Board of Directors

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 9 unpaid volunteers, elected by the membership. Click on a board member name or picture to see a brief biography of that board member.

Scott Kelley was elected to the Board of Directors in 2002. He currently serves as Chair of the Board. Dr. Kelley has previously served as the, Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair of the UKFCU Board. Dr. Kelley has been a member of the faculty in the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky since 1989. He currently serves in the college as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

Dr. Kelley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Evansville; a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Illinois University; and a Doctor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Kelley joined the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union as an employee of the University of Kentucky in 1998.

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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.

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GF-2Gary Falter was elected to the UKFCU board in 2013. Gary joined The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc. in February 2000 where he served as Vice President of Development and Operations until 2012. Gary was responsible for the development of commercial products for horsemen including the equineline Portfolio service, the Horse Farm Health-book software for tablets and more recently the iPad Sale Catalog App. Since 2012, Gary has been leading Thoroughbred OwnerView, a nationwide industry initiative to encourage Thoroughbred ownership.

Gary has also owned and bred Thoroughbreds for 32 years and maintains a small breeding operation at his Red Fox Farm in Versailles, Ky. In 2009, Gary and his wife Cindy were awarded with a Sovereign Award as the breeder of the Champion Turf Mare in Canada, Points of Grace. Gary previously served on the board of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners. Gary and his wife Cindy have five daughters, nine grandkids and have been foster parents for 11 years. Gary has been a member of UKFCU since ?????

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Sarah Gaines-webSarah 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.

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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.

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Sarah Nikirk is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Auxiliary Services at the University of Kentucky in her role as Associate Director. Sarah oversees 16 managers who respectively perform the “city of services” that support the academic mission of the University.

She is a member of several professional organizations such as NACAS, ACUHO-I, SEAHO and KAHO. Sarah is an active leader at the University of Kentucky, and is currently the Chair of the UK Women’s Forum.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Sarah, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a minor in Human Services. Sarah also has twenty-four years of business and marketing experience in Auxiliary Services at the University of Kentucky. Her leadership role is in Housing operations, Postal Service, Key Shop, UK Supply Center, Creative Graphics and Web Design and IT.

Sarah has been a proud member of credit union since 1989 when she joined UK and looks forward to her new role on the board.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scott Kelley D.B.A.,
Chair


Stephen Burr,
Vice Chair


Vince Marletta,
Treasurer


Jennifer Krieger,
Secretary


Anna Allen-Edwards,
Director


Michelle Bliffen,
Director


Gary Falter,
Director


Sarah Gaines,
Director


Sarah Nikirk,
Director

Responsibilities

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

Supervisory Committee

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
  • Kayla Hinton
  • Vikki Parman
  • Vince Marletta

Responsibilities

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