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.

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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.