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Gene Pelham Gene Pelham

Rogue Credit Union in Medford, Ore., announced that President/CEO Gene Pelham will retire in the spring of 2022 after more than 18 years of service. Pelham, who has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, joined the credit union in 2003 and became president/CEO in 2007. Under his leadership, Rogue grew from 39,400 members and $303 million in assets to over 166,000 members and $2.5 billion in assets. Pelham led Rogue through the Great Recession, the purchase and assumption of Chetco Federal Credit Union, a merger with Malheur Federal Credit Union and an expansion from seven branches to a network of 27 locations. Rogue’s board of directors named EVP & COO Matt Stephenson the new president. Pelham will retain the position of CEO until retirement. Stephenson joined the credit union in 2004, serving as the EVP for the last 10 years.

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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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