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Deb Evans Deb Evans

Deb Evans, market area leader for the $2 billion, Spokane Valley, Wash.-based Horizon Credit Union and former president/CEO for the $134 million, Great Falls, Mont.-based Embark Credit Union, will retire on April 28, 2023 after 46 years in the financial industry and a 24-year career in credit unions. She began working in credit unions in 1999, joining Embark (formerly Great Falls Teachers Federal Credit Union) in 2001 as vice president of human resources, marketing and compliance. After a year-long departure from the credit union, she returned in 2006 to accept the position of president/CEO. She has served on multiple boards, including the board of directors for United Way, Great Falls Development Authority, Great Falls Symphony, University of Providence, Great Falls International Airport and Dean’s Advisory Committee at Great Falls College MSU. In 2006 she received the Great Falls Chamber’s ATHENA award – an award honoring women who achieved high levels of professional accomplishment, excelled in their field and gave back to their community in meaningful ways. She was also recognized in 2017 as Montana’s Credit Union Professional of the Year.

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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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