Juanita WhitesideJuanita Whiteside, president/CEO of the $284 million Otero FCU, passed away on Aug. 13 after a long battle with breast cancer. A release from the Credit Union Association of New Mexico said Whiteside worked at the Alamagordo, N.M.-based cooperative for more than 37 years.

In 2011, Whiteside became one of the first New Mexico credit union CEOs to post on social media when she was inspired to dive into popular culture and form a flash mob, the CUANM said. In July, Otero FCU was one of four New Mexico credit unions on a list of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America. Otero was 78th on the national list compiled from more than 6,000 federally insured credit unions evaluated.

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