Association Board and governance

Many thanks to the individuals who have served, and currently serve on the board of directors to the Utah Credit Union Association. Over the years, their guidance has helped the Utah credit union industry thrive and grow.

General information about the board governance

The Utah Credit Union Association consists of 11 directors that work or volunteer at member Utah credit unions. Directors are elected to three-year terms in 5 different categories:

Category

At-large (credit unions of any asset size) – 3 seats

Credit unions with under $105 million in assets – 2 seats

Credit unions with assets between $105 million and $452 Million – 2 seats

Credit unions of more than $452 million in assets – 3 seats

Credit unions with more than $4.520 billion in assets – 1 seat

The dollar amounts of the asset categories are adjusted annually, based on the overall growth rate of Utah’s credit unions over the last three years.

The board itself is directed by an executive committee consisting of the chair, vice chair, and secretary.

The board meets 8 times annually.

Current board members

Photo of current board chair, Sterling Nielsen

Sterling Nielsen, Chair

President/CEO,
Mountain America Credit Union

Began serving: 2009
Term ends in: 2025
Seat category:
CUs with more than $452 million in assets

Photo of current board chair, Shane London

Shane London, Vice chair

President/CEO,
Deseret First Credit Union

Began serving: 2015
Term ends in: 2023
Seat category:
CUs with more than $452 million in assets

Photo of current board chair, Tammy Phillips

Tammy Phillips, Secretary

President,
Varex Federal Credit Union

Began serving: 2016
Term ends in: 2025
Seat category:
CUs up to $105 million

The following members of the board are sorted based on the year they began their service on the board.

Ken Payne

President,
Freedom Credit Union

Began serving: 2008
Term ends in: 2024
Seat category:
CUs up to $105 million

Todd Adamson

President/CEO,
Cyprus Credit Union

Began serving: 2009
Term ends in: 2023
Seat category:
CUs with more than $452 million in assets

Dean Hirabayashi

President/CEO,
National JACL Credit Union

Began serving: 2011
Term ends in: 2023
Seat category:
At-large

Thomas Gourdin

President,
Firefighters Credit Union

Began serving: 2011
Term ends in: 2024
Seat category:
At-large

Paul Atkinson

President/CEO,
Alpine Credit Union

Began serving: 2019
Term ends in: 2024
Seat category:
CUs from $105 million to $452 million

Kerry Wahlen

President/CEO,
Goldenwest Credit Union

Began serving: 2020
Term ends in: 2024
Seat category:
At-large

Thayne Schaffer

President/CEO,
America First Credit Union

Began serving: 2021
Term ends in: 2025
Seat category:
CUs with more than $4.5 billion in assets

Michelle Thorne

President/CEO,
American United Credit Union

Began serving: 2021
Term ends in: 2025
Seat category:
CUs from $105 million to $452 million