Administrative Law Judges

Contact information, including email and phone numbers, for the Division leadership, administrative law judges, and support staff  is available in the Division Directory.

Denise Timmins serves as the chief administrative law judge. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University and law degree from Drake Law School in 1997. Timmins began her career as an assistant Cerro Gordo County attorney where she held a federally-funded position under the Violence Against Women Act. In 1999, she accepted a position at the Iowa Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general. She initially served in the Criminal Appeals Division until 2002 and then transitioned to the Area Prosecutions Division where she remained until coming to the Administrative Hearings Division in 2019.

David Lindgren has served as assistant chief administrative law judge since 2016 and as an administrative law judge with the division since 2010. He is a native of Maquoketa, Iowa, and a graduate of Maquoketa high school. Lindgren attended the University of Iowa where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1993 and his law degree in 1996. After graduation, he worked as a law clerk for the Third Judicial District of Iowa. He then worked as a staff attorney for both the Iowa Court of Appeals and Iowa Supreme Court, as well as an assistant counsel to the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court.

Thomas Augustine joined the division as an administrative law judge in 2018. He graduated from Iowa State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and speech communication. He was also awarded a certificate in Community Leadership and Public Service. After college, Augustine continued his education at Drake University where he earned a juris doctor degree and a master's degree in public administration. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, he served in the Ottumwa and Des Moines Adult Offices of the State Public Defender.  

Kristine Dreckman has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 2002, and her law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School in 2005. Prior to joining the division, she was in private practice and worked for the Iowa Finance Authority. Dreckman is active within the community and local bar, including her service as president of the Polk County Women Attorneys in 2012.

Joseph Ferrentino has served as an administrative law judge with the division since December 2017. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, he worked for Iowa Legal Aid and the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Jonathan Gallagher has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2014. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, graduating summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, graduating with highest distinction. Prior to joining the division, Gallagher was in private practice at BrownWinick, and clerked both for Judge Michael Melloy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and Chief Judge Robert W. Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

Forrest Guddall has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2016. He previously served as an assistant attorney general in the Special Litigation Division of the Iowa Department of Justice from 1995 to 2016. Guddall graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in psychology in 1991, and from the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1994. He is married with two children.  

Carla Hamborg has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2016. She received her bacherlor's degree from Carleton College in 1986 and juris doctor degree from Drake University Law School in 1992. Prior to joining the division, she served as a career law clerk for United States District Court Judge Ronald Longstaff. Additionally, Hamborg practiced law with the Davis Brown Law Firm and taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Drake Law School. She is married with two children.

Tricia Johnston has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2013. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Iowa, and worked in private practice in Iowa City for three years before joining the Appellate Defender’s Office in 1996. Johnston joined the Belin Law Firm in 2004 before returning to state government as an administrative law judge for the Iowa Department of Corrections in 2007.

Laura Jontz has served as an administrative law judge with the division since May 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her law degree from Drake University Law School. Prior to joining the division, Jontz worked for Iowa Legal Aid and taught legal research and writing for the paralegal program at the Des Moines Area Community College.

Emily Kimes-Schwiesow has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2012. She graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998. In 2001, she received her law degree, with honors, from Drake University Law School. Kimes-Schwiesow served for nine years as an assistant attorney general with the Iowa Department of Justice and is a member of the Iowa Bar Association. She is married with two children.

Laura Lockard has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2008. She received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in 1996 and her juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 2003. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she clerked for Judge Robert W. Pratt, United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and practiced law at Iowa Legal Aid.

Alla Mintzer Zaprudsky joined the division as an administrative law judge in 2019. She received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and her law degree from the University of California- Berkeley Law School. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she was in private practice and worked for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. 

Rachel Morgan has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2018. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, graduating with high distinction, and her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. She graduated from law school Order of St. Ives. Prior to joining the division, Morgan was in private practice with a law firm in Denver, Colo., and at BrownWinick in Des Moines, Iowa. She also clerked for Judge Arthur P. Roy for the Colorado Court of Appeals. She is married with four children.

Kathleen M. O’Neill has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2013. She received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. After law school, she served for three years as a judicial law clerk for Judge Terry L. Huitink and Judge Gayle N. Vogel of the Iowa Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, O'Neill worked for the Social Security Administration. She is married with two children.

Barbara Tapscott has served as an administrative law judge with the division since 2010. She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. Tapscott worked as a journalist before obtaining her law degree in 1992 from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to becoming an administrative law judge, she worked in private practice with law firms based in Washington, D.C., West Des Moines, Iowa, and Philadelphia, Pa.

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