Roger W. Player
Chairman of the Board
Roger W. Player has been a member of WCU since 1975 and has served on the WCU Board since October 2000. He is a consultant for Titan Wheel International. Roger has a Bachelor's degree in accounting. He is an active member of the WCU Quincy branch. He served a six-year term on the Notre Dame High School Foundation Board with three years as their representative to the QND School Board. Roger has been married to Nancy for 30 years and is the son of Stephen (former National Treasurer, deceased) and Cecelia Player.
Mark A. Wiewel
Since Mark A. Wiewel became President/CEO of Western Catholic Union in 1994 the organization has achieved record-setting assets.
Mark graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1979 with a Bachelors degree in Administration of Justice and Business Administration. He is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers. Mark is a licensed life and accident & health insurance agent.
Prior to becoming President/CEO he was originally a part-time agent with WCU, then was appointed Director of Fraternal Activities in 1988, and in 1991 he became National Secretary. Mark has served as President of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Fraternal Congress, NFCA - State Fraternal Congress and Uptown Quincy Toastmasters.
As a young man, Mark attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been active with the United Way, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Quincy Notre Dame High School, Quincy Cursillo, Quincy Exchange Club, and the Adams County United Way. Mark loves the feel of a cool breeze in his face as he rides his bicycle throughout West-Central Illinois. In recent years he's converted this passion into a fundraiser for needy local food pantries with his annual "Bike For Food" ride. Mark is a member of the Rotary Club and is Eucharistic Minister at St. Peter Church. Mark and his wife Karen have five children Caroline, Anthony, Stephanie, Matthew and Mark Patrick.
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.
David P. O'Brien, FICF
National Sales Director
After six years as a member of the Western Catholic Union sales team, David P. O'Brien was named National Sales Director in May.
Dave joined WCU in 2005 and quickly became one of the organization's most-productive agents. He has been in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. Dave established O'Brien Insurance Services in 1982, and grew that business into Senior Benefit Solutions in recent years.
Dave brings a great deal of experience to this job, having operated an agency, recruited, and conducted many sales seminars. He has taught continuing education classes for AD Banker in Advanced Life Cases, Ethics, Estate and Tax Planning, Annuities, and Wealth Transfer Techniques.
His passion to help Des Moines-area charities motivated Dave to establish and grow WCU's Des Moines Branch 300.
Dave graduated from Upper Iowa University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Consumer Psychology. Dave founded the first Men's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9127 in Des Moines and holds the office as Chaplin, and is a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Greater Des Moines.
He and his wife, Vicki, live in Des Moines. They are proud parents of one son, Travis, and one daughter, Deborah, and they spoil their three grandchildren rotten every chance they get.
Steve L. Looten
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 Hall of Fame Committee, and has volunteered at the Quincy Community Theater and has been a board member at the Quincy Museum.
He recently produced the new Western Catholic Union video, as well as a DVD to celebrate "100 Years of Quincy Blue Devil Basketball." His wife Amy is the Executive Director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a vocalist for St. Peter Church. Their oldest son, Steve, is a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and directs the annual theater production at Quincy Notre Dame High School. Dan is a 2012 graduate of the University of Missouri, and is currently in Columbia working on his Masters in Engineeering.
August H. Boessen, Ill
August H. Boessen, III is a coil winder for ABB Underground Distribution Transformers. He has been involved with Westphalia Br. 314 since the early 1970’s. Augie serves as president for the Cole-Osage District and has been a National Trustee since 1996. 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 and was elected to the WCU Board of Directors in 1996. He has served as past President for 12 years of WCU's St. Louis District, is currently serving as the St. Louis District Recording Secretary and District Fraternal Coordinator, and also serves as Recording Secretary with WCU's Metro East Branch 14. Hutt has an Associate of Science Degree in Business Management and a Bachelors Degree from Southern Illinois University in Business Management and Marketing. He has 22 years experience in insurance including owning/operating an insurance agency, Hutt Agency, Inc. in Troy, IL, 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 in the field of life insurance. Dave and his wife Traci have two children.
Henry G. Schaper, Sr.
Henry G. Schaper, Sr. is retired from Union Electric Co, (Now AmerenUE) with 39 years service. After he retired from Union Electric, he spent three school years as a computer instructor at Good Shepherd Grade School in Hillsboro, MO. He served and retired from the Reserve Forces of the U.S. Military (U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Missouri Air National Guard) after 23 years of service. Henry has been a member of WCU since 1937 and currently serves as Vice President of WCU St. Louis IX Branch and President of the St. Louis District. In his spare time, Henry amazes children with his magic act! Henry and his wife Barb were married on May 9, 1959, and is the father of 4 and grandfather of 17 grandchildren and two angels.
John D. Bruner
John D. Bruner has been a licensed insurance professional since 1989, and is the owner of Bruner Insurance in O’Fallon, MO. He has been a member of WCU since 2000, and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. Bruner is also President of Branch 14 in Collinsville/East St. Louis, IL, and previously served as Deputy Vice-President for the St. Louis District. John has five grown children.
St. Thomas, MO
Corrin Puleo is a pre-school teacher at St. Thomas Catholic School in St. Thomas, MO. She is Vice-President of Branch 263 in Jefferson City, MO. Corrin was elected to the WCU Board of Trustees in 2012. She is the mother of three children.
Phillip 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.
Tracy A. Orne
Tracy A. Orne is the Director of Public Relations at John Wood Community College in Quincy, IL. Prior to taking that position in 2009, she was Executive Director of the Quincy Notre Dame High School Foundation and also Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Quincy University. She was elected to the WCU Board of Trustees in 2012. Her husband Eric has won multiple state championships coaching girls basketball at QND.