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, Certified Development Financial Institution Committee Chairperson, Nominating Committee Chairperson Cyber 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 been up and running for a couple years now and has made a positive impact on the lives of many.


Troy Smith, Vice Chairperson

Centerville, Ohio resident 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 a MBA from St. Ambrose University. Troy serves as the Vice Chairperson. He has additionally served as the Chairperson, Vice Chair, 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.


Woody Perkins, Credit Committee Chair
Woody attended the College for Financial Planning in Denver and 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 Chair and on the 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 is Treasurer at Edwards UCC church and currently serves on the Endowment Board. He has served as a mediator for Scott County Small Claims Court, and serves as an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 


Gary Schocker, Audit Committee 

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 Menard 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 on the Audit Committee, on the Cyber Security Committee and Disaster Recovery and IT Technology Committee. He has served on the Executive, Building, Credit, Personnel and Board Policy Updates Committees. 


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 Chairman, Chairman of the Audit and Credit Committees, and on the Executive Committee. He currently serves as the Board Secretary, Credit Committee Secretary, Disaster Recovery and IT Technology Chairperson and Cyber Security 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, as well as, Habitat for Humanity. He and his wife, Margo, have two sons and one granddaughter.


Dan Birdsley, Audit 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. He currently serves as the Audit Committee Secretary for the Ascentra Credit Union Board of Directors, Personnel Committee Secretary and Disaster Recovery and IT Technology Committee Secretary. 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, Audit Committee Chair

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 Bachelors 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 Audit Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Secretary and Disaster Recovery and IT Technology Committee.


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 and also serves on the Personnel Committee, is the Ascentra Credit Union Foundation Treasurer and Certified Development Financial Institution Committee Treasurer. She has also served on the following board committees: Audit, Credit, Building, Nominating, Strategic Planning Session, Disaster Recovery and IT Technology. Mary is also a member of the Mississippi Valley Quilting Guild.