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Members of the $495 million Ascentra Credit Union’s leadership team present a $23,350 check to the River Bend Foodbank in front of a culture wall featuring the credit union’s late president/CEO, Dale Owen, at Ascentra’s home office in Bettendorf, Iowa. Through an auto loan promotion, Ascentra members generated the donation that will provide approximately 116,750 meals for local families in Iowa’s Quad Cities, Clinton and Muscatine communities, which the credit union serves. Since 2018, Ascentra members financing a new vehicle during the holiday season have been eligible to receive $50 and give a $50 donation from Ascentra to a predetermined charity in that member’s community. This 2020 holiday promotion was part of a larger “Season of Caring” awareness campaign developed to bring awareness to the food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Ascentra SVP and Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Naeve, River Bend Foodbank Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving Leslie Corlett and River Bend Foodbank President/CEO Mike Miller. Pictured from left to right in back row are Ascentra CFO Jay England, Ascentra Interim President/CEO Linda Andry, Ascentra EVP and Chief Technology Officer Brad Knutson and Ascentra Marketing Team Lead Barry Shaw.

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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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