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2019 Board Elections

2019 Board Elections

As you probably know, credit unions are financial cooperatives owned by the members that bank with them. As an account-holder and owner at Great Basin, you have the opportunity to cast your vote and select the volunteer board of directors that oversees the credit union’s strategic initiatives.

This year, there are four positions available on the Board of Directors. Below is the biographical information on the candidates certified by the Nominating Committee for your consideration for the election to the Board of Directors.

Nominations for vacancies may be made by petition and signed by at least one percent (1%) of the membership or a minimum of 180 qualifying member signatures.

Nominations by petition must be submitted no later than March 25, 2019 (postmarked by 12:00 midnight). Along with the petition, the nominees must submit a signed statement that they are agreeable to nomination and will serve if elected to office. Nominees will also need to submit a typed biography, including why they are interested in serving, their qualifications, and their education. Biographical information furnished will be printed and provided with the ballot. To run for the Board of Directors, nominees must be a Great Basin Federal Credit Union member who is at least 18 years of age.

Great Basin FCU Board Member Requirements:

  • Must make the time and effort to perform the duties of a Director
  • Prepare for, attend and participate in all Board meetings
  • May not be related to or live with a current Great Basin FCU Board member, Committee Member or employee
  • Must be of current sound financial standing (A credit report may be required)
  • Must be an active member of Great Basin FCU and use its products/services
  • Must be willing to attend educational meetings and  seminars to further his/her knowledge of Great Basin FCU and the credit union movement

There will be no ballot process or nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting on May 23, 2019.

The petition, statement of willingness to serve, and biography should be submitted to:

Chairman, Nominating Committee, Great Basin FCU, 9770 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV  89511.

Nominee Information

The following incumbents have been certified by the Nominating Committee for your consideration for the re-election to the Board of Directors.

NICK BARAINCA (incumbent):

Nick Barainca was born and raised in Reno and is currently the Store Team Lead for Raley’s South Tahoe at the Y. Nick was elected to the Board in 2008. Prior to his membership on the board, he also served as a member of the GBFCU Supervisory Committee from 2006-2008. He says he enjoys volunteering because Great Basin cares about the local people and gives back to the community. He has been a loyal member of the credit union for over 30 years.

CAROL INGALLS (incumbent):

Carol Ingalls is a native Nevadan who is currently working with A and H Insurance, Inc. She has been a member of GBFCU since 1998. She was appointed to the Supervisory Committee in 2002 and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2006. According to Carol, Great Basin stands for everything she believes in when it comes to the way Members and Employees are treated and respected.

ANDY ECHIETA (incumbent):

Andy Echieta is a first generation Basque, native Nevadan, born in Reno and a lifelong resident of Sparks. He has worked for the city of Sparks for over 33 years. He volunteered for over 20 years at Sparks City Employees FCU. He worked with Great Basin FCU in the merger with Sparks City Employees FCU and has been volunteering on Great Basin’s board for the past year.

DARRYL VAN DORN (incumbent):

Darryl Van Dorn has extensive history with Credit Union products and services, with 29 years as a member of Schools First FCU. He has lived in Reno for 15 years and currently works for Sierra Nevada Corporation as a Program Manager for Corporate Initiatives. He is active in his community and has been volunteering on Great Basin’s board for the past year.

All Board Members will be required to sign and acknowledge that they understand both the Standards of Conduct Policy and the Fraud Policy of Great Basin Federal Credit Union.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 775.333.4228 or