Board of Directors

Larry W. Ridenour, Chairperson

Davenport, Iowa resident Larry Ridenour was initially elected to the credit union board of directors in 1991 and again in 1993 serving to present date. Larry joined Alcoa Davenport Works in 1966 retiring after 30 years as CAD CAM Programmer. Larry is the past Chairperson of Alcoa DavPak and a member of the 25 year club. Larry received an associate's degree in numerical control programming, computer aided drafting and CAD CAM Programming. Larry has served in the capacity as Chairperson of the board of directors, Vice Chairperson, Chairperson of the Credit and Audit Committees, ALCO Committee, and has served as the Chief Financial Officer. 

Larry currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board, Executive Committee Chairperson, Personnel Chairperson, Community Development Financial Institution Committee Chairperson, Cyber Security Committee Chairperson, Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Chairperson and ALCO Committee Chairperson. He has additionally served on the Building, Nominating, Strategic Planning, Disaster Recovery, Board & Director Policy Updates Chairperson and Marketing Committees. He was the recipient of the Iowa Credit Union 2014 Cooperative Spirit Award for exemplifying the spirit of the credit union industry and the communities they serve. 

During Larry's tenure on the credit union board of directors he has completed the financial achievement program and CUNA’s Professional Development Program. This experience has given him significant insight into the operation of the Credit Union. Larry was instrumental in forming the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation to focus on large-impact community giveback. The foundation has has made a positive impact on the lives of many.

Troy Smith, Vice Chairperson

Troy Smith was elected to the credit union board of directors in February 1995. In 1989, he joined Alcoa, Inc. as a mechanical engineer. Troy worked in the maintenance, engineering and marketing departments until 2004 when he accepted a corporate position as consultant to all rolling locations worldwide. On January 1, 2008, Troy left Alcoa to become General Manager of Chrome Deposit Corporation; a company specializing in grinding, texturing and chrome plating rolls for the steel and aluminum industry. While this change in jobs caused Troy and his family to relocate to Ohio, the California native still considers the Quad Cities his 'home' along with his wife, Jardelina, 16-year-old daughter, Leticia, and 8-year-old son, Gabriel. Troy received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and an MBA from St. Ambrose University. Troy currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Board, Executive Committee Vice Chairperson and Disaster Recovery & IT Technology Committee Chairperson. He has additionally served as the Chairperson, Chief Financial Officer, Credit Committee Chairperson, Building Committee Chairperson, Strategic Planning Session Chairperson; and on the Executive, Nominating, Directors Policy, ALCO, Building and Staff Personnel Policies Committees at the credit union.

Larry Ketelsen, Secretary 

Larry Ketelsen is a resident of Clinton, Iowa and joined the Members Choice Community Credit Union Board of Directors in 1969. He served as Vice Chairperson, Chairperson of the Audit and Credit Committees, and on the Executive Committee. He currently serves as the Board Secretary, Executive Committee Secretary, Disaster Recovery & IT Technology Committee Secretary. A graduate of Clinton Community College with an associate's degree, Larry is a retired Lab Technician. He worked for Clinton Corn for 21 years and Sethness Products for 25 years. Larry was the recipient of 2015 Heritage Award given by the Iowa Credit Union League to individuals demonstrating extraordinary commitment, service and leadership in the credit union movement. Larry enjoys golf, and volunteering at Zion Lutheran Church, Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Margo, have two sons and one granddaughter.

Mary Soeder, Treasurer

Mary is a Bettendorf, Iowa resident and worked at Alcoa for 34 years in Supply Chain Management as a Secretary, Coordinator, Order Editor, Plate Planner and Customer Service Delivery Specialist. She retired in 2002 and is a current member of the Alcoa 25 year club. A graduate from Assumption High School and the American Institute of Commerce (AIC) in business, Mary has also completed Excel, Access and Word computer classes at Scott Community College. Mary currently serves as Treasurer of the board, Executive Committee Treasurer, Nominating Committee Chairperson, Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Treasurer, Community Development Financial Institution Committee Treasurer and serves on the Personnel Committee. She has also served on the following board committees: Audit, Credit, Building, Nominating, Strategic Planning Session, Disaster Recovery & IT Technology. Mary is also a member of the Mississippi Valley Quilting Guild.

Woody Perkins, Credit Committee Chairperson
Woody attended college for financial planning in Denver and at Black Hawk College. He was a Certified Financial Planner for 25 years. He has been affiliated with the credit union since 1999 and was elected to the board in 2007. Woody is retired as the CFO at Nehlsen Communications where he worked for over 31 years. He currently serves as the Credit Committee Chairperson and serves on the Executive Committee and Personnel Committee. He has served as the board Treasurer and on the Audit Committee. He has been a board member for Boys and Girls Club of the Quad Cities, and President and Treasurer of Valley Shelter Homes. He has been Treasurer at Edwards UCC Church and has served on the Endowment Board. He has served as a mediator for Scott County Small Claims Court, and has served as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

Gary Schocker, Audit Committee Chairperson

Gary Schocker returned to the credit union board in February 2000, after having served a two-year term from 1992 to 1994. He completed 2 years at Iowa State, studied accounting at Palmer Junior College, and has over 25 years’ experience in updating and training on Income Tax preparation. Gary retired from Alcoa in 2014 where he worked for 30 years. He currently works part-time at Menards and enjoys spending his free time actively involved in his grandchildren's lives. His volunteer activities include serving as a soccer official, former Dad's Club member, choir member for his local church, and member of Barbershop Harmony Society (close harmony a cappella style music). Gary currently serves as the Audit Committee Chairperson, Nominating Committee Secretary, Cyber Security Committee Secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee. He has served on the Building, Credit, Personnel, Disaster Recovery & IT Technology and Board Policy Updates Committees.  

Dan Birdsley, Personnel Committee Secretary

Dan Birdsley is a life long resident of the Clinton and Camanche area. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from St. Ambrose and joined the Members Choice Community Credit Union Board of Directors in 1998. During his time on the Members Choice Community Credit Union Board of Directors he served on the following board committees: Audit, Credit, Executive, Nominating, Personnel, and has served as the board Secretary. On the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors, Dan currently serves as Personnel Committee Secretary and a member of the Credit Committee and Disaster Recovery & IT Technology Committee. He has served with the Clinton County Sheriff's Department for 30 years and retired in 2013. Dan has served on the Board of Directors for Prince of Peace Catholic School. He and his wife, LeeAnn, reside in Clinton and have two children and five grandchildren. They are both active members of the Church of the Visitation in Camanche.

Laura Curtis

Davenport, Iowa resident Laura Curtis has been employed with PB Leiner, formerly known as Hormel Foods Corporation, for over 25 years. Her current position is Sr. Accounting Associate. Laura received her MBA from the University of Iowa with a concentration in strategic management & consulting and an emphasis in marketing. She received her bachelor's of business administration from St. Ambrose University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for St. Ambrose University Alumni and previously served on the Board of Directors for Animal Aid Humane Society. Laura is originally from Dubuque. She graduated from Andrew Community High School in Andrew, Iowa and made the Quad Cities her home in 1992. Her community involvement activities include volunteering with the Scott County Health Department (Tobacco-Free Campaign) and Quad City Arts Festival of Trees. Laura has been affiliated with the credit union for over 25 years. Laura currently serves as the on the Audit Committee, Disaster Recovery & IT Technology Committee and Cyber Security Committee. 

Greg Aguilar, Audit Committee Secretary

Greg Aguilar is the Director of Talent Attraction and Retention for the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce where he works to build up the reputation of the Quad-Cities as a place where young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, innovators and diverse populations are visible, engaged, and thriving in their careers and their community. Most recently, Greg served as the Northwest Regional Manager for the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity where he covered 10 counties working with community stakeholders on workforce solutions, business retention, attraction, and growth. Greg is a founding board member of the Greater Quad-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His regional work in diversity and inclusion has received various national recognitions including the 2012 College of the Year by the National Hispanic Institute for his work at Augustana College, the same year the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber was recognized as the Small Chamber of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 2011, Greg’s work in diversity outreach at Ascentra Credit Union earned the credit union a Diamond Award from the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing and Business Development Council. Joining the board of directors in 2017, Greg currently serves as the Audit Committee Secretary and a member of the Nominating and Cyber Security Committees. 

Jay England, Credit Committee Secretary

Moline, Illinois resident Jay England has been involved with the credit union industry for over 24 years. He retired from DHCU Community Credit Union in 2014 as an Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer. Before that, Jay served as the Vice President of Finance for Ascentra Credit Union for 10 years. Jay received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Augustana College. He furthered his education by obtaining his MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado with a concentration in accounting and finance. He successfully passed the CPA exam and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1988. Jay’s community involvement includes being a small business counselor for SCORE and an adjunct faculty with the ACCEL Program at St. Ambrose University. Jay joined the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors 2017 and current serves as the Credit Committee Secretary and a member of the Personnel and Nominating Committees. 

Ken Schrock

Ken Schrock is a resident of Princeton, Iowa and first joined the credit union board in 1999 for a single term. He was reappointed to the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors in 2017, where he currently serves on the Disaster Recovery & IT Technology and Cyber Security Committee. A native of Indiana, Ken holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He first joined Alcoa at Rockdale Texas Operations in 1991 as an Industrial Engineer after three years working for Lockheed’s Aerospace Division. He has worked as an Operations Research and Database Design Specialist at the Alcoa Technical Center in Pittsburgh, and transferred to Alcoa Davenport Works in 1998. In Davenport, Ken has worked in all manufacturing departments and multiple disciplines including operations, supply chain, environmental engineering, quality systems, and health and safety. He currently functions as Project Director for the Arconic Global Rolled Products business unit, where he is responsible for large project management of capacity and profitability turnaround initiatives. Ken and his wife Veronica have four children and one grandson.

Robert Lee, Associate Board Member

Robert is a resident of Bettendorf and retired from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He holds a bachelor of business administration degree and a master of business administration degree from the University of Iowa. He has been an Ascentra Credit Union member for 22 years. Robert is a veteran of the US Army and was stationed in Vietnam. After retirement Robert served a number of organizations as a volunteer including past Chairperson of the Downtown Davenport Partnership; current President of Hilltop Campus Village, a Main Street Iowa urban district; Chairperson of the Illowa Council, Boy Scouts of America; board member of Bettendorf Business Network; and Chairperson of the Bettendorf Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He also works part time for NelsonCorp Wealth Management in a Community Relations capacity. Robert joined the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors as an Associate member in 2017. Robert and his wife, Joyce, have three children and three grandchildren. 

Joyce Carr, Associate Board Member

A long-time resident of Davenport,Iowa, Joyce took early retirement from Westinghouse Electric/Eaton Corp. where she worked as an Inside Salesperson/Project Estimator for 21 years. Joyce received her bachelor of science degree in sales and marketing with an emphasis in psychology from Cardinal Stritch College in Wisconsin, graduating in 3 years with Academic Honors. Joyce served on the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors from 1998-2010 as Chief Financial Officer and on the ALCO, Credit, Disaster Recovery, and Executive Committees. She also furthered her board education by completing several units of the Volunteer Achievement Program. Joyce joined the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors as an Associate member in 2017. Joyce has served as President and Fundraising Chair for the Davenport Wednesday Evening Optimist Club and received an award for her outstanding volunteer service. As a Red Cross volunteer she has taught First Aid and CPR classes in Rock Island, Illinois and served as a post-hurricane caseworker in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before retirement, Joyce regularly collected food for the Minneapolis Food Bank and Adopt-a-Family program, toys for the Toys for Tots program, business clothing for low income job seekers, and toiletry items for the Minneapolis Abused Women’s Shelter.