Board of Directors

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
Retired 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
Director

 

Stephen F. Danna is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California.  Since 1992, Mr. Danna has worked at Danna and Danna, Inc., a farming and real estate investment company headquartered in Yuba City, California, where he has served as Manager from 1992-2003 and President since 2003.  Mr. Danna earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. 


Stephen F. Danna
Director

 

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.  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
Director

 

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
Director

 

 Axel M. Karlshoej is a director of the Bank and resides in Yuba City, California.  Mr. Karlshoej is Chariman of Nordic Industries, Inc., a privately held general engineering and construction company headquartered in Marysville, California.  Mr. Karlshoej graduated from the Denmark School of Agriculture. Mr. Karlshoej is also a director of Teekay Shipping Corporation, whose common stock is registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


Axel M. Karlshoej
Director

 

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
Director

 

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 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.  Mr. Thiara currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the bank.


Gary S. Thiara
Chairman/Director

 

Nicole Montna Van Vleck is a director of the Bank and resides in Sacramento, California.  Since 1994, Ms. Van Vleck has been the Managing Partner of family owned and operated Montna Farms, in Yuba City, California.  Montna Farms is a major grower of Japanese short grain specialty rice.  Ms. Van Vleck is actively involved in all aspects of the operations from growing to drying and milling.  She is a third generation rice farmer from Sutter County.   She has served on numerous associations as an advocate for the state's farmers. Ms. Van Vleck earned her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Nicole Montna Van Vleck
Director

 

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
Director

 

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
Director