Stuart R. Levine

The struggle to achieve self-enlightenment may conjure up images of a down-on-their-luck individual’s third go-around at a silent meditation retreat, but it’s also a common struggle for credit union board members. When management consulting firm Stuart Levine & Associates meets with the board of a new credit union client for the first time, firm representatives like to ask the following questions: Why are we here? And, what do you want to achieve, and why? Often, according to Chairman and CEO Stuart R. Levine, clients are stunned by these questions.

Levine, who has served on the boards of 15 for-profit and not-for-profit organizations himself, has been helping credit union boards achieve self-enlightenment and much more for over 20 years. Currently, credit unions comprise about 25% of the West Palm Beach, Fla.-based firm’s business, with health care and other financial services organizations rounding out its client mix.

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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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