Champions of Character

Jill Castilla Honored for "Creativity"

What do Heard on Hurd and Cash Mobs for local businesses share in common? Sarah Brown says they show Citizens Bank of Edmond, President and CEO Jill Castilla’s creativity.  Brown nominated her as a Champion of Character. The Character Council of Edmond honored Castilla at Monday’s Edmond City Council meeting. 

When Brown began working as HR Director at Citizens Bank, Castilla and her team amazed Brown with their innovative ideas. Brown says, “Jill is extremely creative, has a heart for local business, and encourages everyone around her on a consistent basis.” 

Heard on Hurd and Cash Mobs rally the people of Edmond to support local businesses. Both concepts began by putting together the best of other events and making something new.  Heard on Hurd takes place on a Saturday evening each month. The celebration brings neighbors together to eat out, shop and enjoy the entertainment of local bands. The next Heard on Hurd is October 20.  Cash Mobs spotlights one of Citizens Bank’s business customers. The bank provides certificates for their employees to “mob” the business. Word spreads through fun social media posts and newspaper articles. 

Castilla views creativity as something that allows her the freedom to move beyond the way things have been done in the past.  She says, “You can have your own take on the world and make your world a better place to be.” 

Castilla is a U.S. Army veteran and her husband, Mark, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. He also works for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. The Castillas raised three children, Ryan, Olivia and Nicholas. Their son, Ryan, also serves in the Army; a senior at West Point.

On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Jill Castilla was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of Creativity, approaching a need, a task or an idea from a new perspective.

To Nominate a Champion of Character

Please complete the form located on our website to recognize an Edmond citizen for a specific character trait. Forms may be submitted from the website or mailed to the 

Character Council of Edmond 

Champions of Character

PO Box 392 

Edmond, OK 73083-0392.

Champions of Character

Champions of Character Honorees

2010 to Present 

  • Jill Castilla  Creativity  September, 2018
  • Maureen Coury Compassion January, 2018
  • KC Williams Dependability Ocotber, 2017
  • David Ford   Humility July, 2017
  • Richard Killgore  Generosity February, 2017
  • Peggy Geib Gratefulness January, 2017 
  • Dustin & Erikka Ault Initiative January, 2017
  • Chris Waugh Initiative January, 2017 
  • Nathan Walters Orderliness November, 2016 
  • Kris Rush Diligence March, 2016 
  • Jason Henley Compassion January, 2016 
  • Ray Vaughn Dependability August, 2015 
  • Jean Holt Sensitivity April, 2015 
  • Brian Maughan Availability April, 2015 
  • Chris Shorow Joyfulness October, 2014 
  • Virginia Peters Endurance September, 2014 
  • Bea Sprouse Discretion August, 2014 
  • Krista Law Creativity July, 2014 
  • Cora Stamps Initiative January, 2014 
  • Christy Fine Gentleness October, 2013 
  • Larry Tettleton Determination September, 2012 
  • Judy Farley Availability February, 2012 
  • Tana Stufflebean Thoroughness November, 2011 
  • Verla Raines Dependability November, 2011 
  • Mary Ann Coffman Discernment August, 2011 
  • Harry & Pat Knickerbacker Hospitality January, 2011 
  • David Johnson Diligence November, 2010 
  • Theresa Hoffhines Meekness October, 2010 
  • Scott Streller Security October, 2010 
  • Steve Kreidler Endurance August, 2010 
  • Diane Emmons Dependability July, 2010
  • Lauren Nelson-Faram Faith March, 2010