Iowa C.O.P.S.

Honoring our fallen officers by providing support for the survivors left behind.

Board Members

Executive board

John Pohlman

Position: President

John started his law enforcement career in 1999 with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.  While there he worked patrol and narcotics with the Mid Iowa Narcotics Task Force.  In 2010 John was hired by the Polk County Sheriff's Office and shortly after became a K9 handler.  John has been a part of Iowa C.O.P.S. events including fund raising, responding to critical incidents, training events, and most importantly peer and survivor support.

Michael Messerich

Position: Vice President, PSOB coordinator

Mike has been serving as a Trooper with the Iowa State Patrol since 2006 and is currently assigned to District 12 - Stockton in Eastern Iowa. Mike enjoys being outdoors and stays active running, biking, hunting and fishing. Mike has assisted in numerous fundraising and training events for C.O.P.S.

Adam Herman

Position: Secretary

Adam has been a member of the military since 2002 and started his law enforcement career in 2008.  In 2013 Adam was hired by the Des Moines Police Department where he is currently assigned to patrol services.  Adam saw firsthand the support that Iowa C.O.P.S. provided during the death of Lt. Pat Richardson.  This sparked his interest in becoming a part of the organization.  Since then Adam has provided assistance to Iowa C.O.P.S. including the inaugural Black and Blue Ball in 2015.

Ryan Repp

Position: Trustee

Ryan began his law enforcement career in March 2000 with the Newton PD. In his career, he served as an FTO, Taser Instructor and in a community relations capacity before leaving in 2009. He currently works as the Communications Manager for Brownells, a firearm-related company serving law enforcement and military personnel across the U.S. Ryan was affected by the line of duty loss of his good friend and FTO, Lt. Pat Richardson, who suffered a heart attack while training for a PT test.

Nate Haupert

Position: Trustee

Nathan started his law enforcement career in 2003 with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. In 2007, he was hired by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Bureau as a Conservation Officer in Northwest Iowa. Nathan became involved with Iowa C.O.P.S. after the line of duty death of his best friend and co-worker, Jamie Buenting in 2013.

Joel Hall

Position: Trustee

Tiffany Ehler

Position: Past President

Tiffany is married to Sgt. Joel Elder. Tiffany became involved in C.O.P.S. the fall of 2011 in the midst of losing a coworker, friend, and departmental brother in a tragic line of duty death. During this time. Tiffany experienced firsthand C.O.P.S. mission. She knew that this was an organization that she wanted to become involved with. Since then, Tiffany has been a part of many C.O.P.S. events including fund raising, responding to critical incidences, National Police Week, training events, and most of all survivor support.

Toni Galetich-Christofferson

Position: Chapter Coordinator

Toni is a sister of Polk County Deputy and Metro Stars SWAT team member Todd Galetich. Toni became involved in C.O.P.S the fall of 2011. Being a family member to a police officer, Toni has a deep understanding of the survivor support these families need. Toni has assisted in numerous fundraising and training events for C.O.P.S .

Non-Voting Board Members & Committee Chairs

Mark Ludwick

Position: PSOB coordinator

Mark has been a Police Officer with the Iowa Department of Public Safety since 1997, currently a Special Agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Mark is a Paramedic with the City of West Des Moines and has over twenty years in EMS. Mark's been with Iowa C.O.P.S. since 2010 and his specialties include funeral response, training departments, and public safety officer benefits.