Board of Directors
Dakotaland Federal Credit Union is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Directors are Credit Union members who are unpaid volunteers elected by the membership. These dedicated individuals set the direction of the Credit Union and set policies the Credit Union's management and staff follow in achieving our mission and vision.
Chairperson of the Board
Lance Howe is a Tulare High School graduate with an Agricultural Education & Agronomy Degree from South Dakota State University. Residing in Redfield, Lance is employed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Scientist Regional Project Supervisor. Lance and his wife, Shirley, have two children: Jordanne and Dalton. Mr. Howe served on the Turtle Creek Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee from 2006-2010 and was Chairman of the Supervisory Committee from 2009-2010. Lance also served on the Turtle Creek Federal Credit Union Board of Directors from 2010-2011 and was the Chairman of the Board of Directors during the mergers with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Lance is currently serving as Chairman of the Board.
First Vice Chairperson of the Board
Randy Meendering is a native of Rock Valley, IA. Randy and his family moved to Huron in 1989 and he is the CEO for Huron Area Center for Independence. His job responsibilities involve development, planning, budgeting and managing employees. Randy has always appreciated the service and resources that Dakotaland makes available for his organization and employees. Randy has been active with Kiwanis, Greater Huron Development, the Huron Chamber, First United Methodist Church and the SD Association of Community Based Services. Randy and his wife, Susan, reside in Huron. In his spare time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and doing home improvement projects.
Secretary of the Board
Bonnie Geyer has dedicated her career teaching youth and adults statewide about the value and importance of Credit Unions and other types of cooperative businesses. Ms. Geyer grew up on a farm in the Manchester area and graduated from Iroquois High School. She has a business degree from Northern State University and a business education degree from Huron University. Bonnie currently serves as the Secretary of the Dakotaland Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Prior to that, she served on the Supervisory Committee from March 1998 until her election to the board in 2004. Bonnie is currently employed with the City Park and Rec Department in Huron. She is active on the Huron Chamber Ag Committee and is a 2002–2003 Leadership Huron Graduate. Bonnie is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Association of Cooperative Educators, PEO and Huron Area Photography Club.
Treasurer of the Board
Randy Seppala has dedicated 11 years to the Board of Directors for the Mitchell Area Federal Credit Union in Mitchell, SD. Randy served two years as Chairman of the Board for Mitchell Area Federal Credit Union and was presiding at the time of the merger with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Mr. Seppala has been a tireless Credit Union advocate and an active member since 1982. Seppala, a long time Mitchell resident, works in food vendor sales in both South Dakota and a portion of Minnesota. He travels extensively with his position and looks forward to introducing new product lines to his customers. Randy and his wife, Cindy, a veteran employee of Mueller Lumber, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. In his free time, Randy enjoys wood working and attending to his yard. He admits to being a basketball fan, but agrees that his grandchildren get top priority. Seppala also donates his time to community organizations such as the Moose Lodge and the Mitchell Stampede Rodeo.
Bob Curtis is a Redfield High School graduate and earned his Bachelor degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. He has been employed with Game, Fish and Parks for 30 plus years and is currently a Wildlife Damage Specialist and Wildlife Biologist. He and his wife, Brenda, of 24 years have two children, Summer and Ryley along with two grandchildren. Mr. Curtis has served on the Board of Directors at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union for six years. One of the things Bob most enjoys about being on the Board of Directors is being able to interact and be of service to not only our members, but staff and management.
Dr. George Langelett joined South Dakota State University and Dakotaland Federal Credit Union in 2002 after teaching for three years at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Dr. Langelett was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2006, and to Professor in July 2011. From 2006 to 2010 Dr. Langelett was a General Partner at Dakota Financial Research, where he worked as a Forensic Economist and a Business Valuation Analyst. George and his wife, Lara, reside in Brookings. Langelett joined the Dakotaland Board of Directors in 2018.
Lois has a 30-year history with credit unions and was serving on the Consolidated HUB Co Federal Credit Union Board at the time of the January 1, 2018 merger with Dakotaland. Pletten admits she is dedicated to her credit union volunteer work and agrees it is a major part of who she is. The oldest of nine children and originally from Watertown, SD, Lois lived in the Minneapolis area and graduated from high school at Spring Lake Park, MN. Later she returned to South Dakota and earned two degrees; the first in Business Management and a second in Cosmetology. In 1975, Pletten made her way to the Hub City where she was employed with Aberdeen Glass for 12-years and then spent 24-years with 3M. Currently, Lois is a self-employed, semi-retired farmer with a grown daughter, Chastidy. Lois enjoys bowling, golfing and spending time with her friends and family.
The Supervisory Committee is comprised of members who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the Credit Union's financial position is both safe and sound.
Chairman of the Supervisory Committee
Robin served as Chairman of the Board for 23 years from 1993 to 2016 and currently serves as the Second Vice Chairperson of the Board as well as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee. Robin graduated from Wolsey High School and then served four years in the United States Air Force. He later went into business with his father and brother. Robin has been a partner of the family operated, Olson Construction, for the past 25 years.
Supervisory Board Member
Alisa Lutter grew up on a farm near Raymond, SD and attended elementary and high school in Clark, SD. She attended college at Stenotype Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. Ms. Lutter moved to Redfield in 1994, at which time she became a member of Turtle Creek Federal Credit Union. Alisa is married to Joe Lutter and they have five children. The Lutter family resides on a farm near Zell, SD. In 2007 Alisa received her real estate license and purchased Williams Realty, which later changed its name to Lutter Realty. Joe and Alisa are also involved in the family auction business "Lutter & Associates". Lutter was serving on the Turtle Creek supervisory committee for two years before merging with Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Alisa has agreed to continue her commitment to the Credit Union and maintain her position on the supervisory committee.
Supervisory Board Member
Ron Roy has been a director at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union since 1983 and a member of the Credit Union for 32 years. Ron is employed by LSI in Alpena. Mr. Roy has also worked for Riverside Manufacturing, Dakota Pork, Swift Independence and Armour Foods for a total of nearly 20 years in the meat packing industry. Ron Roy currently serves as Treasurer of the Board and has served for 28 years. Ron and his wife Laurie have five children between them and love spending time with their children and seven grandchildren. Ron and Laurie reside in Huron.