Board of Directors & Leadership

Steering with heart in mind.

Our Leadership.

Paula O’Rourke

President/CEO

Dr. Joyce Fowler

Board Chairperson

Our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of nine voting members and a small group of non-voting associate members. Our directors are hardworking volunteers who set the policies for your credit union and consistently work to achieve one goal: improving our members’ financial well-being. Elections for our Board of Directors are held every year before our annual meeting.

If you’d like to become involved in running your credit union, please contact us at boardnominations@cordacu.org.

Joan Auterman
Joan has served on the Corda Credit Union Board of Directors since February 1976. She currently serves as the Vice Chairperson, a member of the Finance Committee, and previously served as the Board Secretary. In addition, Joan volunteers at Mercy Hospital and the History Center. She is a past board member and treasurer for 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 for 38 years in the Cedar Rapids School District. Joan has been a Corda Credit Union member since 1971.

Margaret Eichhorn
Margaret has held a position on our Board of Directors since March 2011. She is currently a member of the Finance Committee, having previously served as the Finance Committee Chair. Margaret has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Finance and Accounting – from Tulsa University and is self-employed as an accountant. A member of Corda 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 Corda 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 currently serves as the Finance Committee Chair. Previously, he was the Board Secretary, Audit Committee Chair, and a member of the Board Governance & Nominations Committee and Credit Committee. Mike is retired from a 42-year career at ADM and has been a member of Corda Credit Union since 1991. Mike is a former member of the Teamsters Credit Union board of directors, having served for over nine years in several capacities, including chairman, audit committee member, and chief financial officer. He has spent decades 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 Corda Credit Union Board of Directors in 2019, and she serves as Board Secretary and a member of Board Governance and Nominations Committee, and previously served on 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 is currently serves on the Audit Committee. Formerly, he was the Secretary of the Board, Chairperson of the Audit Committee, and Chairperson of the Credit Committee. Loren is the Director of Real Estate and Facilities for CRST. 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 Corda 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 as the Board Chair  on the Governance & Nominations Committee, and formerly served on the Audit Committee. Richard has taught in Texas and Iowa schools for 30 years and currently works in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. He 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 on our Board of Directors since 2015. He currently serves on the Board Governance & Nominations Committee and Audit Committee. He was previously the Chairperson of the Board Governance & Nominations Committee and 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 Corda Credit Union since 1998. Nick and his wife, Mandie, live in Golden, Colorado.

Jeralyn Westercamp
Jeralyn joined the Corda Credit Union Board of Directors in May 2022. She is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee and previously served on the Board Governance & Nominations Committee. Jeralyn is the Economic Development Manager at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, where she manages Iowa Venture Mentoring Service. She holds multiple 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. She also earned certificates in leadership, leadership studies, and nonprofit management. Jeralyn resides in Cedar Rapids and enjoys volunteering, photography, music, traveling, and gardening. She believes in the importance of being active and giving back to her community and has been a member of Corda Credit Union since 1991.

Associate Board of Directors

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@cordacu.org.

Holly Corkery
Holly joined the Associate Board of Directors in April 2023. Holly is an attorney and shareholder with Lynch Dallas, P.C. law firm, and she represents public- and private-sector employers in employment matters and litigation, including regularly providing training on employment matters. She also performs internal investigations for employers involving allegations of civil rights violations, employee misconduct, and other legal and policy violations. Holly graduated from Coe College in 2009 and the University of Iowa College of Law in 2012. She is a lifelong resident of Marion, where she currently resides with her husband Brian and their children.

Phil Decker
Phil joined the Associate Board of Directors in July 2022 to serve and become more active in the Cedar Rapids community. 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 at Collins Aerospace, now a division of RTX, in his current role as Manager of Business Systems. He has been with the company for over 35 years. 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 Corda Credit Union 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.