2019 Board Elections and Annual Meeting

When:  April 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Where:  Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Dr., Bettendorf, IA 52722

At the next Annual Meeting, there will be four positions open for volunteer board of directors.  Each is a three-year term position.  The voting will take place in person by paper ballot only at the Annual Meeting.

  • No nominations will be taken from the floor of the Annual Meeting
  • No absentee ballots will be accepted


The following board candidates are listed below with their qualifications:

Dan Birdsley

Dan Birdsley is a lifelong resident of the Clinton and Camanche, Iowa area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University and joined the board of directors of Members Choice Community Credit Union in 1998. During his time on the board of directors, he has served on the following board committees: audit, credit, executive, nominating, personnel, and has served as the board secretary.

On the board of directors of Ascentra Credit Union, Dan currently serves as the personnel committee secretary and is a member of the credit committee and disaster recovery and IT technology committee. He has served on the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and retired in 2013. Dan has also 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 both are active members of the Church of the Visitation in Camanche.


Larry Ketelsen

Larry Ketelsen is a resident of Clinton, Iowa and joined the board of directors of Members Choice Community Credit Union in 1969. During his time on the board of directors, Larry has served as vice chairperson, chairperson of the audit and credit committees, and served on the executive committee.

Larry currently serves as the board secretary, executive committee secretary, and disaster recovery and IT technology committee secretary on the board of directors of Ascentra.  He is a graduate of Clinton Community College where he received his associate degree, and is a retired lab technician. He worked for Clinton Corn for 21 years and Sethness Products for 25 years. Larry was the recipient of the 2015 Heritage Award given by the Iowa Credit Union League to individuals demonstrating extraordinary commitment, service and leadership in the credit union movement. He 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.


Woody Perkins

Woody Perkins attended college for financial planning in Denver and at Black Hawk College, and was a certified financial planner for 25 years. He is retired as the chief financial officer at Nehlsen Communications where he worked there for over 31 years.

Woody has been affiliated with the credit union since 1999 and was elected to the board of directors of Ascentra Credit Union in 2007. On the board of directors, Woody currently serves as the credit committee chairperson and serves on the executive and personnel committees. He has also served as the board treasurer and on the audit committee.

Woody has been a board member of Boys and Girls Club of the Quad Cities, and president and treasurer of Valley Shelter Homes. He has been the treasurer at Edwards UCC Church and has served on the endowment board. He has also served as a mediator for the Scott County Small Claims Court, and an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).


Troy Smith

Troy Smith was elected to the credit union board of directors in February 1995. In 1989, he joined Alcoa 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. Since then, Troy has taken up other opportunities that have caused him and his family to relocate to Alabama; however the California native still considers the Quad Cities his ‘home’ along with his wife Jardelina and their two children.

Troy received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University. He currently serves on the board of directors of Ascentra Credit Union as the vice chairperson, executive committee vice chairperson and disaster recovery and IT technology committee chairperson. He has additionally served as the chairperson, chief financial officer, credit committee chairperson, building committee chairperson, and strategic planning session chairperson and has served on the executive, nominating, director’s policy, ALCO, building and staff personnel policies committees at the credit union.


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