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Jada McKinion has joined Citizens National Bank as Meridian’s Downtown Bank Manager.

With 19 years of sales experience, McKinion has extensive management and customer service experience. A former employee of Regions Bank, she previously served as a branch manager and assistant branch manager during her career at the Bank. Early in her career, she worked as a cashier as well as a financial services representative, which gave her valuable customer experience.

A Newton resident, McKinion was most recently employed as an insurance agent at State Farm in Newton, where she was licensed to sell auto, property, casualty, life and liability insurance.

She and her husband, Justin, are the proud parents of a 16-year-old son, Ty, and a 10-year-old daughter, Tara. The family attends Newton’s First Baptist Church and their children attend Newton County Academy.

Ellen Countiss has been promoted to assistant bank manager at Citizens National Bank’s downtown banking center in Meridian.

Countiss joined the Bank in October 2017 and gained valuable experience in the Bank’s operations and retail areas during this time.

A native of Lexington, Indiana, Countiss graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing.

Active in the community, Countiss is a member of Meridian’s Junior Auxiliary and chairs the organization’s Reading is Fundamental program.

Countiss and her husband, John Richard Countiss V, attend First Christian Church in Meridian and are the proud parents of a daughter, Scarlett, who is 5, and a son, Knox, who is 1.5 years old.

Founded in 1888, Citizens National Bank is currently celebrating 134 years of service as an independent Mississippi-owned community bank with locations in the following Mississippi communities: Meridian, Quitman, Philadelphia, Olive Branch, Southaven, Columbus, Macon, Kosciusko, Carthage, Ridgeland, Madison, Flowood, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Waynesboro.

The Bank holds assets of over $1.7 billion and manages over $1.8 billion in its wealth management division, which is committed to helping clients accumulate, preserve and transfer their wealth. Learn more about the National Citizens’ Bank by visiting

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