States in Region 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin
Director, Region 1 – Albany—L.J. Blankenberger
L.J. Blankenberger is the Regional Director of the Region 1 – Albany office. As Regional Director, Mr. Blankenberger is responsible for the oversight of federal credit unions and the examination and supervision programs for all federally insured credit unions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Mr. Blankenberger most recently served as Associate Regional Director for Programs at NCUA’s Region IV office in Austin, Texas. Previous to that position he served as the Associate Regional Director – for Operations in the Albany office. He joined NCUA as an examiner in 1987 and his experience includes working as a problem case officer, a supervisory examiner and a director of supervision.
Prior to joining NCUA, Blankenberger worked in various operational and managerial positions in the credit union industry.
Mr. Blankenberger holds an accounting degree from Indiana State University, Evansville. In January 1988, he received the designation of Certified Credit Union Executive from the National Credit Union Institute.
Lynn Markgraf is the Associate Regional Director for Programs in NCUA’s Region 1 office. As the ARDP, she is responsible for field staff and coordinates with the Regional Director on the examination and supervision of the region’s credit unions.
Lynn previously served as a Supervisory Examiner in Region 5 overseeing credit unions in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Additionally she held various positions in the Agency including Supervisory Examiner in California, Director of Insurance, Program Officer in the agency’s Office of Examination and Insurance, Supervision Analyst, and Insurance Analyst.
Lynn began her career with NCUA in 1989, as an examiner in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after graduating from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Rebecca Paliwodzinski currently serves as Associate Regional Director of Operations for Region 1 of NCUA. Her areas of responsibility include overseeing the staff in the Regional office as well as the Division of Special Actions. The credit unions included in the Region 1 territory are in New York, New England, and Michigan. Rebecca joined NCUA as an examiner in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990. She has also served as a Supervision Analyst and most recently as the Director of Supervision. She was named to her current position in August 2012.
Rebecca received a BS degree in Business Administration at Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island.