Occupation: Director for Community and Outreach at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Family: Married to Joe Law. They have two daughters Victoria Law, 23, who is in Jackson, Tenn., where she works in human resources and materials manager for a physicians surgery center, and Makenzie Law, 19, who is at Queens University of Charlotte where she is majoring in business.
Blount County native and resident Lea Ann Law has worked on a United Way of Blount County board for six years. “The more I participate in United Way the more I understand its importance to the viability of our community. By that I mean, it’s neighbors taking care of neighbors,” she says.
Law says that in working as Major Funds Division chair for this year’s campaign has made her realize one in three people in Blount County are assisted by United Way-supported agencies. “They may not know it, but that’s how deep our United Way is involved in the community. Because of United Way service agencies, there’s a very special feeling about Blount County,” she says.
Law says Leadership Blount led her to become involved with United Way. “I credit my continued participation in Leadership Blount with revealing parts of Blount County I did not know, which in turn led to my serving Blount County through United Way,” she says.
Law has travelled around the world and throughout the country and says Blount County is unique. “Blount County is a very, very special place on Earth, and it has to do with the people and the caring. It’s a privilege to raise my family in Blount County.”
Law’s parents, Pat and Henry Smith, live in Blount County and her husband Joe’s mother, Betty Joe Law, is here as well. “We have deep roots in Blount County on both sides,” Lea Ann Law says.
Law and her husband enjoy cooking and entertaining. “We’re both pretty good at it. We ride motorcycles and enjoy that and we like entertaining our children’s friends,” she says. “We love being involved with their lives and their friends like for us to be, too, so we are blessed.”
Law says her faith is important to her. “If we lean in towards God and seek to walk in this life with the same principles Jesus taught us, what a wonderful world this would be,” she says. “We wouldn’t have people taking things that aren’t theirs and harming other people and being jealous of good things happening for others. We would be happy with the blessings we have and happy with the gifts we each individually bring to the world.”
Here is Lea Anne Law:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“Mom and I are natural redheads, what else can I say? I hope to think, though, that I’ve tempered some those tendencies with my dad’s artful approach to life using calm thought and grassroots philosophy.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“It’s from one of my favorite movies, ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ when Ferris declares, ‘The question is not ‘what are we going to do.’ The question is ‘what aren’t we going to do?’”
How do you like your steak cooked?
“Medium rare with a nice crust on the outside, yummmm.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Well, I don’t suppose you can call a person a material possession, but God gave me Joe Law. He’s my favorite.”
What are you reading currently?
“ ‘Face to Face with God,’ by Bill Johnson. It’s an incredible book about how to embrace God’s blessings and will for our lives. It’s a slow read, though, because I surround myself with all my study Bibles and get distracted.”
Who has been the most influential person in the 20th Century?
“There are so many, but one that most people might not recall is Guglielmo Marconi, the person that perfected radio and Morse code. His understanding of frequencies was the seed that allowed mass communications to grow into the worldwide system we know today.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Well, it has something to do with a Las Vegas trip with my sister. It was a blast, though.”
If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?
“Call everyone I care about and invite them to the house for a huge party so I could properly hug them, tell them what impact they have had in my life, and let them know that I’ll see them on the other side. Afterward, I’d get on my Harley and see where it took me. Anyone that wanted to tag along would be welcomed.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would change my Attention Deficit Disorder tendencies. Oh, look…there goes a rabbit.”
What is your passion?
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“My grandmother, Ora Valentine, who died at 97 after a wonderful, full life. I would love to find out if our many imaginings about Jesus, heaven, and spirit life are even close in magnificence.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“Julia Roberts. I just love the way she laughs without abandon from the center of her body.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“To the days of the royal courts of King Arthur, his chivalrous knights, Avalon, and Camelot. I know the tales are mostly myths, but there must have been something very similar.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“A passport cover and travel diary. My parents gave it to me as a Christmas gift when I was 16. It was a signal that I would indeed be able to go to Europe with a group. I know they must have saved and pinched pennies to make it happen. That gift instilled in me a love for travel and different cultures that I have to this day.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Treat people nicely. There is justice in the universe. What goes around, comes around.”
In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?
Popular, that way people would want to work with or for me because they desire to, not because they have to. That’s true power in the workplace.”
Who is your hero?
“All the men and women - and the families of those men and women - that bravely serve our country in our armed and law enforcement services. I am humbled by their sacrifice that allows me and my family to freely go about our lives each day.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“I opened a Facebook account long ago so I could keep up with what our daughters and their friends were up to. It helped me teach them the importance of being careful on the Internet. Now, I only visit Facebook every now and then.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“I love both, but there’s something about a dog’s excited exuberance that makes me especially happy.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I would tell you, but I’m afraid I’d get fired. No, really it was a job working at an international school in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. I was the low person on the totem pole, so I was often assigned bus monitor duty. Imagine being on a small bus packed with kids that had just eaten Nutella chocolate for breakfast. Plus they were yelling in different languages. I never could remember how to yell “Shut Up!” in Dutch.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
“‘This is It,’ by Kenny Loggins. It reminds you to live in the moment, this minute, and to stand up for what you believe.”