Meet the Candidates

meet the candidates

Annie Arbuckle

Incumbent

Employer: Ames Education Foundation

Occupation: Executive Director

Annie Arbuckle – Ames

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“I am interested to serve as director of GICU. I presently am on the Board of Directors and would like to be re-elected to bring continuity and bridged knowledge to the board role. It is an honor to work with a financial organization that believes in “people helping people”. I bring a strategic mindset and I am guided by solid business ethics. I appreciate the overall credit union mission and purpose to help people succeed with financial products. I would like to serve to continue making a positive impact on growth in the market place.”

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?

“My greatest contribution to GICU would be my working knowledge of being a director for GICU. As well as my strength of being strategic, I have worked as a strategic consultant, taught business at the community college level and my passion to see growth for GICU. Thank you for considering my candidacy for the GICU board of directors.”

Linda Ashby

Associate Director

Employer: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fist Realty

Occupation: Independent Contractor/ Sales Associate  

Linda Ashby – West Des Moines

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“I am passionate about the credit union movement. “People Helping People” is a positive influence on society. Individuals have to step up to the plate because any credit union is dependent on a board of directors.”

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?

“My tenacity to serve plus the two decades of experience in serving fist with ISEA Credit Union and then Greater Iowa.

Because of term limits, I could not serve another term until I had taken off a year. I was asked as a non-director to serve on the credit committee which I have served.”

Robert "bob" Haung

Incumbent

Employer: Retired

Robert “Bob” Haug – Ames

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“I would like to continue for a second three-year term on the GICU Board of Directors. A non-profit board needs new members to bring a fresh look at an organization’s policies and services, but it also needs a measure on continuity. During my service on the board, I have served on several committees, including the executive committee. I believe my experience would be a benefit to the board and to the members of the credit union.

I led an organization of city-owned utilities for 27 years. I understand the role of a non-profit board and am passionate about providing excellent member service. I have experience in goal-setting, policy-making and evaluation and I believe in the value of non-profit, cooperative enterprise and the value of yardstick competition credit unions provide to the public, as a check against the excesses for for-profit financial institutions.”

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?

“My professional experience leading a non-profit organization and my recent experience on the GICU board prepare me for continued service as a representative of credit union members.”

Lara Olson

Employer: Keystone Electrical Manufacturing
Occupation: Continuous Improvement

Lara Olson – Urbandale

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“My experience in mortgage and in process improvement could be a benefit to GICU. I also have quite a bit to learn about organizations so becoming a director could be mutually beneficial.”

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?

“Having had several years’ experience with Lean & Continuous Improvement should provide a unique perspective.”

Robert Tebben

Employer: Bayer Crop Science

Occupation: Reliability and Maintenance Engineer

Robert “Rob” Tebben – Polk City

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“The purpose of my life is to be of service to others. For the past four years, my focus has been on service to my country, and now that I have successfully completed my active service in the USMC Reserves, I desire to be of greater service to my community. I believe I can be of greatest service to my community by using my leadership experience, capacity for team-building, decision-making ability and ability to problem-solve by serving on the Greater Iowa Credit Union Board of Directors. As I continue to pursue my master’s degree in business administration, I will be able to immediately apply the knowledge and ideas as I learn, to secure the successful future of Greater Iowa Credit Union, our members and our communities.”

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union? Additional information.

"I excel at building teams and creating trust. I also bring different perspectives, including understanding of millennials, military experience, engineering and business education.

I have been a member of Greater Iowa Credit Union almost my entire life. Growing up in Central Iowa, this community gave so much to me and I want to give back by serving my community to the best of my ability. I have experience and training in solving problems and influencing people from both my military and engineering careers and I am eager to put my experiences to use in service to my community and GICU. Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy.”

Michael Wahlin

Employer: Iowa State University Foundation

Occupation: Assistant Vice President of Investments

Michael Wahlin - Ames

Why I would like to be a director of Greater Iowa Credit Union:

“During my public accounting career, I had the opportunity to serve on the annual audits of servals nonprofit clients. I experienced first-hand the benefits such organizations provided to their respective causes and constituents. I also saw the pride and dedication of many of the individuals who worked for those organizations. This influenced my desire to seek a similar path in my career (although it took some time to get there) and ultimately my decision to join the ISU Foundation. I believe it is important to give back to our communities and society by sharing our time, talent and resources, as we are able. I feel the opportunity and privilege to serve on the board of GICU would allow me to continue to follow through on that belief.” 

What do you feel would be your greatest contribution to Greater Iowa Credit Union?

“I feel my financial background and experience would be an asset to the board, along with my nonprofit experience in general. I also believe my understanding of the role of a board member is beneficial – from serving on a board to working with a board.

Part of my responsibilities at the ISU Foundation has included the oversight and management of three standing committees that report to the organization’s board of directors – audit, finance and investment. With my recent change in position, I now only have responsibility for the investment committee. These committees are made up of volunteers who are donors and alumni of the university. Specific related responsibilities included planning the agendas for the periodic meetings, preparation of the meeting materials and presenting information as required, working closely with the committee chairs, training and orienting new committee members, preparing committee materials for presentation to the board, and working with third-party partners (auditors, investment consultant, insurance agent).

Other possible pertinent areas of experience include establishing financial policies and procedures, creating and monitoring the annual budget, assisting with strategic planning, developing enterprise risk management practices and serving on a crisis management team.”