Staff List

Kirsten Van Ry

Chief of Staff
Kirsten Van Ry currently serves as the Chief of Staff 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.

Tara Hagan

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.

Erik Jimenez

Chief Policy Deputy
Erik Jimenez currently serves as the Chief Policy Deputy in the State Treasurer’s office. In this role, Erik works on a variety of projects that range from infrastructure financing to increasing financial independence for marginalized communities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he also helped administer the largest small business assistance program in Nevada history. Erik has previously represented various gaming, health care, education, energy, and transportation clients in front of the Nevada Legislature, and has also worked to enact numerous disability reforms in Nevada. Erik holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy from the University of Nevada Reno. Erik also serves on numerous government and non-profit boards, including serving as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Nevada Office of Minority Health and Equity, and was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak to serve on the Nevada Statewide Independent Living Council.

Amber Law

Senior Deputy for Operations
Amber Law is a Certified Public Manager and has served in government finance since 2005.  Prior to accepting the Senior Deputy Treasurer position, Amber was the Deputy Treasurer over Cash Management and Merchant Services.  Amber was raised in Nevada and is passionate about serving the great Silver State.  She is trained in Lean Six Sigma and Kaizen and enjoys applying these principles to her civil service work.  In her new role, Amber will oversee operations for the State Treasurer’s Office to include Human Resources, IT, Budget, and Contract Management.   

Tami Simpson

Deputy Treasurer of Cash Management
Tami Simpson began working in the Treasurer’s Office in October of 2011 in the Cash Management Division.   With over 15 years of project management experience, she specializes process improvement and the implementation of best practices, policy & procedures.  From 2016 to 2018 Tami helped develop the Merchant Service Program by creating an Education and Outreach Program and a standardized Operating Manual for all participating State agencies.  Tami’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. 

Jeff Landerfelt

Deputy Treasurer of Debt Management
Jeff accepted the Deputy Treasurer of Debt Management position in February 2021. In this role, he will manage the issuance of State securities, rating agency relations, investor relations, and the administration of the Consolidated Bond Interest and Redemption Fund budgets. The Debt Management Division is responsible for collection and payment of various State obligations, post issuance compliance of State securities with federal and State securities law and reconciliation of the State’s debt portfolio accounting transactions. During fifteen years of State service, Jeff has held various audit, analyst, and management positions with the Gaming Control Board, the Secretary of State’s Office, the Public Utilities Commission, and most recently, as an Audit Manager with the Division of Internal Audits. Previously, Jeff held various operations management and audit positions over twenty years in the ground transportation and heavy-weight air cargo industries. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and holds undergraduate and graduate business degrees from California State University, Sacramento, and University of Oregon, respectively. 

Linda Tobin

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.

Kimberly Shafer

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.

Tya Mathis-Coleman

Deputy Treasurer, College Savings
Tya serves as the organization’s Deputy Treasurer of College Savings. In this position her primary focus is on the education initiatives administered by the State Treasurer’s Office. Tya is a passionate servant leader who is committed to public education. Most recently Tya served as the Director of Recruitment for the Clark County School District. Tya is a native of Nevada and a proud product of the Clark County School District and the Nevada System of Higher Education. Tya strongly believes that together we can impact our community one child at a time. As the Deputy Treasurer of College Savings, Tya is responsible for ensuring all College Savings programs are effectively and efficiently managed. The Deputy Treasurer oversees administration, marketing, and execution of all programs, and guides and supports College Savings staff and vendors. Additionally, the Deputy Treasurer develops and maintains various community partnerships that advance College Savings goals.