Board of Directors

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Steering with heart and mind.

The Board of Directors is made up of nine hardworking volunteers who set the policies for your credit union. They are consistently working to achieve one goal: improving the financial lives of our members. We hold elections for directors every April at the annual meeting. If you’d like to become involved in running YOUR credit union, contact us at boardnominations@linnareacu.org. We’d love to hear from you!


Board of Directors

Joan Auterman
Joan has served on the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors for 45 years and currently serves as Membership Officer. She is a member of the Finance Committee and has served as Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the Board. In addition, Joan volunteers at Mercy Hospital and the History Center. She is a past board member and treasurer for both the Retired Teachers Association and the Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilter’s Association. She has also served on numerous committees for St. Jude’s Church. Joan has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. She is retired after teaching 38 years in the Cedar Rapids School District. Joan has been a Linn Area Credit Union member since 1971.

Margaret Eichhorn
Margaret has held a position on our Board of Directors since March 2011. She is currently the Chairperson of the Finance Committee and a member of the Board Governance & Nominations Committee. Margaret has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance and Accounting – from Tulsa University and is self-employed as a bookkeeper. A member of Linn Area Credit Union since 2011, Margaret and her husband, Rick, have three children and live in Marion.

Joyce Fowler
Joyce has served on our Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently the Chairperson of the Board. She retired from Cedar Rapids Schools in 2009 after having worked for 32 years as a teacher, facilitator, counselor, and principal. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State), and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. Joyce has been a member of Linn Area Credit Union since 1979. She and her husband, Tim, have two grown children — a son and a daughter.

Mike Gillen
Mike has been on our Board of Directors since August 1995, and he currently serves on the Audit Committee and the Board Governance & Nominations Committee. Previously, Mike served as Secretary of the Board, Chairperson of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Credit Committee. Mike is retired from a 42-year career at ADM and has been a member of Linn Area Credit Union since 1991. Mike is a former member of the Teamsters Credit Union board of directors, having served for more than nine years in several capacities, including chairman, audit committee member, and chief financial officer. He has spent 36 years in the credit union movement and is a firm believer in the “people helping people” philosophy. Mike and his wife, Susan, live in Cedar Rapids.

Angie Glick-Martin
Angie joined the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors in 2019, and she is a member of the Finance Committee. Angie is an Associate Broker and Principal at GLD Commercial Real Estate. She recently obtained her SIOR Designation, which has been associated with the highest standard among industrial and office professionals. She has worked with national, regional and local clients in land development; investor purchases/sales; and industrial, office, and retail sales and leases. Outside of real estate, Angie owns a boutique salon in Cedar Rapids that she opened in 2014. She supports several nonprofit organizations through events and donations, including Abbe Center, Waypoint Services, and Last Hope Animal Rescue. Angie is a lifelong resident of eastern Iowa and currently resides in Marion with her husband and children.

Loren Hartelt
Loren has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and currently is serving as Secretary of the Board and Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Formerly, he was a member of the Credit Committee. Loren is a Corporate Real Estate Manager for Collins Aerospace. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business and an Associate Degree from Kirkwood Community College. Loren has been a member of Linn Area Credit Union since 1999. He and his wife, Katie, have two daughters and live in Lisbon.

Richard Ortega
Richard joined the Board of Directors in early 2021. Currently, he serves on the Board Governance & Nominations Committee. He was previously the Secretary of the Credit Committee. Richard has taught in Texas and Iowa schools for 26 years and currently works in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. After the derecho, Richard facilitated a remote learning station at the Catherine McAuley Center, and he continues to volunteer his services. He also coordinates his school’s resource pantry and food distribution through HACAP. Richard is a Navy veteran of 21 years; his service includes deployments to the Middle East. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters of Education Degree in Administration from Tarleton State University. He and his daughter live in Cedar Rapids.

Nick Wagner
Nick has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2015. He is currently Chairperson of the Board Governance & Nominations Committee, after having previously served as Secretary of the Audit Committee. Nick works for Black Hills Energy as VP Colorado Regulatory Affairs and Policy. He previously served as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board and served four years in the Iowa House of Representatives. Nick holds degrees from the University of Iowa in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering. He has been a member of Linn Area Credit Union since 1998. Nick and his wife, Mandie, live in Golden, Colorado.

Jeralyn Westercamp
Jeralyn joined the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors in May 2022. She is the Economic Development Manager at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, where she manages Iowa Venture Mentoring Service. Jeralyn holds several degrees from the University of Iowa: a Master of Business Administration; a Master of Health Administration; a BS in Political Science; and BBAs in Management and Marketing. Her academic achievements at UI also include certificates in leadership; leadership studies; and nonprofit management. Jeralyn is a native Iowan who makes her home in Cedar Rapids. She enjoys being active in her community by volunteering and serving on boards. She has been a member of Linn Area Credit Union since 1991.


Associate Board of Directors

Linn Area Credit Union’s Board of Directors created the Associate Board of Directors in 2022 as part of its succession planning process. Our goal is to find volunteers who have the talent and drive to become a board member; appoint them to the Associate Board; and familiarize them with the board processes. Associate Directors gain valuable experience in how to run a credit union, so when a Director departs the board, an Associate Director will be prepared to move into the open board position. Associate Directors attend regular board meetings and participate in discussions and committees, but they do not have a vote in board motions, decisions, etc. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Associate Board of Directors, we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at boardnominations@linnareacu.org.

Phil Decker
Phil joined the Associate Board of Directors in July 2022 to become more active in the Cedar Rapids community and to use and expand on skills he learned at Collins Aerospace over the past 34 years. He holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Iowa. An Iowa native, Phil continues to work as Manager of Business Systems and Transformation for Raytheon Technologies, a role he has been in since 2018. Previous volunteer experience includes coaching youth sports and assisting at the St. Pius X Catholic Church food pantry. He and his wife Laura have three sons, and they live in Cedar Rapids.

Cameron Flores
Cameron is an inaugural member of the Associate Board of Directors. He decided to become involved with Linn Area because he wants to be part of a board that has a measurable, direct impact on credit union members, as well as the surrounding communities. Cameron grew up near Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Cedar Rapids to attend Coe College, where he graduated with a BA in Economics and Business Administration in 2018. Since 2019, he has worked as a Financial Analyst for Stamats Communications, Inc. Cameron lives in Cedar Rapids, where he enjoys playing ultimate, curling, hunting, biking, and gardening.