Corporate Governance

Sierra Pacific FCU is organized under its federal charter and by-laws as a financial cooperative serving its members’ financial needs. A Board of Directors is elected on a rotating basis during the annual meeting. Each eligible member has one vote, regardless of the number of shares held. The Board presently consists of nine members.

The other member volunteer committees include the Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee arranges for the annual audit and conducts its own audits and analyses.

Don Ross


Don has been a director since 2012. As a shareholder in the law firm Woodburn and Wedge, Nevada's oldest law firm, Don practices primarily in the area of estate planning. He holds an MBA from the University of Utah, a JD, cum laude from Brigham Young University, and a Masters of Laws degree in taxation from the University of Florida. He is an avid outdoorsman and is active in the Boy Scouts of America and Rotary.

Bruce Harvey


Bruce has been a director since 2006. He serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Paradigm Capital Management, an SEC fee-only investment advisory firm located in Reno, Nevada. Bruce holds a BS and MS in Applied Economics.

Robert Fitch


Robert is the retired head of the Nevada Air Guard, with a final rank of Brigadier General. He was also the Director of Distribution Design Services. Bob has been a Board member for nearly 20 years and has served over a period of tremendous growth and change both at Sierra Pacific and in the industry overall. Bob holds a degree in accounting from the University of Nevada.

Nan Boyer


Nan has been a volunteer for the credit union since 1990 and served as Chair of the Supervisory Committee for over ten years. During that tenure, Nan has undergone extensive training in the applicable rules and regulations, finances, and auditing. In her Supervisory Committee training, Nan has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of lending practices, credit union controls, and office operations. Nan has enjoyed an extensive career at NV Energy and served as Staff Process Consultant in Northern Operations before her retirement. Nan is involved in her community, serving on the PTA and PTO boards as Treasurer, her HOA board, and the Beta Sigma Phi board. She has been active in the Reno Rodeo Association and is presently active in volunteerism with a number of organizations.

Michael Barnes


Michael and his wife Anne have been members and advocates for the credit union since 1996. As a civil engineer, Michael has been extensively involved in Northern Nevada Development, including the Heinz Ranch project opposite Cold Springs. Michael brings an impressive background and a keen analytical eye to the Board.

Matthew Helmers

Vice Chair

Matthew has served as the Vice-Chair for Sierra Pacific FCU’s Board of Directors since 2019. He is a two-time graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and Master’s degree in business administration. He is currently employed as the Director/District Operations at Southwest Gas based in Carson City, NV. He is responsible for the Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance of the natural gas system for areas of Northern Nevada that include Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Elko, and Winnemucca, and areas of Northern California that include Lake Tahoe and Truckee.  Matthew has served as chair of the American Gas Association’s Best Practices Committee, and on the board of the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada.  When he is not working, Matthew enjoys spending time on the slopes snowboarding or on a lake wake surfing with his wife, Amy, and son Wade.

Carolyn Barbash


Biography coming soon

Robert Aytes


Robert Aytes, P.E. is a native of Las Vegas, NV, and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Robert earned his Master of Business from the University of Phoenix and currently holds a professional license in Civil Engineering. In his twenty-plus years of experience, he has excelled in various fields of engineering including electrical, theater automation, civil land development, and natural gas. His work has taken him to the four corners of the United States and Mexico. He has had the privilege to work on a wide array of projects including a multibillion-dollar land development project in Las Vegas, a sixty-foot wide video board high atop Times Square in New York, and the redesign of a natural gas pressure limiting station. Currently, Robert works for Southwest Gas Corporation in Las Vegas where he manages the movement of up to 200 BCF of natural gas annually for customers in three states. In addition to his professional contributions, Robert has served as a board director for numerous professional nonprofit organizations, including the Nevada Society of Professional Engineers (NVSPE), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). He is enthusiastic about connecting industry professionals with educators and programs in local schools through his work with the UNLV College of Engineers Advisory Board. Robert joined the Sierra Pacific FCU Board of Directors in 2022.

Jim Hunting

Vice President

Jim served as President and CEO of Sierra Pacific FCU from 2001 to 2023 and saw the credit union through unprecedented growth in assets, members, and services. In January of 2023, Jim passed his CEO position on to Leslie Ramsdell. He now serves as Vice President with a focus on Business Development. He remains on Sierra's Board of Directors. In addition to his management responsibilities, Jim has served as Commissioner of the Washoe County Debt Commission, past president and board member of the Downtown Reno Business Association, and board member of the Reno Chamber of Commerce for 12 years.

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