Going into her new role as president and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues in October 2010, Diana Dykstra had nearly three decades of experience working for California credit unions, which allowed her to build many relationships. So it made sense that becoming head of a league that oversees two struggling sand states was a natural transition for her.

Dykstra began her credit union career as a part-time loan clerk and later became the senior vice president of the $3.6 billion, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Patelco Credit Union, president and CEO of the $619 million, Lompoc, Calif.-based CoastHills Federal Credit Union, and most recently, CEO of the $670 million San Francisco Fire Credit Union. She said the main differentiator between her and former leagues president and CEO Bill Cheney, who was named president and CEO of CUNA last year, is their backgrounds.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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