Denise Gabel is leaving the Filene Research Institute to takeover as the new chief operating officer for the Northwest Credit Union Association in Federal Way, Wash.,starting Nov. 5.

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“I'm extremely pleased that Denise will be joining ourorganization as my executive colleague and second in command,” saidTroy Stang, NWCUA's CEO/president. “She shares our passion fora successful credit union movement in the Northwest and will becharged with direct operational oversight of critical services weprovide for nearly 200 credit unions in the region.”

Gabel, a Spokane, Wash., native who joined Filene after servingas vice president for strategic direction at the $1.6 billionSpokane Teachers Credit Union, will be responsible at the NWCUA forcompliance services, training and development, publicrelations and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.

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She will also provide direction to Strategic Link, NWCUA'sservice corporation that leverages cooperative intelligence andprovides credit unions with efficient products andservices through preferred business solutions.

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Gabel is leaving her position as chief finance andstrategy officer at Filene in Madison, Wis., where she was responsible foridentifying trends and opportunities to bring to the credit unionsystem. She was with Filene for six years.

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Another priority for Gabel will be working with all creditunions to ensure collaborative engagementand participation. In her role as a Filene innovator, Gabelhas a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities withinthe industry, Stang noted.

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With Gabel on board overseeing the organization's operations,Stang said he will focus on oversight of the NWCUA'slegislative, regulatory and governmental affairs policyefforts.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association said it now serves 164credit unions in Oregon and Washington. It was officially formed onJan. 1, 2011, after a merger of the two states' leagues.

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