Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives


Our Safety & Loss Control department manages safety training and general work procedures training in addition to accident investigation, communicating compliance information, and first aid and CPR training. The department activates the Emergency Preparedness Plan and the Iowa Disaster Plan as needed. We also administer the Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program (RESAP) to promote a proactive safety culture.

IAEC recently formed a collaborative apprenticeship program with the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities and Northwest Iowa Community College. The four-year-program is sanctioned by the Department of Labor and requires 7,000 hours of study, online testing, skill evaluations, and additional testing which is administered onsite by IAEC safety staff.

Photo of John DvorakJohn Dvorak, CLCP / Director of Safety & Loss Control / 515-418-7691 cell

John Dvorak, Director of Safety & Loss Control, joined IAEC in 2010. Prior to IAEC, John worked for Musco Lighting where he traveled worldwide, and he also worked for Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative for more than 30 years as a lineman and operations manager. John has also earned his Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP) certification from NRECA. 




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Carol Schulz / Administrative Coordinator / 515-727-8947 office

Carol has served in this role at IAEC since 2010. Before joining IAEC, Carol worked more than 26 years in the telecommunications industry as an escalation manager in small business sales.





Photo of Scott MeineckeScott Meinecke / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 712-348-2511 cell

Scott joined IAEC in 2017, coming from Northwest Iowa Community College where he taught the Powerline Program for 27 years. Before becoming an instructor, Scott was a lineman for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative. Scott is also active in emergency services in the state as a Captain on a fire department, a member of Iowa Task Force One (Iowa’s Urban Search and Rescue team), and a fire service instructor for the State Fire Marshal’s Office.



Photo of Matt PociaskMatt Pociask, CLCP / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 563-542-9991 cell 

Matt has been with IAEC's safety department since 2012 and previously worked as manager of fleet administration and manager of customer operations with Alliant Energy. With 32 years of industry experience, Matt started his career with various positions at Rice Lake Utilities in Wisconsin, including a meter technician, journeyman lineman, and electric superintendent. Matt currently serves as the vice chair for Quad State Instructors, Inc. and earned his Certified Loss Control Professional credential in 2018.



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Jim Wolfe / Job Training & Safety Instructor / 641-330-0150 cell 

Jim joined IAEC in 2015 and has more than 18 years of utility field experience. Prior to IAEC, he served at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities as the electric services coordinator where he provided safety training for municipal employees and training for the apprenticeship program. Prior to that, Jim spent 13 years at New Hampton Utilities working at the power plant and on the line crew.


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