Jim Tidwell - Chair
Jim Tidwell has served on the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors for six years, currently serving as Chair. He has also served on the ALM, Loan Policy, Training, and Strategic Planning committees during his tenure. Jim serves as the Director of Finance and Budget in the Office of the Commissioner of the Church Educational System. In this assignment he coordinates the resolution and reporting of accounting, investing, and budgeting issues with peers at BYU, BYU-Hawaii, BYU-Idaho, LDS Business College, and Seminaries and Institutes. Prior to this assignment, he served as a Director in the Church Budget Office, and Controller of the Central America Area. Prior to employment with the LDS Church, he worked eight years as an auditor and small business advisor for Deloitte. He graduated with a B.A. in accounting from the University of Utah and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Doug Martin - Vice Chair
Doug Martin has served on the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors for two years. This will be his second year as Vice Chair, and he has also served on the 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.
Susan Rather - Secretary
Susan Clayton Rather has served on the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors since 2007, and has served as Vice Chair and Secretary on the Executive Committee. She has also served on the Governmental Affairs, Member Relations, Strategic Planning, Training, and Loan Policy Committees during her tenure. She represents Deseret First as a member of the Global Women’s Leadership Network of the World Council of Credit Unions. Susan is manager of evaluation and training for LDS Welfare Services. She earned a B.A. degree in English at the University of Utah, an M.A. in Film at Brigham Young University, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology from Nova Southeastern University.
Allan Gunnerson
Allan Gunnerson has served on the Deseret First Board of Directors since 2001. He has chaired the board and has worked on various committees. He currently serves as the chair of the Loan Policy and Training Committees. Allan 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 is currently involved in other professional endeavors. His education includes a doctorate degree in college and university administration.
Brad Jacox
Brad Jacox has served on the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors for two years, serving on the ALM, Compensation, Member Relations and Loan Policy committees during his tenure. He is currently the Director of the Global Service Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a department which provides temporal affairs transactional services and customer support to members, leaders, and employees worldwide. He has worked for the Church for 30 years in various assignments such as Director for Temporal Affairs of the Brazil Area, Regional Controller, Area Controller, Finance Manager, and several strategic task groups.
Randy Ploeger
Randy Ploeger has served Deseret First Credit Union for 22 years; 9 years as a member of the Supervisory Committee and 13 years as a member of the Board of Directors sitting on various committees throughout his tenure. Randy is employed by the Church and is currently working in the Human Resource department. 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.
Paul Rytting
Paul Rytting is the newest member of the Deseret First Credit Union Board of Directors. He completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at BYU, and went on to receive a law degree at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and served as a clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. After several years in private law practice, Paul was hired by the Church and since 2002 has been Director of the Risk Management Division. He has served as a board member for several non-profit/charitable organizations, and is a member of the Washington and Utah Bar Associations.


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