Champions of Character


Chrislyn Sperry Honored for "Respect"


Hope Center’s Executive Director, Chrislyn Sperry, received recognition as Champion of Character for Respect at Monday evening’s Edmond City Council meeting.  UCO’s Professor of Sociology, Kathryn Williams, nominated Sperry for the honor. She said, “You can tell a lot about a community in how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.” The two ladies met when Williams invited Sperry to speak in William’s Careers in Sociology class. They also worked together at HOPE Center.

Sperry leads HOPE Center’s volunteers through her example. She meets clients with a warm smile and sincere desire to offer assistance. Williams said, “I have spent over 45 years in the ‘help profession,’ and view her as that exceptional kind of person that can empower people with kindness.”

Chris  said, “So many of our clients are stressed with so many overwhelming issues that simply feeling that someone cares and recognizes their struggles makes a significant difference to them.” It’s hard to seek a helping hand from others. No matter how much or how little HOPE Center is able to provide for their clients, Sperry believes it’s important that each one feel safe and appreciated. 

Treating others with respect comes from Chris Sperry’s desire to keep the Biblical commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Sperry also said, “I think that treating others with honor and dignity is simply good manners—showing consideration and concern for others.”

Chris Sperry is a native Oklahoman. After serving for ten years as a volunteer at HOPE Center, Sperry became the Executive Director in January 2008. She and her husband, Ken, have been married for 33 years. They’ve lived in Edmond for 27. They raised two daughters and two sons. One daughter is an accountant at Boeing and the other a nursing student at OKC University. Their two sons are both studying engineering at OSU. 

On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Chrislyn Sperry was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of respect - treating others with honor and dignity.

Pictured-Chrislyn Sperry and Kathy Williams 

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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

  • Chrislyn Sperry Respect January, 2019
  • Kathryn Olds  Persuasiveness November, 2018
  • 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