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The $87 million Tongass Federal Credit Union in Ketchikan, Alaska hired Gracia O’Connell as assistant vice president of consumer lending. O’Connell comes to Tongass with nearly 20 years of experience in the credit union industry, most recently at Denali Federal Credit Union ($661 million, Anchorage, Alaska) where she served as vice president of contact center operations and eServices. Prior to joining Denali, Gracia was with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union ($8.5 billion, Anchorage) for 15 years, where she held a variety of roles such as consumer lending compliance officer, extra credit manager, and consumer loan officer and processor roles.

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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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