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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.

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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