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 three directors every April at the annual meeting. If you’d like to become involved in running YOUR credit union, we’d love to hear from you!

Joan Auterman

Joan has served on the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors for 41 
years and currently is Vice Chairperson. She is a member of the Executive Committee and has served as 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 Catholic 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 and her husband, Tom, have been Linn Area Credit Union members since 1971.

Kent Baker

Kent has served on the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors for 22 years and currently is the Chairperson of the Board as well as the ALCO Committee. He is past chairman of the
 board for the Cedar Rapids Downtown District. Kent is retired after being the vice president of United Fire & Casualty Company for 22 years. Kent and his wife, Babette, have a son and a daughter
 and became members of the credit union when United Fire affiliated with Linn Area Credit Union in 1995. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science from Truman University.

Margaret Eichhorn

Margaret has held a position on our Board of Directors since March 2011. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer, and she serves on the Credit Committee. Margaret has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance and Accounting – from Tulsa University and owns a small bookkeeping business for nonprofits. A member of Linn Area Credit Union since 2011, Margaret and her husband, Rick, have three children and live in Marion.

Joyce Fowler

Joyce retired in 2009 after having worked for Cedar Rapids Schools 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 NE 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 has served on our Board of Directors since 2012 and is currently Secretary of the Audit Committee. Joyce 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 as Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Previously, Mike served as Secretary of the Board and as a member of the Credit Committee. Mike is a supervisor at ADM, where he has worked for 39 years. He 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 in several capacities, including chairman, audit committee member, and chief financial officer. Mike and his wife, Susan, live in Cedar Rapids.

Loren Hartelt

Loren has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and currently is Secretary of the Credit Committee. Loren is a project manager with Shive-Hattery, Inc. 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.

Darla Petersen

Darla has been on the Linn Area Credit Union Board of Directors for the past 10 years serving as Secretary of the Board. Darla also serves on the Credit Committee. Darla retired from Shive-Hattery, Inc. as a project manager. Darla has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Mount Mercy College. Darla has served as president of Cedar Rapids Rotary West, served as a Mount Mercy Alum Scholarshare campaign member, and on various other committees. She is a member of the Project Management Institute. Darla’s volunteer activities include working with the Cedar Rapids Community School District art collection committee and with Gems of Hope. Darla and her husband, Gregg, have two sons and have been Linn Area Credit Union members for 40 years.

Howard Rattner

Howard is completing his 36th year on Linn Area Credit Union’s Board of Directors. He served as Chairman of the Board for many years. Currently, he serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the ALCO Committee. Prior to his retirement, Howard was a counselor at Franklin Middle School and was with the Cedar Rapids Schools for 37 years. He is a lifetime member of NEA. Howard and his wife, Diane, have two grown daughters. They have been Linn Area Credit Union members since 1961.

Nick Wagner

Nick has served on our Board of Directors since 2015. Currently, he chairs the Credit Committee. In May 2013, Governor Branstad appointed Nick to the Iowa Utilities Board. Prior to that appointment, Nick served four years in the Iowa House of Representatives. He also was director of quality management at the ESCO Group. 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 Marion.