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Western Catholic Union
A Fraternal Life Insurance Society
(217) 223-9721
(800) 223-4928
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Western Catholic Union
A Fraternal Life Insurance Society
(217) 223-9721
(800) 223-4928
Agent Alert -

WCU Management & Staff

Sherri L. Schaefer

Interim President & CEO


Sherri has served on the WCU Board of Trustees since 1996. She has a BS degree in Marketing with a minor in Accounting from Maryville University, a MBA from Lindenwood University and has completed a Strategic Marketing Program at the University of Minnesota.

Sherri spent 26 years working for a promotional products supplier where she spent 19 years on the Operations side of the business and spent the last 7 years in their Marketing Department, serving as their Marketing Director for her last 4 years there. Sherri most recently spent the past 14 years working for the School District of Washington, MO where she served as the CTE (Career & Technical Education) Finance Specialist at Four Rivers Career Center in Washington.

Sherri has been an active member of St. Francis Br. 269 in Clover Bottom, MO since her childhood.


Matthew C. Bainbridge



Matthew joined the WCU team in 2009. As the Secretary, he currently oversees the Compliance,  Underwriting, New Business, Member Services, Claims and I.T. Departments.

Matthew has an MBA with a Specialization in management from Culver-Stockton College. Matthew also holds a dual-major Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Computer Information Systems.

Matthew’s insurance designations include FLMI, FFSI, ARA, and AIRC, covering insurance related topics including home office management, reinsurance and regulatory compliance. Matthew also holds Information Technology designations including CCNA and Cisco Certified Cybercops Associate which covers topics including security, networking, and intrusion detection and response.

Matthew leads a monthly Quincy Area IT Professionals luncheon and has previously served as the WCU Quincy Branch 1 Treasurer.

Matthew and his wife, Casie, reside in Quincy and have 3 young children.


Ryan P. Hulett

Regional Sales Director


Ryan joined the WCU team in 2015, although his relationship started over 25 years ago with the society as his late grandfather, Harold “Cookie” Hulett, was a long time producer for WCU. Ryan has been a member of Quincy Branch 1 since 1995.

Ryan has a Liberal Arts degree from Springfield College in Illinois. He also studied Communications & Marketing at Western Illinois University.

Along with being a licensed insurance producer, Ryan has been in Sales and upper management in the Wireless and Optical industries prior to joining WCU.

Ryan’s interests outside of work include coaching baseball and playing golf. Ryan and his wife, Tegan, reside in Quincy and have 2 children.


Becky Warning

Operations Manager

Direct 217-222-6336

Becky started her career with WCU in 1988. She has worked in most of the departments at one point in her career, giving her a well-rounded knowledge of the company. She is very active in the Quincy Branch, currently serving as Branch President. She is also very involved at her church. Becky and her husband, Kevin, reside in Quincy and have 2 children.


Alexis Jarrett

Fraternal & Marketing/Member Services Supervisor

Direct 217-222-6425

Alexis joined the WCU team in 2015. She has an AA degree in Communication from John Wood Community College, a BA degree in Graphic Design from Quincy University, and a MBA from University of Phoenix. She is a lifelong resident of Quincy, IL and enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children and dog.


Paula Heimer

Member Services

Direct 217-222-6445

Paula started her career with WCU in 1973. She is a lifelong resident of Palmyra, MO and is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoys participating in the Quincy WCU Branch activities and cherishes time spent with her children and grandchildren.


Linda Miles

Member Services

Direct 217-222-6428

Linda joined the WCU team in 2023, with over 20 years of banking experience. She was born and raised in Quincy, IL. She has been married to her husband, Rick, for over 40 years and they are blessed to have 4 sons and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys fishing, boating and cooking for her family.


Cindy Bartelt

Member Services

Direct 217-222-6442

Cindy joined the WCU team in 2022. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and 4 grandboys in Colorado. She also likes to read, watch movies and spend time outdoors.


Kelly Cook

Accounts Payable

Direct 217-222-6354

Kelly joined the WCU team in 2010 as the receptionist. She was promoted to the accounting department in 2011. She is very active in the Quincy Branch and currently serves as the Branch Treasurer. She resides in Quincy and has a daughter. She enjoys cheering on the Las Vegas Raiders.


Carolyn Yates

Sales Administrator

Direct 217-222-6404

Carolyn joined the WCU team in 2007 but has worked in the insurance industry since 1999. She handles the administration of our agent contracts, appointments, and other agent compliance requirements. Carolyn provides administrative support to our agents, assisting them with product illustrations and new business. Carolyn also serves as our Home Office Sales Associate. In her free time, she enjoys camping and trail riding with her husband, Tim, their dog, Boomer and their horse and mules.


Tara Wiskirchen

New Business

Direct 217-222-6393

Tara joined the WCU team in 2006. She has spent most of her life in the Quincy area. She enjoys spending time outdoors and just being together with her family.


Suzie Dark


Direct 217-222-6337

Suzie has worked at WCU for 15 years. She enjoys being at home with her 2 dogs and cat, and spending time with her family.