Stephen F. Danna is the Chairman/Director of the Bank and resides in Browns Valley, California. Since 2010, Mr. Danna has served as the President of Danna Farms, a family owned farming and real estate investment company headquartered in Plumas Lake, California. Mr. Danna earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.
Stephen F. Danna
Chairman of the Board
John M. Jelavich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of River Valley Community Bank. John, a native of Yuba City, graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Finance. He spent 22 years with The PMI Group, a provider of credit enhancement to facilitate mortgage lending and securitization. At PMI, Mr. Jelavich served in numerous senior level finance, operations, credit risk management, and loss mitigation capacities. In July 2010, he and his family relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area back to Yuba City when he joined the Bank. In July 2012, he earned his graduate banking degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado, University of Colorado in Boulder. Mr. Jelavich has served as President and CEO since April 2014.
John M. Jelavich
President/CEO & Director
Harry J. Cheim is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California. Since 1986, Mr. Cheim has served as the President of Union Lumber Company of Marysville. From 2004 to 2005, he served as a member of the Advisory Board of Humboldt Bank and Umpqua Bank. Mr. Cheim earned his B.S. in Business Management from the University of Wyoming.
Harry J. Cheim
J. Terry Eager is a director of the Bank and resides in El Macero, California. Mr. Eager is a Certified Public Accountant and retired Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP. During his tenure with PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 1969 to 2004, Mr. Eager served as the partner-in-charge of the Sacramento office's tax practice, specializing in real estate, agriculture and California taxation. Mr. Eager has considerable agriculture and business interests in Yuba and Sutter counties. Mr. Eager earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Oregon and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
J. Terry Eager
Kurt G. Hilbers is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California. Since 1983, Mr. Hilbers has been the owner and President of Hilbers, Inc., a large commercial construction and development company headquartered in Yuba City, California. During 2004, he served as a member of the Advisory Board of Umpqua Bank. Mr. Hilbers graduated from California State University, Chico.
Kurt G. Hilbers
Lawrence S. Raber is a director of the Bank and resides in El Macero, California. Mr. Raber is a Certified Public Accountant and retired in early 2017 as an audit partner of Crowe Horwath LLP and its predecessor in Sacramento, Perry-Smith LLP. Mr. Raber joined Perry-Smith in 2000 and had been a partner since 2001. He led Crowe's Northern California Bank Audit practice since the firms merged in 2011. Mr. Raber brings a deep knowledge of financial institutions to the board in the areas of financial management and internal controls and is actively involved in trade groups focusing on the community banking industry. Mr. Raber earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence S. Raber
John A. Morrison is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California. Since 1980, Mr. Morrison has worked for Sunset Moulding Company, a family operated wood moulding and window parts manufacturing business headquartered in Live Oak, California. Since 1998, he has served as the President of Sunset Moulding Company. Mr. Morrison earned his B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.
John A. Morrison
Gurjeet (Gary) S. Thiara is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California. He is the President & CEO of Empire Farming Company and General Partner of Thiara Agribusiness. Mr. Thiara is a Board Member at Sunsweet Growers where he served as Chairman for 17 years. Mr. Thiara earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from California State University, Fresno and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and completed the Executive Education Program of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Gary S. Thiara
Nicole Montna Van Vleck
Nicole Montna Van Vleck is a director of the Bank and resides in Northern Nevada. Ms. Van Vleck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of family owned and operated Montna Farms, in Yuba City, California. Montna Farms is a major grower of Japanese short grain specialty rice as well as a leader in working lands conservation. She is a third-generation rice farmer born and raised in Sutter County. She serves on numerous state and national associations as an advocate for the state's farmers for which she has been recognized with several awards such as the Sacramento Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business and USA Rice Farmer of the Year. She is a graduate of the California Agricultural and USA Rice Leadership Programs as well as a regular participant in the UC Davis California Agribusiness Executive Seminar. Van Vleck earned her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Michael C. Wheeler is a director of the Bank and resides in Live Oak, California. Since 1973, Mr. Wheeler has been the General Manager, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheeler Oldsmobile-Cadillac dba Wheeler Chevrolet Cadillac Mazda in Yuba City, California. During that same time period, he has served as the General Manager of Yuba Sutter Car Wash also located in Yuba City, California. In 1975, Mr. Wheeler was a founding member of California Independent Bancorp and Feather River State Bank. From 1975 through 2004, he served on the board of directors of both entities and all related committees. Mr. Wheeler was the Chairman of Feather River State Bank from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Wheeler earned both his B.A. in Economics and M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Michael C. Wheeler
Joe M. Griggs is a director of the Bank and resides in the Grass Valley area for more than five decades. Mr. Griggs is a second generation logger, who has worked in the Northern California Timber Industries for 35 years. Working through the ranks of the family owned logging and trucking company, he became President of Robinson Enterprises, Inc. in 2011. Mr. Griggs earned a B.S. of Business Administration and Finance at Chico State University in 1984. Mr. Griggs is also a board member of Associated California Loggers.
Joe M. Griggs
John I. Jelavich is the retired Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Bank since its inception and has resided in Yuba City, California, most of his life. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Jelavich was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Feather River State Bank and its parent California Independent Bancorp. From 2000 to 2004, he also served as a director of Feather River State Bank and its parent California Independent Bancorp. Prior to 2000, Mr. Jelavich served with major banks in various management capacities since 1973 in the Sacramento Valley. Mr. Jelavich earned his B.S. Degree in Economics from the University of Nevada.
John I. Jelavich