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.


Steve Barger

Steve Barger

Chair, TSA Programs
Professor, Criminal Justice
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 3W-32

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.

Associate in Arts Degree from Des Moines Area Community College and Bachelor Degree in Public Administration with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement from Upper Iowa University.

In the event you have TSA Associate Program questions, DMACC Criminal Justice Degree or Certificate questions, or are unable to reach Steve Barger or Donna Kehr, DMACC Criminal Justice Chair Jessica Cole can be contacted at or at 515-964-6615.

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Donna Kehr

Coord, TSA Associates Program

Donna is currently the DMACC/TSA Associate 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.

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Kristin Hixenbaugh

Pathway Navigator for TSA Homeland Security & Criminal Justice
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 3W-32-34C

Kristin has been in the education field for the last 14 years. Kristin began her public service career as a Career Transition Specialist at Job Corp where she used empathetic listening and a strong knowledge of community resources to help clients secure employment. Her success at building strong connections led to her promotion to Senior Career Transition Specialist.

Her career at DMACC began as a consultant for WIOA at Southridge Campus where she developed modifications to curriculum that lead to increased employment opportunities for students in the workforce. Kristin spent 3 years as a Walk-In Academic Advisor on the Ankeny campus. This is where she provided advising in all phases of academic and career planning. Kristin’s knowledge of community resources helped make her specialty students who needed a little more attention and someone to hold them accountable. In conjunction to working as a Walk-In Academic Advisor, this is where Kristin also began teaching Life Skills, Work Readiness, and Basic Computer Applications classes to student inmates at the Polk County Jail. As an educator this has been Kristin’s favorite teaching experiences.

Her true passion in life is Coaching. Kristin currently coaches girls high school basketball, with an emphasis on life skills and problem solving at Des Moines East High School with her sister.

Education: BS in Criminal Justice & Psychology from Upper Iowa University



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Mike Balas

Professor, Criminal Justice TSA
Off Campus

Location: Online

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. 


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.

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Jason Junkens

Professor, Criminal Justice TSA
Off Campus

Location: Online

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.  


BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University; MBA in Business Administration from University of Phoenix; MA in Homeland Security from American Military University.

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Tim Spooner

CJ Club Advisor; Professor, Criminal Justice TSA
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: 3W-32

​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. 


Tim received an Associate in 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.

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Barry Thomas

Assoc Prof, TSA Homeland Security, Criminal Justice
Ankeny Campus
Building/Room: Remote/Online

​Dr. Barry M. Thomas began his law enforcement career with the Story County Sheriff’s Office in 1992 and retired from the same agency on March 30, 2019. During his tenure at the sheriff’s office, he served in many capacities, including time as a jail and patrol deputy, Crime Prevention Officer, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Emergency Response Team member and commander, Dive Team member, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant, and spent over 12 years at the rank of Captain in the position of Chief Deputy. Dr. Thomas was the 2015-2016 President of the FBI National Academy Associates, an international association representing over 17,000 law enforcement administrators worldwide. Dr. Thomas has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACCESS shelter in Ames and for the Iowa Crime Prevention Association. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Guardian Alliance Technologies and is Co-Founder of BCAT Consulting LLC.

In 2008, Dr. Thomas was presented with the distinguished Livio A. Beccaccio Award from the FBI National Academy Associates and the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor by Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Dr. Thomas received both awards for a June 8th, 2007 event in which he saved a young girl’s life by disarming a knife-wielding subject with his bare hands.


Ph.D. in Sociology from Iowa State University, Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University, graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and of the F.B.I. National Academy - Session 223.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 
  • Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office

  • 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 
  • Memphis Airport Police
  • United State State Department
  • South Dakota Emergency Management De​partment
  • Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • FEMA
  • NSA, National Security Administration​


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Ward Crawley

Online Campus

​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. 

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Kenneth Mora

Podgorcia, Montenegro
Ankeny Campus

​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

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Paul Schmick

New York
Online Campus

​Paul J. Schmick is a Media Contributor, Professor and Vice President of Security Technology at Alliance Security headquartered in New York.

At Alliance Security, Paul leadsthe security technology division and serves as the Chief Technology and Operations Officer. In his role, Paul directs Alliance’s security technology strategy and portfolio of managed service offerings which includes surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, bio-metric and cybersecurity technology platforms.

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

Contributing to the academic community, Paul serves as an Adjunct Professor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration Partnership Program at Des Moines Area Community College and instructs coursework in the disciplines of border security, transportation security and cyberterrorism. Paul previously served as the Academic Chair of Homeland Security and Security Management studies at the Long Island Business Institute in New York.​

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

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

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Tina Titze

South Dakota
Online Campus

Tina began her teaching career at DMACC in August 2019, and currently serves as an adjunct homeland security instructor. Tina previously instructed home buyer and credit counseling classes for Consumer Credit Counseling of the Black Hills.

Tina is currently employed as the Director for the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management (SDOEM). Tina has been the Director since January 2015 and served as the Deputy Director for 10 years prior. Tina also serves on the State Emergency Response Commission. Her experience includes serving as the operations section chief, planning section chief, and EOC manager during State Emergency Operations Center activations for various disaster responses. Tina originally joined the SDOEM team in 2000 as the National Floodplain Coordinator and continues to maintain her ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers certification. Tina currently serves on the FEMA National Advisory Council and is the chair of the Federal Insurance and Mitigation subcommittee.

Tina graduated in 2017 from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program. Tina was also nominated by the Governor and selected to be a participant in the European Union Visitor’s Program in 2008. This opportunity allowed Tina to travel overseas to discover how other countries dealt with similar disasters and how they worked to overcome evolving challenges. In 2005, Tina completed the SD Governor’s Leadership Development Course and went on to complete a Master of Science Degree in Administrative Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Prior to the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management, Tina served with the South Dakota Department of Social Services and the State Division of Banking as an auditor.

Tina currently serves her community and school district by serving as President of the Booster Club and previously served on the local school board for 7 years. Tina is married and has two children.


AS in Retail Management from Nettleton Junior College; AS in Business Administration from National College; BS in Business Management from National College; MSAS in Organizational Leadership from the University of South Dakota and a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Executive Leaders Program.​​

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.