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The $955 million Valley First Credit Union in Modesto, Calif., hired Andrea Brooks as chief risk officer. In her new role, she will oversee the areas of enterprise risk management, compliance, Bank Secrecy Act, audit, security and loss prevention, and legal, as well as serve as the executive team liaison to the supervisory committee. Brooks brings more than 25 years of risk, audit and compliance experience, having most recently served 10 years at the $682 million, Livermore, Calif.-based UNCLE Credit Union, where she oversaw all aspects of its compliance, risk and audit program. Before that, she served as audit and compliance manager for the $1.4 billion, Livermore-based Operating Engineers Federal Credit Union. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a certified Credit Union Compliance Expert and Credit Union Enterprise Risk Management Expert.

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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