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Larry Abolaji Larry Abolaji

The $316 million, Visalia, Calif.-based Tucoemas Federal Credit Union hired Larry Abolaji as vice president of lending. Abolaji brings over 17 years of experience in the financial industry, having most recently served as vice president of consumer lending at Rogue Credit Union ($3.1 billion, Medford, Ore.). Before that, he served as vice president of loan servicing and asset recovery at the $1.4 billion CFCU Community Credit Union in Ithaca, N.Y. He also managed corporate trust operations at BNY Mellon in East Syracuse, N.Y., from 2006 to 2015. In his new role, Abolaji will play a pivotal role in driving impactful changes and elevating the institution’s work as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and Minority Depository Institution (MDI). He will apply his strategic vision and expertise to guide efforts to expand access to credit, particularly for underserved and marginalized communities. Abolaji holds a graduate-level certificate in leadership from Michigan State University and a Project Management Certification from DePaul University in Chicago. In addition, he participated in the leadership development program with the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C., and served on the boards of the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce and GO Foundation, both located in Ithaca.

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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.

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