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2019 Community Choice Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn – 8600 Northpark Dr. Johnston, IA 50131
8:30 - Registration Begins
Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the door
Tickets can be purchased at any Community Choice branch location


Brian Farrell

Brian Farrell

Brian is completing his second term as a board member, and is asking for your continued support to represent the nearly 50,000 members of Community Choice Credit Union.

Brian’s decision-making has been based upon, and focused toward the long-term success of Community Choice and placing the interests of its members first. As a board member Brian is most proud of the credit union’s most recent accomplishments including:

  • Hiring a new CEO (Josh Cook)
    Josh took over as Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of Roger Reiser. Josh has nearly 18 years with Community Choice and was chosen by the board as the ideal leader for moving the credit union into our next era of growth and success. Josh is supported by a talented executive team and staff that continually work to ensure our members receive valuable products and services. Whether online, by phone or at your local branch, Josh & the CCCU staff strive for your banking experience to be exceptional.

  • New mobile banking app
    Community Choice recently released a new online application to make banking easier during your busy day. Transactions are quick and easy allowing you to deposit checks, review balances, transfer money between accounts, set up online bill pay and much more. Whatever your daily banking needs – the credit union wants to serve those needs and provide the members smart & simple tools to make UNbanking easy.

  • Working efficiently
    Community Choice continually works to be more efficient and improve the banking experience. We want to minimize fees and keep our operating expenses low. Why? By keeping costs low, we can continue to offer new banking products, give members higher yields on CDs and other savings and provide lower interest rate loans. Working efficiently also allows for reinvestment in the credit union to ensure its long-term financial health and stability.

These are just some of the many accomplishments completed by the Community Choice board, executive management team and staff to better serve the members.

Brian would like to continue to represent the members and he thanks you in advance for your vote.

Heather Davidson

Heather Davidson

Heather has been a member of the CCCU since 1984. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Heather currently works for the State of Iowa as a Program Manager with duties of writing administrative rules, employee manual, writing and monitoring contracts, creating financial budgets, reviewing cost reports, approving provider training, and answering calls and e-mails from the public seeking information. Her employment role requires critical thinking, problem solving skills, and excellent communication skills. Heather will have 35 years of employment with the state in various positions and plans to retire this September.

Heather will bring a great deal of experience with her, which she has gained through serving on other boards at the community, state, and national levels. She currently serves on the nation Association of State Foster Care Managers board and volunteers with the VFW Auxiliary.

Heather has previously served on the CCCU Board for 12 years and on all of the CCCU Board committees as well as served as Chair on some of them. Heather would like to again serve on the CCCU Board to represent the best interest of the CCCU members and believes that the Credit Union must continue to strive to provide its members with prompt, courteous, and efficient service, competitive loans, and the safety of their funds.

Izaah Knox

Izaah Knox

Izaah JB Knox, Executive Director, Urban Dreams

Izaah serves as the executive director for Urban Dreams. As the executive director, he focuses on creating new programming, strengthening and expanding the current programming, record keeping, and fundraising.

Previously, he worked at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the community outreach consultant, and Des Moines Area Community College as an adjunct, advisor, and YouthBuild education coordinator.

Izaah sits on multiple boards, is a member of advisory & steering committees, and immediate past-chair of the Des Moines Human and Civil Rights Commission. In 2012 Izaah was awarded the United States of America President’s Volunteer Service Award, in 2013 he made the list of Iowa’s most Interesting and Influential people by the Des Moines Register, was named a Register Person to Watch in 2015, and in 2016 selected as a Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40.

Izaah is a two-time Drake University graduate, undergraduate in journalism and a master’s in Education. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University.

Izaah is married to Jenna. They have three kids: Chance, Porter, and Johnnie. They love to travel and are always on-the-go.

Matthew Zinkula

Mathew Zinkula

Mathew is 32 years old and lives with his daughter in Waukee. Mathew received his bachelor’s decree from Simpson College in 2008. Mathew graduated from Drake University Law School in 2015. While in law school, Mathew was a judicial extern for the Iowa Supreme Court. He currently works as an associate attorney at the Booth Law Firm where he maintains a general practice in both litigation and transaction work. His legal career includes cases involving many complex legal issues, including large embezzlement and finance and fraud cases. Mathew also works as a part-time adjunct professor at Southwestern Community College, where he teaches students in various legal and constitution courses.

Mathew has dedicated much of his life to public service, from pro bono legal work and helping homeless veterans, to volunteering at youth sports leagues and at his local church. Mathew is currently a member of the American Bar Association and the Iowa Bar Association. In his free time, Mathew enjoys gardening, home improvement projects, volunteering in the community and church, and playing sports with his daughter.

Mathew is seeking his first term as a board member with Community Choice Credit Union. He first became interested in this position after becoming a member at the bank and enjoying the unique experience that only a credit union can offer. He is interested in this position so that he can help in furthering Community Choice Credit Union’s mission and applying his unique talents to help it continue to grow.

Ken Zinkula

Ken Zinkula

State of Iowa, Department of Administrative Services

Ken has been employed by the State of Iowa for over 35 years and is currently an Internal Auditor in the Department of Administrative Services. He began his career with the Office of Auditor of State and worked there for almost nine years, and then worked for the Iowa Department of Revenue for over 20 years as an internal auditor. Ken participated in several fraud and investigative audits for these three agencies. He has also obtained the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor designations and has been a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors for over 20 years.

Ken has been a member of the Community Choice Credit Union for over 35 years and has been a Board Member since 2013 and currently chairs the Audit Committee. Ken is seeking an additional term and believes his work experience and knowledge will be of benefit to Community Choice Credit Union and their members as they continue to grow and add new products and services.

Ken has served on several boards throughout his career, including nine years on the board of the Central Iowa Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and 12 years as a member of the Des Moines Public Schools Audit Committee. He has also been actively involved in serving the community with over 20 years in various leadership positions with a local Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop, and over 15 years as a member of St. Theresa’s Knights of Columbus Council. Ken also received the Lieutenant Governor’s Employee Volunteer award in 2005.