By Ashley Neese
August 23, 2022

Q2 2022 career announcements

Congratulations to five professionals in Edmond on their recent recognitions and opportunities.
James Denton and Kency Duarte receive awards from the OSCPA. (Photo provided)
James Denton and Kency Duarte receive awards from the OSCPA. (Photo provided)

Edmond residents continue to be locally and nationally recognized for their service, leadership, and achievements. Here are a few highlights from 2022.

In July, Jill Castilla, President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond, and Avila Williams, Vice President of Clinical Services at INTEGRIS Health, were appointed as Trustees to the Hawai’i Pacific University governing board. Castilla earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from HPU and has served on the Citizens Bank executive team since 2009. Williams previously served as president of INTEGRIS Health Edmond and graduated from HPU with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Miles E. Hall, Edmond entrepreneur and shooting industry advocate, was recently appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt as board commissioner for the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore. Hall and his wife Jayne founded H&H Shooting Sports Complex in 1981, the first facility to receive a “5 Star” rating from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. He has been a leader in the shooting sports industry for more than 40 years and will serve his term for three years. 

Edmond accounting firm Arledge is celebrating two professionals recently recognized by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. James Denton and Kency Duarte were 2022 award recipients. 

James Denton, Arledge partner emeritus/weather management advisor, was named a Pathfinder, defined as “an elite group of Oklahoma CPAs who are successful and well respected for their achievements, contributions, and ability to welcome new CPAs to the profession.” He has been with Arledge since 1984 and is known for his outstanding leadership and mentorship. 

Kency Duarte, assurance senior manager, was honored with the Trailblazer Award, which recognizes top talent among its members under age 40 with five or fewer years of experience as a CPA. Duarte is a member of the OSCPA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and volunteers with various organizations in Oklahoma City. 

Congratulations to all of these individuals on their impressive accomplishments! 

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About Ashley Neese

Ashley Neese currently serves as editor of Edmond Business and a freelancer specializing in overall communication strategy. She previously served as the communications and marketing manager at the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce, where she promoted chamber events, helped members gain exposure, and spearheaded the Edmond Young Professionals organization, as well as the Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

An Edmond native, Ashley graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017 with a degree in Strategic Communications. In her free time, she enjoys brewing coffee and finding the best local eats.