Roger W. Player
President & CEO
Roger W. Player became President & CEO of Western Catholic Union in January 2016. He had been Chairman of the Board since 2011.
Player has been a WCU member since 1975, and his father, Stephen, served as society Treasurer for many years. He has been a consultant for Titan Wheel International, specializing in the areas of financial control, including audit, controllership, and risk & benefits management.
Western Catholic Union has been headquartered in Quincy, IL, since 1877. The society’s 13 founders “resolved to establish this union, through which, Catholics, regardless of nationality or political opinions, may obtain mutual aid in time of need.” Today, the society has assets in excess of $180M, and sells life insurance, annuity, and medical supplement products in nine states.
“If Western Catholic Union is going to remain an independent fraternal insurance society, we must continue to find ways to improve the operations to assure profitability and growth of surplus in the face of this continuing low interest rate environment,” Player said.
As a fraternal benefit society, WCU supports a branch system where members provide organization for volunteer and fundraising efforts to support local charities. Since 2009, WCU branches have raised more than $4.2 million for local charities.
Roger and his wife, Nancy, were married in 1974.
Roger is a 1970 graduate of Christian Brothers High School (now Quincy Notre Dame) and a 1974 graduate of Rockhurst College. He has served on the QND Foundation Board.
He is a self-proclaimed “numbers guy,” yet the “red numbers” in golf still elude him.
Kent D. Stegeman
Secretary/Treasurer & CFO
If you want to get a job done ask the busiest person to do it. This describes Western Catholic Union Secretary/Treasurer & CFO Kent D. Stegeman.
Kent started with WCU in 1992 after graduating from Quincy University. He earned his MBA from QU in 2004. Kent is a licensed life and accident & health insurance agent and has completed the FICF program for fraternal life insurance agents. Kent served as Staff Accountant for WCU before being appointed Treasurer & CFO in 1994 and Secretary/Treasurer & CFO in 2011.
Kent has served as President of the WCU Quincy District, President of the Historic Quincy Business District, Chairman of the Quincy Notre Dame High School Fund Drive, Chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Chairman of the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign and Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity. He is currently Chairman of the City of Quincy Revolving Loan Fund Committee and is a financial division leader with the United Way of Adams County. Kent received the American Red Cross “Good Neighbor Award” in 2007 and the Quincy Herald Whig “20 under 40″ award for young, influencial professionals in 2009.
Kent has also served on various committees with the SunGard Insurance Systems, AFA Investment and Valuation Committee, Great River Economic Development Foundation, YMCA, Quincy University and St. Peter Church. Kent and his wife Selena have 2 children, Jordan and Peyton.
Steven L. Looten
Vice President-Fraternal Activities and Communications
Steven L. Looten is the VP-Fraternal, overseeing all charitable and social activities of the Western Catholic Union. Fun and games are nothing new to him, since Steve was a TV Sports Director in the Quincy area for nearly 20 years, where he got to cover many state championship teams, World Series games, the Masters golf tournament and the Rams’ thrilling win in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Prior to joining WCU he was also an active real estate agent in Quincy. Steve has helped with fund drives at Quincy Notre Dame High School, Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, and Quincy YMCA and Adams County Red Cross. He served on the National Fraternal Advisory Board for the National Fraternal Congress of America, was a Board member of the Illinois Fraternal Alliance, served on the QND and Quincy University Hall of Fame Committees, has volunteered at the Quincy Community Theater and has been a board member at the Quincy Museum.
His wife Amy is Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at HOMEBANK in Quincy and is a vocalist for St. Peter Church. Their oldest son, Steve, is active in the theater in Minneapolis MN, and son, Dan, is working at an engineering firm in downtown St. Louis.
Robert J. (Bob) Ley
Vice President – Sales & Marketing
Bob joined WCU in 2014 as the Society’s National Sales Director.
Bob is a “seasoned veteran” of the Insurance Industry who has had the pleasure of working with some of the largest companies in the world as well as some smaller, Midwest-based operations; WCU represents his first time working with a fraternal society. Ley’s background includes time spent as an insurance agent in the field and a corporate officer in numerous home offices. He describes himself as a general practitioner, with a strong working knowledge of multiple product lines.
Ley has been married to his wife Barbara for 37+ years and together they have two grown sons: Nate, who lives and works in New York City; and Danny (DJ,) who lives and works in Chicago.
Besides his work, Ley is passionate about coaching youth sports and currently serves as an assistant coach to the Quincy Notre Dame Girls Softball program. He is a member of the Quincy Rotary Club, volunteers for United Way and active in his parish life.
Matthew C. Bainbridge
Director Home Office Operations
Matthew joined the team in 2009, originally brought on to maintain and expand WCU’s use of technology. Matthew’s degrees include a Master’s in Business Administration and dual-major Bachelor’s degrees in Computers and Management, each earned through Culver Stockton College. A few of Matthew’s insurance designations include FLMI, FFSI, ARA, and AIRC, covering broad and narrow insurance related topics including home office management, reinsurance and regulatory compliance.
Matthew is a current member of the Young Professionals of Quincy group and served as the WCU Quincy Branch Treasurer from 2012-2014.
Matthew and his wife Casie were married in 2004. Matthew and Casie have three young children, Katelyn, Vivian, and Thomas.
August H. Boessen, Ill
August H. Boessen, III is a coil winder for ABB Underground Distribution Transformers. He serves as president for Westphalia Branch 314 since the early 1970’s. He has been a National Trustee since 1996. He has been a member since March of 1973. Augie and his wife Janice were married October 22, 1977.
James R. Obert
James R. Obert, Sr. is employed by First Bankers Trust Company in Quincy, IL and holds the position of Vice President of Business Banking. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Quincy University. This is his fifth term as WCU National Trustee and is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee for WCU. Jim has been a WCU member since October, 1978. He and his wife Karen have 5 girls and 2 boys.
Joseph F. Grawe
Joseph F. Grawe is owner and manager of the Grawe Insurance Agency. He has been in the insurance business since 1978. He is a past board member of the Illinois Association of Mutual Insurance Company and is currently the secretary/manager of the Payson Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. He has been a WCU member since August, 1959. Joe and his wife Gail have three children.
Sherri L. Schaefer
Clover Bottom, MO
Sherri L. Schaefer is in her third term as a member of the WCU Board of Directors. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, Completed a Strategic Marketing Course, and has a MBA from Lindenwood University. She is the Adult Education Coordinator at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington, MO. She is a member of St. Francis Br. 269 in Clover Bottom, MO and has been involved with the WCU in various capacities for the past 24 years. Sherri and her husband John were married on September 13, 1980. She is the oldest of seven children and her parents are Robert & Patricia Lause of Clover Bottom, MO.
David P. Hutt
David P. Hutt has been a member of WCU since 1986 serving as a sales agent until elected to the WCU Board of Directors in 1996. He has served as Recording Secretary and currently President of WCU’s St. Louis District, District Fraternal Coordinator and as Recording Secretary with WCU’s Metro East Branch 14. Hutt has a Bachelors Degree from Southern Illinois University in Business Management and Marketing. He has 26 years experience in insurance with Hutt Insurance Agency, Inc. and is a member of the National Federation of Independent Business. He has earned a Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC) designation and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) designation. Dave has two children.
Michael A. Bickhaus
Michael A. Bickhaus is a Managing Partner at Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell, LLP in Quincy, IL. He is a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School, Quincy College, and earned his law degree at the University of Missouri. He and his wife Kristine are parents of 4 girls and 3 boys.
Linda K. Moore
Linda K. Moore recently returned to her hometown following retirement from her 20-year career with ESPN where she handled business operations, legal, financial and risk management of many projects, especially the highly successful X-Games. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and Board Member at Quincy University, where she graduated in 1981. Linda is also a graduate of the United States Sports Academy. She is an Executive Consultant for Rodan + Fields Skincare and an Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide.
St. Thomas, MO
Corrin Puleo is a legal assistant for the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney in Jefferson City MO. She is President of the Cole-Osage District and Vice-President of Branch 263 in Jefferson City, MO. Corrin was elected to the WCU Board of Trustees in 2012. She has been a member since 1980. Corrin is the mother of three children and lives in St. Thomas MO.
Philip J. Hildebrand, Jr.
Philip J. Hildebrand, Jr., is the Vice-President of Operations at Quincy Recycle Paper, Inc. in Quincy, IL. Before taking that position in 2012, he was Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis at Gardner Denver, Inc, also in Quincy. He was elected to the WCU Board of Trustees in 2012. He is married to Lori, and they have three children.
John R. Prangl
John R. Prangl is the Director of Accounts Management for Saint Patrick High School in Chicago, IL. He is a graduate of Saint Patrick and Loyola University of Chicago. He and his wife, Nancy, have been active in their branch for more than 30 years.