Your 2021 Board Candidates

Board of Director Elections

This year, three board positions are open, each serving a 3-year term. A call for nominations was posted in the Winter & Spring 2021 Member Newsletters with an application deadline of May 15, 2021. The following members have submitted their applications to serve on the board. No nominations will be accepted from the floor.


Members may vote in one of two ways:

  1. THIS OPTION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. By voting online through It’sMe247Voting shall be available from 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021.
  2. THIS OPTION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. By requesting an absentee ballot from the Credit Union beginning, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The request may be made by calling Monna Ohlfest at (641) 732-2836 or by email at  Members will receive only one ballot.  In order for the vote to count, the absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than July 9, 2021.  Absentee ballots must be sealed in an official envelope and signed by the member.

Meet Your 2021 Board of Directors Candidates:

Dr. Randy Swarts

Dr. Randy Swarts (incumbent) previously served on the MEMBERS1st Board from 1991 to 2001. He held positions on the Audit Committee in addition to serving as Chairman and CFO. Dr. Swarts joined the board again in 2012 and has again served on the Audit Committee. He is currently Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Swarts is a 1985 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and maintained successful dental practices in Marshalltown and Toledo until their sale in 2016. He was recently employed in those same practices with Kimball Beecher Family Dentistry retiring in March 2021. Dr. Swarts’ hobbies include bicycling, scuba diving, traveling and skiing. He has two adult children, Lauren and Logan.

Tami Lichtenberg

Tami Lichtenberg (incumbent) has been at Telligen for 2.5 years, and is a Director of Healthcare Management. With more than 20 years of experience in her field, Tami has worked in many different areas of non-clinical and clinical healthcare management including operations, policy, innovation, EMS and hospice. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for the MHA program at Des Moines University and writes for a rural e-publication at the University of North Dakota.

Tami’s volunteer efforts include serving on the inaugural board of the Marshall County Crimestoppers and being a Boy Scout leader. She has served on the MEMBERS1st Board of Directors for 6 years. Tami believes her previous experience and her desire to give back to credit union membership will benefit the board going forward.

Dan Aastrup

Dan Aastrup (incumbent) has been seated on the MEMBERS1st Community Credit Union Board for 3 years. He is a resident of Iowa Falls and has been the Director of Rural Iowa Waste Management for 15 years. Prior to that position, he worked as Superintendent for Charlson Excavating for 25 years. Dan believes his experience managing a business, as well as his compassion for others, will continue to benefit the MEMBERS1st Board. When asked why he wants to serve on the board after joining the credit union 6 years ago, Dan said, “I believe in credit unions and what they do for the working person, and now I believe it’s time to give back.”

Ronda Kelley

Ronda Kelley

Ronda Kelley has served as a librarian of the Ericson Public Library in Boone for the last 8 years and holds a degree from Durham College in Ontario, Canada. She has also served as a MEMBERS1st Associate Board Member for one year.

She cites MEMBERS1st‘s consistently high level of caring, personal service as the defining element of her own member experience and believes her extensive career in customer service will benefit the board’s perspective and decision-making processes. If elected, Ronda looks forward to collaborating with and learning from her fellow board members. In her free time, she participates in multiple book clubs and has volunteered at many church programs and activities in the past.

Jack Evans

Jack Evans is a Mechanical Engineering and incoming concurrent MBA student at Iowa State University, where he is also employed as a Manufacturing Lab Technician. A MEMBERS1st member for 21 years, Jack believes that serving as a board member would be a great way to learn more about the credit union and its relationships with community partners, in addition to exploring the ways in which the entire field of membership can be served. Jack says, “I would really enjoy getting to develop and vote on new ideas to benefit the credit union and its members.”

Jack is a member of the Iowa State University Varsity Marching Band, where he has been captain of the sousaphone section for two years. He is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma, a service-focused band organization.