UKFCU Board of Directors
The Board of Directors at the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union is a very important asset that helps direct and control the affairs and goals of the credit union. The Board is made up nine unpaid volunteers, elected by the membership. Click on a board member name or picture to see a brief biography of that board member.
Monika Caushoulli was elected to the UKFCU Board of Directors in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor at the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky.
Michelle Bliffen has served on the UKFCU Board of Directors since 2013. Michelle is the Human Resources Team Lead for the Enterprise Applications Group at the University of Kentucky. She has been with the University since 1999 and has over 18 years of experience in Human Resources. She has strong focus on benefits administration and project management. She is currently responsible for maintaining and enhancing the Human Resources suite of services within the University’s enterprise resource system, SAP.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Eastern Kentucky University as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Michelle has been a member of the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union since 2010. She and her husband Jeff have two daughters, Chloe and McKenna.
Jennifer Krieger was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 after serving three years as Chair of the Supervisory Committee. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board. Ms. Krieger has over thirty-five years of financial management experience, including thirty years at the University of Kentucky. She currently serves as Director of Budgets for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She is co-owner of Designer Glass, Inc., a local stained glass company. Ms. Krieger has a Bachelors’ degree in business management and a Masters’ degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education, both from the University of Kentucky.
Ms. Krieger joined the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union (UKFCU) as an employee of the University of Kentucky in 1976.
Anna’s initial service to the UKFCU began in 1995 where she served as a committee member on the now defunct Human Resources Committee. In 2005 she was selected to serve out the term of a retiring board of directors member and the following year was voted to begin a new term. Her board service has included serving on the Supervisory and Governance committees and chairing the Marketing, Travel Policy ad hoc, Nominating and Governance committees.
Currently Anna serves as the Director of Institutional Diversity in The Graduate School of the University of Kentucky after having been the founding director of the Office of Minority Affairs for the UK Chandler Medical Center. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, Anna had been EEO officer at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and had served as Chief of Employment for the Detroit Computing Center of the Internal Revenue Service. She began her professional career as a teacher in the Paris, KY Independent School system.
Anna is an intuitive visionary who has a heart for service as is evidenced in her community, church and professional activities.
Stephen Burr was appointed to the Supervisory Audit Committee in 2008 and served as secretary for the committee in 2012. He was elected to the Board of Directors at the May 2012 members meeting. Stephen is an information technology professional with sixteen years of IT experience, focusing on leadership, management, customer service, and business intelligence. He has a Bachelors degree in Information Systems from Pace University (Pleasantville, NY) and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Kentucky.
Stephen originally joined the credit union in 2002 while working at the University of Kentucky as a Systems Programmer. In his current role as Business Intelligence Lead, he is responsible for data warehousing, reporting, and analytics for all University enterprise systems.
Vince “Dino” Marletta has served on the UKFCU Board of Directors since 2008, where he currently is a member on the UKFCU Supervisor Committee, he has also served on the Building and Construction, Ad Hoc Committee on By Laws, 401K Retirement Review and Ad-Hoc Philanthropic Sponsor (chair) committee.
As a Major Account Manager for Windstream Communications, Vince handles all Commonwealth of Kentucky-Public Higher Education actives. He brings 15 plus years of sales, marketing and management knowledge to Windstream with the last 10 years in data and voice communications. Vince brings a strong background in Management, Marketing, and Information technology to the UKFCU board. He has also owned a small business.
He has three children, Sarah, Will and Jack. He has been a member of the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union since 1988. He is an avid runner, and enjoys being very active in the community, where he has been a volunteer youth basketball coach and Sunday school at Christ Church Cathedral. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Lexington Corporation, and is a member of the YMCA. He has served as a board member of Los Amigos (President), Ecumenical Preschool, Allegheny Chamber of Commerce and Townhouse Association (President).
Vince Marletta is from Lexington, KY, and is a 1991 graduate of the University of Kentucky, with Bachelors of Business Administration.
Sarah Gaines was elected to the UKFCU Board of Directors in 2014. She recently worked in student retention at the University Of Kentucky. However, she has extensive experience as an accountant, financial analyst, and state government administrator. Sarah has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. She has previously served on the Community Reinvestment Alliance Board of Directors, and she is also involved in other community outreach initiatives. Sarah joined UKFCU as a UK graduate student in 1998.
Tyler Gayheart was appointed to the Supervisory Audit Committee in 2014. Tyler is a strategic communication professional with fourteen years of experience in technology, marketing and communication, leadership, integration, change management and innovative marketing and communication practices. Tyler is currently the Director of the Office of Strategic Communication in Academic Excellence at the University of Kentucky where he and his team are responsible for communication, marketing and CRM operations for Academic Excellence units. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Masters in Instructional Systems Design, certificates in Distance Learning, Technology Leadership and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication all from the University of Kentucky. Tyler lives in Lexington with his wife Piper and daughter, Lucy.
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The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the direction and controlling the affairs of the credit union, as guided by the wishes of the membership, credit union philosophy, and the requirements of laws and regulations. They also ensure the credit union is:
- Being managed by a knowledgeable CEO
- Providing the CEO with adequate resources to employ capable staff
- Complying with all applicable laws and regulations
- Achieving the membership goals stated in the charter
The Supervisory Committee is very important to the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union. We currently have 5 members who serve on our committee to oversee the activities and direction of the credit union.
- Dale Meade, Chair
- Jason Conley
- Joseph Gayheart
- Vikki Parman
- Dr. Cleo Price
The Supervisory Committee is responsible for ensuring that the credit union is operating safely and reliably. It also confirms that there is sufficient documentation to reflect the safety condition. The committee carries out its duties by:
- Hiring external auditors and working closely with our internal auditors
- Ensuring that our Board of Directors is fulfilling their responsibilities
- Utilizing third parties to assist them with their duties
- Hiring an outside accounting firm to perform the financial opinion audit