Ms. Schaefer graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minors in Sociology and History. She then worked as a victim advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault before entering law school in 1998. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001 with Distinction and was admitted to the Iowa Bar later that year.
After a brief time clerking for the 7 th Judicial District of Iowa and a year in private practice, she joined the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office in 2003 where she prosecuted sexual abuse and child endangerment cases, as well as other felonies. She left the office in 2011 to teach in the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration program at Western Illinois University. However, her passion for serving her community in the area of prosecution, led her to run for Des Moines County Attorney in 2018. She took office in 2019.
Trent Henkelvig is an Iowa native born and raised in Algona, Iowa graduating from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1992. From that point he enlisted in the Army where he spent 4 years in the 82 nd Airborne then after completion of his first tour on active duty he enlisted in the National Guard where he served the remainder of his twenty-year career.
He graduated from Drake Law School in 2007 and was admitted into the Iowa Bar in 2009 at which time he was in private practice from 2009 -2021 when he accepted a position with the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office.
Kollan Kolthoff is an Assistant County Attorney with the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office. Kollan graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Applied Studies with an emphasis in Political Science & Criminal Justice.
Kollan then attended Drake University in Des Moines and received his juris doctorate as well as certificates in public service and prosecution & defense.
Ms. Quartucci received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and then went on to get her Juris Doctorate at Valparaiso University School of Law.
Mr. Scarborough graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate from Drake Law School in 2013.
After a short time in private practice in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he joined the Des Moines County Attorney’s Office in 2015 as an Assistant County Attorney.
Erin Stensvaag is the Assistant County Attorney assigned to Child in Need of Assistance and mental health cases. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 2007 and the University of Iowa Law School in 2010. She has been a licensed attorney in good standing since 2010.
After working at the Henry County Attorney’s Office for six years after graduation, she began working in Des Moines County in 2017.