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The $295 million, Monterey, Calif.-based Monterey Credit Union hired Sidney Cooper, Jr. as CFO. Cooper brings over 25 years of accounting and finance experience, including capital market experience as a senior trader for Sumitomo Ltd. and FHLB San Francisco, and as an assistant vice president for Countrywide Capital Markets. For the last 15 years, Cooper has been a part of the credit union movement, serving as a senior analyst for Mission Federal Credit Union ($6.1 billion, San Diego) and vice president of finance, treasurer for Rogue Credit Union ($3.2 billion, Medford, Ore.). He has also developed curriculums for Smart Start in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and served on the board for Court Appointed Support Advocates, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Cooper Family Foundation for the celebration of Juneteenth. Cooper succeeds James Penprase, who retired after 35 years of service as CFO for Monterey CU.

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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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