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The $332 million, Billings, Mont.-based Valley Credit Union donated a Ford F-150 to ZooMontana after a break-in and robbery at the zoo. During the late business hours on July 10, an unidentified individual entered ZooMontana, a nonprofit organization in Billings, waiting until after hours to break into and hide in a zoo vehicle. The suspect hotwired the vehicle and made their escape by driving through the zoo's security gate. This impact disabled the vehicle several miles down the road. The vehicle was damaged beyond repair, causing the loss of a crucial piece of equipment for the zoo. The donated Ford F-150 will allow ZooMontana's staff to properly and efficiently care for the animals and grounds. Pictured from left to right are Matt Macrow and Brandon Scala of Valley CU, Jessica Hart and Jeff Ewelt of ZooMontana, and Darla Card of Valley CU.

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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.