Chief of Staff
Miles Dickson is Chief of Staff for the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office. In this role, which he was appointed to in February 2019, Miles serves as an advisor to the Treasurer and is responsible for leading strategy and special initiatives, collaborating with other governmental officials and community stakeholders, and working with the talented personnel team to support effective operations.
Prior to joining the Treasurer’s Office, Miles was a Principal in The JABarrett Company, a Nevada-based management consulting company where he served as a senior advisor, advocate, and project manager for clients spanning the private, public, and social sectors. Miles has a Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from UNLV. He is also a graduate of the Executive Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. A third-generation Nevadan, Miles is very engaged in local causes and serves on several nonprofit organization boards.
Chief Deputy Treasurer
Chief Deputy Treasurer Tara Hagan joined the State Treasurer’s Office in June 2012 as Deputy Treasurer - Finance. Her responsibilities include working closely with the Debt Management, Investment Management, and Cash Management divisions, including assisting with investment and contract responsibilities related to the Nevada College Savings Plans. Tara previously served nearly five years as the Executive Director of the Nevada Deferred Compensation Program, where she was responsible for managing the daily operations. Prior to this position, Tara was the Regional Manager for Voya Financial Services (formerly ING Financial Services) where she was responsible for the relationship management of several government defined contribution plans in California and Nevada. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa.
Senior Policy Director
Erik Jimenez currently serves as the Senior Policy Director in the Treasurer’s office. Prior to joining the office, Erik managed Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve’s successful reelection campaign in 2018, while also working on Treasurer Conine’s statewide campaign. Erik has previously represented various gaming, health care, education, energy, and transportation clients in front of the Nevada Legislature, and has also worked to pass numerous disability reforms in Nevada. A native of Las Vegas, Erik came to Northern Nevada after high school, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Nevada Reno. Erik currently serves as the Chair of the Access Advisory Committee for the City of Reno, on the Board of Trustees for United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada, and on the legislative committee for the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Kirsten Van Ry
Senior Policy Director
Kirsten Van Ry currently serves as the Senior Policy Director for the State Treasurer’s Office. Born and raised in Nevada, Kirsten holds a baccalaureate degree in political science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a law degree from William S. Boyd School of Law. Prior to joining the office, Kirsten served as the Deputy Chief of Staff under former Nevada Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison. Kirsten’s previous positions include experience in legislative and community relations in Las Vegas and Carson City.
Senior Deputy for Southern Nevada
Beth Yeatts, Senior Deputy for Southern Nevada, was appointed to the Treasurer’s Office in October 2017. She is responsible for overseeing the College Savings and Unclaimed Property Divisions, in addition to working with the Chief Deputy Treasurer and the Chief of Staff on special projects. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s Office, Beth worked in various state and federal government agencies and has spent over 20 years in management roles in higher education. She holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Youngstown State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Deputy Treasurer of Cash Management
Amber Lawaccepted the position of Deputy Treasurer of Cash Management in March 2016. Amber is a Certified Public Manager and has served in governmental finance and accounting since 2005, and previously worked for the State Treasurer’s Office from 2007 to 2012. Amber’s duties include managing the Cash Management Division which oversees the State’s banking relationships, the reconciliation of bank transactions with state accounting records, the e-payment merchant services program, and administers the state’s check distribution program. She also oversees the day to day budget process, biennial budget request, purchasing, contract management, revenue forecasts, reports and financial statements for the Treasurer’s Office.
Deputy Treasurer of Debt Management
Lori Chatwood accepted the position of Deputy Treasurer/Debt Management in March 2008. She has been employed by the State Treasurer’s Office since 1997 and has worked within the Debt Management division since 2000. As Deputy Treasurer, Lori’s responsibilities include overseeing the issuance of State securities, rating agency relations, investor relations, and the administration of the Consolidated Bond Interest and Redemption Fund budgets as well as managing the Debt Management Division. The Division is responsible for the collection and payment of various State obligations, the post issuance compliance of State securities with federal and State securities law and the reconciliation of the State’s debt portfolio accounting transactions with banks, agencies, entities, and State accounting records. The Division administers bonding for the Municipal Bond Bank, the Permanent School Fund Guarantee, the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund, the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Fund, the Unemployment Compensation Bond Fund, Lease-Backed Financings, Colorado River Commission Bonds, Public Works Capital Improvements, Tahoe Environmental Improvements, Open Space, Parks, Cultural and Natural Resources, Wildlife Fish Hatchery Improvements, Nevada System of Education Slot Tax, Water Grants, Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation Grants, Marlette Lake Water System, and Highway Improvements.
Deputy Treasurer of Unclaimed Property
Linda Tobin accepted the position of Deputy Treasurer of Unclaimed Property in January 2018.
Linda is a graduate from UNLV and is both a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Public Manager. Linda manages the state’s Unclaimed Property program which is responsible for collecting unclaimed property from businesses across the country due to Nevadan’s and then working to return these funds back to the rightful owner. Linda has worked for the State of Nevada for more than 21 years, including spending her first 20 years of state service with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Deputy Treasurer of Investments
Kimberly Shafer serves as the agency’s Deputy Treasurer for Investments. Kim is responsible for management of the investment activities conducted through and for the Treasurer’s Office, including the state’s $2.1 billion General Portfolio, $581 million Local Government Investment Pool, and the $308 million Permanent School Fund, among others. Before joining the Treasurer’s Office in March 2016, Kim has worked for the Controller’s Office, the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Audit Division and the Treasurer’s Office as the Deputy Treasurer for Cash Management. Kim received her Bachelors of Science degree in 1998 from Sonoma State University. Prior to working for the State, Kim was employed by a public accounting firm in Reno. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Kim lives in Dayton with her husband, Rick, and her two sons.
Executive Director of the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship program and Deputy Treasurer for College Savings
Sheila Salehian, Executive Director of the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship program and Deputy Treasurer for College Savings joined the Treasurer’s Office in January 2012. Sheila’s responsibilities include oversight of the first 529 College Savings Program in Nevada and The Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program. She is also responsible for outreach and administration of the office’s many Financial Literacy programs. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s office, Sheila worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 22 years, holding a variety of Relationship Manager, Area Director, & Information Technology liaison roles for a Fortune 100 company. Sheila holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.