Christopher Hudock | Associate Executive Director of Business Development
Christopher Hudock is the AED of Business Development for The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund providing leadership and direction as well as technical assistance to potential and current borrowers. With more than 32 years of lending experience, 15 of which have been at the Rising Tide, Chris is skilled in business plan development, financial analysis, loan packaging, organizational budgeting, policy development, and employee supervision.
Prior to joining the Rising Tide, Chris was a Financial Specialist for Wachovia Bank, a Loan Officer for Waypoint Bank, and the Lending Manager for People First Federal Credit Union. He holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science with an Accounting concentration from Northampton Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
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Yajahira Rodriguez | Lender
Yajahira Rodriguez is a Lender for The Rising Tide Community Loan Fund and is responsible for underwriting, structuring and closing of commercial loans, as well as maintaining and servicing a commercial loan portfolio. More than 12 years of community development experience, with 5 of those years developing new businesses.. Yajahira, who is fluent in Spanish, works directly with business owners to address their needs.
Prior to joining The Rising Tide, Yajahira worked for Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) for over seven years, the past two years as their Information and Referral Advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean University in Union, NJ.
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Tom Stine | Business Advisor
As Business Advisor for the Rising Tide, Tom applies experience and lessons learned over many years spent: founding; funding; coaching; growing; leading; and exiting a score of early stage businesses predominantly in the software space. His passion for strategy and execution in digital and conventional marketing, sales, and distribution are shared in a spirit of empathy continuous improvement.
Industry insights gained in: printing, publishing, healthcare, training, online video, and business incubation are applied to assist Rising Tide borrowers. Board leadership & community service roles include: Ben Franklin Tech Partners Northeast; NE Pennsylvania Angel Network; Community Action Development Corp Bethlehem; Equi-Librium; Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Microlog. Tom and wife live in South Bethlehem where he received his BA from Lehigh University
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Yashira Villegas | Business Advisor
Yashira Villegas is the Business Advisor of the RTCLF, as a business advisor she provides support to prospective and existing business owners. Yashira responsibilities include one-on-one advice, training, marketing, troubleshooting, and identifying market opportunities. She helps support low-income and/or minority entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the RTCLF, she worked for 6 years at Wells Fargo in various roles that helped educate credit in a low-income community. Yashira speaks fluent Spanish which helped her connect with the Hispanic community around her branch area. As a Business Specialist for Wells Fargo, she was able to educate entrepreneurs with what they need to start and grow their business.
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Rachel Batchelor | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Rachel Batchelor is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Rising Tide Community Loan Fund. She has a passion for assisting low income and/or minority small business owners in the community with their marketing needs.
Prior to joining the Rising Tide, Rachel was a Public Relations Intern for Carpe Diem Community Solutions and a Communications Intern for Samaritan’s Purse in Bolivia. In these roles, she was able to gain the skills and experience necessary to assist entrepreneurs in building their brand and growing their audience. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minors in Nonprofit Management and Public Relations from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.
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