Randy Ploeger – Chair

Randy Ploeger has served Deseret First Credit Union for the past 26 years; nine years as a member of the Supervisory Committee and seventeen years as a member of the Board of Directors.  Board responsibilities have included work on the Asset/Liability Management, Compensation/Nominating, Enterprise Risk Management, and Strategic Planning Committees.  He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee serving as board secretary, board vice chair, and board chair.  He is currently serving as the board chair. Randy has been employed by the Church since 1988.  He has worked in the Materials Management, Finance, and Human Resource departments.  Prior to Church employment, he worked for several years at a local savings and loan and credit union. He earned a B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from BYU and an MBA from the University of Utah.

Susan Rather – Vice Chair

Susan Clayton Rather was first elected to the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors in 2007. She has served as Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board, and on several committees. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Deseret First Charitable Foundation. Susan is a member of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, a program of the World Council of Credit Unions. She retired from Church employment in the Welfare Services Department in 2015, and afterwards served an 18-month Church-service mission as Refugee Program Specialist with LDS Charities. Her academic background includes having earned a doctoral degree in education.

Vance Huntley – Secretary

Vance Huntley was elected to the board in 2017. He is the Audit Manager for Intermountain Power Agency (IPA). Prior to his employment at IPA, he was an Internal Auditor with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chief Financial Officer with Xcel Fitness, and Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Vance has volunteered as a member of Deseret First Credit Union’s Supervisory Committee since 2008, and he was serving as chairman of that committee at the time of his election to the board. He enjoyed the opportunity to serve on the Supervisory Committee and work with the DFCU Board and Management on such issues as risk analysis, financial stability, and improving the internal audit function. Vance holds a Masters of Accounting/Information Systems degree from Brigham Young University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He lives in Davis County with his wife and five children and loves any opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreational activities. As a member of DFCU, Vance believes strongly in the benefits it can provide to its members and their families. He will strive to ensure DFCU continues to offer the services that will benefit all its members and their variety of financial needs.

Allan Gunnerson

Allan has served on the Deseret First Board of Directors since 2001. He has chaired the Board and has worked on various committees, including Strategic Planning, Asset and Liability, Loan Policy, Training, Compensation, and Member Relations. He is retired from the Church Educational System where he served in various teaching and administrative positions, most recently as director of the Institutes of Religion at the University of Utah and LDS Business College. He has written in the field of compensation management, has served on other boards and in leadership capacities, and is currently involved in other professional and educational endeavors.  His education includes a BS degree in Cultural Geography and Political Science from the University of Utah, and MEd and EdD degrees in college and university administration from Brigham Young University.

Doug Martin

Doug Martin has served on the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors for six years. He served as Chair for the last two years, and he has also served as the Vice Chair, and as a member of the Loan Policy, ALM, Compensation and Strategic Planning committees during his tenure. He serves as the Director of Treasury Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this position, he is the treasurer of the global organization and is responsible for the overall working capital operations of the Church.

Kathleen Fueston

Kathleen was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. She has been a Human Resource professional for 30 years. Her experience includes working in various industries, ownership, and management of her own HR consulting firm. Currently, she works as the   Human Resource Business Partner for the Temple Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her background with the Church also includes work on the Global Workforce Relations team and as Director of HR for the Information and Communication Services Department.

Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development from Brigham Young University and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University. Kathleen and her family have been members of DFCU since 1999 and enjoy the many outstanding services provided by DFCU and its exceptional employees. As a board member, Kathleen would bring a different business perspective to complement the expertise of other board members with careers focused in the financial industry. She would be honored to represent DFCU and serve its members.

Kai Hintze

Kai Hintze was elected again to the board of directors this year! Kai is an assistant director for the CES Global Education Initiative in the Church Education System department at Church headquarters. His academic background includes earning a masters degree in business administration. He has worked and lived in five countries in Latin America as an expatriate for the Church.
He was elected to the Deseret First Board of Directors in 2011. He served on several board committees until early 2013 when he was called to serve an LDS mission to Central America. He enjoyed his time serving all stakeholders of the credit union.
Kai is honored to again represent the credit union membership and professional staff of the credit union as a board member. He has had many training and leadership opportunities during his career to embrace the broadest scope of our community. He will listen to all concerns and ideas from the members and represent them to the board, while at the same time focusing on sound and safe financial practices to protect the credit union and its members.