JATC Staff

Steve Hansen - Training Director
Steve HansenSteve currently serves as the Director of Training for the Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship. He is responsible for overseeing the training needs of over 200 apprentices and the day to day operations of the training center. He is a Master Electrician with the State of Iowa and former instructor with the Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship. Steve is an authorized OSHA outreach instructor and a State of Iowa CEU instructor. Steve grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Des Moines Technical High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he worked on B-52 bombers as an Electronic Countermeasures Technician. Steve has been a member of I.B.E.W. Local 347 since 1991 and completed his apprenticeship in 1995. He finished an Associate in Science degree in 1995 from Des Moines Area Community College.
Steve Sesker - Asst. Director of Training
Steve Sesker

Steve holds the position of Assistant Director for the apprenticeship. He is responsible for the coordination for veterans and unemployment benefits, interviews, etc.

Steve grew up and graduated from Maxwell High School, Maxwell Ia. in 1978. After leaving the farm in 1983 he started his production/operations experience at Donnelly Marketing in Nevada Ia Steve has worked at such companies as Shazam, Regulus, Wells Fargo before coming to IEA. Steve's experience is in customer service, project management, staff management, production/operations as both labor and management, plus many other cost savings initiatives. Steve has been happily married to his wife Shellee for over 30 years and have 3 grown children and enjoys spending time with them and their families. Steve is active in his Church and enjoys spending his time doing handyman jobs for his family, friends and church. Steve believes in leading by example and looks for ways to things smarter not harder.

Lois Voyna - Secretary
Lois Voyna

Lois holds the position of receptionist/administrative assistant for the apprenticeship. As receptionist, she is required to have contact with a unique customer base ranging from apprentice applicants, labor leaders and business owners. She is responsible for scheduling and preparing all JATC meetings, processing applications to the apprenticeship, scheduling applicant interviews and utilizing the computerized data system in tracking apprentice as well as journeymen training records. Lois has been employed at the apprenticeship since April 2002 and enjoys all aspects of her job.

Lois is a native of Cresco, IA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UNI and has lived and worked in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida before moving to the Des Moines area in 1988. Lois has a son, Jason who lives and works in downtown Des Moines.

Barb Mentzer - Instructor
Barb Mentzer

Barbara joined the JATC in September 2015. She is a Master Electrician and certified Electrical Inspector. Barbara turned out in 1999, has been a member of Local 347 since 1995 and worked in the field until January 2005 when she took a job as an inspector with the City of Altoona. She is the secretary for the Iowa Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and has represented them on Code Making Panel 13 for the NEC. She is currently working on completing her NTI training.

Barbara grew up in Woodward and graduated from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake prior to going through the apprenticeship. She retired from being a volunteer in the Fire Service in Jan 2013 after almost 20 years as a volunteer fire/medic and officer. She now lives with her husband Scott, who is a JW, and two of their children. Daphne is a sophomore and Danika is in 4th grade. Their son, Cody, graduated in 2014. They keep busy with the girls many activities including softball, basketball, swimming, 4H, Girl Scouts, marching band, drama and equestrian. When not at an activity during the warmer months, the family can be found on Lake Red Rock cruising on their pontoon, “Gator Done”.

Tony L. Short - Instructor
Tony L. Short

Tony joined the Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship in 2016. He has always had an interest and enjoyment in sharing any knowledge he may have attained throughout his 25 years in the field. Working for the Apprenticeship felt like a natural progression, where he could give back to I.B.E.W.347, and an industry who gave him the opportunity for a career, and the ability to support his wife and 3 children. He was with Gurnsey Electric L.C. for 17 years. He is looking forward to the opportunity to do his part in training the next generation of Electrical Workers.

Tony grew up in Des Moines, and is a graduate of East High School. He remains an eastsider, with his wife Bobbie (a SEP transplant), and their two dogs. Together they have 3 grown children, Stephen, Jacob, and Jessica. He enjoys his time in their church, where he also teaches, and spending time with his family. He and his wife like to spend their free time walking, biking, fishing, generally keeping active and enjoying each other’s company.

Derek Ingle - Instructor
Derek Ingle

Derek studied education at Simpson College in Indianola. He had planned to teach the sciences in a High School setting, but chose to pursue something that would pay better to allow him to support his wife's desire to be a stay at home mom. He found that electrical work was an engaging field with many hands-on applications of physics, his favorite field in science. He completed the apprenticeship program in 2009 as the Distinguished Graduate that year. Derek has worked in an industrial setting for the last several years at John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny, gaining experience in conduit bending, power distribution, motor controls, programmable logic controllers, variable frequency drives, etc.

Derek lives in Prairie City, where he grew up, with his wife Amy and their sons Brighton and Caleb. He is active in the Church where he participates in teaching, song leading, and speaking. Derek is a voracious reader, an amateur metal sculptor, an entrepreneur, and has an interest in languages, speaking English, Spanish, and learning French. He is excited to be back in teaching, and really enjoys working with students.

Heather Talbot - Instructor
Heather Talbot

Heather joined the JATC as a full time instructor in April of 2014. She has been employed in the low voltage field and a member of Local 347 since 2002.

All apprentices will have Heather as their instructor at some point in their apprenticeship. She will be instructing mainly the low voltage curriculum including structured cabling, access control, intrusion detection, CCTV, fire alarm, building automation and several others.

In her spare time, which she claims is very little; she enjoys photography, travel, water sports, bicycling, her many pets and spending time with her grown son, Hunter. Heather grew up and continues to live near Milo.

Scott Pederson - Instructor
Scott Pederson

Scott joined the apprenticeship as an instructor in 2014.  He is responsible for sections of the Inside, Low Voltage and Residential programs.  These programs include conduit bending, orientation, structured cabling, fiber optic, and DC theory. Scott was raised in Des Moines and graduated from Roosevelt High School.  He lives in Johnston with his wife Jen and combined they have three children: Chelsea, Cole, and Nick.  Scott enjoys spending time with his family, working on projects around the house, and watching his kids play basketball and football.  He completed his apprenticeship in 1995 and has been an I.B.E.W. Local 347 union member since 1991.  Scott is currently in the process of completing his NTI Training.