Family: Married to John Huffman. They have one son, John Wilson Huffman, 8.
Occupation: Assistant administrator and compliance officer with Blount Memorial Hospital
Connie Huffman is John Wilson’s mom.
For many, that’s the only introduction she needs.
“I’m John Wilson’s mom. He’s very outgoing and social, and he knows more people than I know. When he’s 16, if he does something wrong, so many people know him, we’ll know it before he gets home,” she says.
The love of Connie’s life almost wasn’t. When she first met John Huffman, it wasn’t a positive experience.
Connie’s cousin and one of John’s sisters worked together at a CPA firm in Knoxville, and they set them up to meet. “I didn’t like him,” Connie says. “I thought he was the most obnoxious person I’d met in my entire life. A year later, I ran into him three weekends in a row when I was out with girlfriends, and we made a date. We’ve been together ever since.”
Connie, a Heritage High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College and a Masters of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.
On a professional level, Connie’s career in health care started when she was in high school when she was employed with Maryville Pediatric Group. Then she worked at Foothills Pediatric Center for nine years. Connie has been with Blount Memorial for 13 years and was coordinator of Physicians Services and then director of Medical Staff Services. “I like working with physicians. I want to help give them tools to do their job better.”
Connie has been assistant administrator/compliance officer for five years. Connie, a graduate of the Leadership Blount Class of 2005, was hesitant to accept the new position and former Administrator Joe Dawson asked her twice before she said yes.
“I wanted to continue working with the physicians. The second time (Joe) asked, he told me he had figured out a way for me to do both, so I accepted,” she says.
When not taking care of and spending time with her family, Connie is active with several non-profit organizations. She is on the advisory board of New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, is a sustainer member of the Junior Service League, is on the board of the Maryville City Schools Foundation and the board of the Blount County Chapter of the American Red Cross. Connie, John and John Wilson are members of Alcoa First United Methodist Church.
“It’s important to give back to the community,” she says.
Here is Connie Huffman:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“My Daddy. I inherited his work ethic, and his desire to help others.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
‘”It’s football time in Tennessee!’ I also like ‘You had me at hello,’ from ‘Jerry McGuire.’ I just love that movie.”
What are you guilty of?
“Asking too many questions.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“A diamond pendent that John had made for my 40th birthday. The brown and yellow diamonds belonged to his mom, Pat, and the white diamond belonged to his grandmother, Nannie.”
What are you reading currently?
“‘30 Days to a Better Prayer Life,’ by Nora King. I felt like I needed it. My next book is ‘Eat, Love, Pray.’”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“My interview with Blount Today. I’m more of a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of person.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Seeing John Wilson graduate high school, college and then marry the ‘other’ love of his life.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Fair and honest. If people can’t take you at your word, what good are you?”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I take everything to heart. I would like to not take things so personally and would love the ability let things roll off my back, especially things I cannot control.”
What is your passion?
“I love my family, so I’d say my family. My husband would say it is doing laundry. I’m very compulsive about laundry. I’m very organized and obsessive to a fault.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would love to have lunch with my (late) in-laws, John and Pat Huffman, and have the ability to share stories with them about John Wilson and compare stories about my husband, “John-John” and John Wilson.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“How about in the future instead? I would rather look forward than back.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Trust in God and be yourself. You’ve got to be yourself.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My husband, John. He is my very best friend, and he keeps me grounded.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook. I love connecting and reconnecting with friends old and new, near and far.”
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
“I’m an ‘outside’ dog person. I wasn’t raised with animals in the house, so when John and I were dating, and I let his dog ‘Hank’ in my condo, my parents knew it was serious between us.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“I guess out of the three jobs I’ve ever had, my least favorite was being a waitress at Royalty House Restaurant in Eagleton. It wasn’t the job, but the uniform. Jill Ramsey and I had brown, wrap-around skirts with a beige, smock-like top. Fashionistas we were not.
What is your theme song that best describes you?
‘”Honey, I’m Home,’ by Shania Twain.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I loved ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost’ because he was a friendly ghost and could pass thru doors and walls.”
What irritates you?
“People who don’t follow the rules -- like those who have 20-plus items in the 20 item or less aisle. I am a very rules-based person.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“Look Rock Tower. The views are just amazing.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Have fun and enjoy the ride. You will grow up soon enough. I would not pay money to go back because everything I did growing up is what made me who I am and that is what molds you - your life experiences.”