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From left to right, Donna McNeely, SVP and COO for Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Keith Sultemeier, president/CEO for Kinecta; Albert Robles, mayor of Carson, Calif.; California State Assembly Member Mike A. Gipson; and Sweet Alice Harris, Parents of Watts founder show off donated backpacks in the parking lot of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. Hundreds of families made their way there to pick up backpacks, school supplies and sweatshirts ahead of the new school year for Kinecta’s 11th annual backpack giveaway. The event provided 600 backpacks to local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kinecta ($5 billion, Manhattan Beach, Calif.) also collected $3,800 in monetary donations, which were used to purchase school supplies and additional backpacks. In addition to the families that picked up backpacks from Dignity Health Sports Park, backpacks were also donated to Kinecta community partners including the Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center, Environmental Charter, Parents of Watts, Richstone Family Center, GRYD Foundation, Thomas House Family Shelter, Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Division, Watts/Century Latino Organization and Motorcycle Riders for Homeless Parolees.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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