OAKDALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Oak Valley Community Bank (OTCBB: OVYB) announced today that Mark Steichen has joined the bank as the Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer in the Bank's Sonora branch.

Steichen was most recently employed by Central California Bank and Umpqua Bank as a Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager. He brings nearly 20 years of banking experience and a long history with the community to the Bank. He has volunteered for many organizations and is currently the Board President of High Country Sports Arena. He attended the California State University, Stanislaus, receiving a degree in Business Administration. Mark and his family reside in Sonora.

"We are very pleased to have Mark join Oak Valley Community Bank's team," said bank President, Chris Courtney. "His longevity in the community coupled with his valuable relationship building skills are a tremendous asset. Mark shares the Bank's philosophy of relationship banking and quality service that is synonymous with Oak Valley Community Bank's brand."

Established in 1991, Oak Valley Community Bank offers a variety of loan and deposit products dedicated to serving the needs of individuals and small businesses. The Bank currently operates through 12 convenient locations: Oakdale, Sonora, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, two branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra Division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. They recently opened a new full-service branch on March Lane in Stockton.

For more information on Oak Valley Community Bank, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit us online at www.ovcb.com.

Contact Information: Contact: Ron Martin Chris Courtney Phone: (209) 848-BANK (2265) Toll Free (866) 844-7500 www.ovcb.com