police officer in Michigan and Iowa. He served fourteen of those years are as Police Chief in Grinnell and Altoona before being hired in January 2017, as Police Chief in Iowa City. He holds a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Technology/Police Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He serves on the executive board of the Iowa Police Chiefs Association and on a committee with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. His hobbies include golf and following college and international wrestling.


Legal Aid

Michelle Jungers
I will present on Iowa Legal Aid generally. Iowa Legal Aid is a non-profit providing free legal services for low income and marginalized persons with civil legal issues. Many times it seems that civil legal issues intersect with police work. I will present on the help we can provide in many areas including landlord tenant issues and domestic abuse/family law. I am the Managing Attorney of the Waterloo Regional Office of Iowa Legal Aid. I have worked for Iowa Legal Aid since 2007. I am a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Internal Violence Within Relationships & Case Study

Sergeant Scott Stevens
Sergeant Scott Stevens has been a peace officer with the Iowa City Police Department since 2003 and is currently assigned to the Investigations Division. Sgt. Stevens earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in counseling from the University of Iowa in 2002. For the past five years, Sgt. Stevens served as Iowa City’s Domestic Violence Investigator where he worked on incidents of domestic abuse, harassment, stalking, and violations of protective orders.


First on Scene

Across the nation law enforcement officials usually arrive to the scene first. Do you know what to do? Have you thought how best to serve the medical team? The “First on Scene” presentation will discuss how to handle common medical and trauma calls as well as how to interact with the medical team to meet the common goal of patient care.

Michael Aguilar, Paramedic, Education Supervisor
Johnson County Ambulance
Michael has 28 years of EMS experience and also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Kirkwood Community College for their EMS programs.
Fun fact: Once retired, he would like to go to culinary school.

Kari Horton, Paramedic, EMS Instructor
Johnson County Ambulance
Kari has 9 years of EMS provider experience and enjoys instructing EMS students, health care professionals and the public. Kari grew up in rural Iowa and understands the challenges the emergency personnel are facing. In her personal time, Kari and her main man Tank enjoy the outdoors and frequent trips to the dog park.


Reducing Racial Disparities, Juvenile Diversion Program, Panel Discussion

The Johnson County juvenile diversion program is a collaboration between local school, police, county and court representatives. The program started as a capstone project in 2013, when a team from Johnson County attended a conference hosted by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The program teaches attendees how to reduce racial disparities and recidivism in local juvenile justice systems. The Johnson County program, which was originally created to address disorderly conduct charges in schools, has been expanded to include other simple misdemeanors. Over the past four years, it has reduced both disproportionality and recidivism rates. Team members are working with other counties and at the state level to develop similar models for diversion of simple misdemeanor offenses.

Judge Deborah Minot
Judge Minot, Iowa City, was appointed to the bench in 2010. As a District Associate Judge for the Sixth Judicial District, Judge Minot presides over criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of assistance, and termination of parental rights cases. She is a member of the Iowa Judges Association and a fellow of the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. She has presented at national conferences about local reforms in juvenile delinquency. Judge Minot co-chairs the Iowa Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Juvenile Procedure and has been a member of the Juvenile Court Services Workload Formula Committee and the Supreme Court Senior Judge Task Force.


Acute & Complex Trauma

Dr. Matthew Vasquez
Dr. Vasquez recently joined the University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Social Work, and currently teaches in the trauma-informed MSW program. His current area of research focuses on the effects of body-based interventions (e.g., Tai Chi, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga) on trauma and mental health, along with the evaluation of affiliative, body-based interventions in school settings. His other research interests include the examining the benefits of infusing trauma-informed care practices in residential treatment facilities, in-patient mental health units, and school-based curricula, along with how to effectively educate social workers and other service professionals on the salient neurobiological aspects of trauma. Dr. Vasquez has presented his research on the effects of trauma and innovative clinical approaches to its treatment at both state and national conferences. As a clinician, Dr. Vasquez uses a body-centered, integrated approach to the treatment of trauma, and has clinical experience working with a broad range of individuals who have experienced multiple and severe forms of psychological trauma. Dr. Vasquez is affiliated with the Midwest Trauma Services Network of Hubbard, Nebraska, and the International Trauma Center of Boston, Massachusetts.