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Woman of Wilson: Dr. Cristy Stumb

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There's a saying: Beauty is nothing without brains.

The accomplished Dr. Cristy Stumb has both. Add in her six years of military service in the Tennessee National Guard, and you have the complete package - beauty, brains, and brawn.

Dr. Stumb has owned and operated a primary care practice, Stumb Healthcare Professionals, in Carthage, since June 2010.

With a slew of degrees under her belt, Stumb sees to patients, cares for her family, and still finds time to support her alma mater, Cumberland University.

She credited her parents and grandparents with instilling the principles of hard work in her - which make doing it all possible.

"I spent most of my childhood working on a farm with my family," she said. "I saw (hard work) demonstrated on a daily basis."

Stumb was born in Chillicothe, Ohio to parents, E.B. Glover and Donna Faye Woodard Glover England, of Smith County. The family didn't reside in Ohio too long before choosing return to Middle Tennessee, where Stumb and her siblings were raised in the Dixon Springs community.

Stumb graduated from Smith County High School.

She joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1985 and was sent to Fort McClellan, Alabama for Basic Training, then to Fort Lee, Virginia for Advanced Individual Training.

Stumb migrated to Wilson County to continue her education, completing the Wilson County LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) program in 1990. In 1995, she earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.

Her decision to pursue a career in healthcare was simple. She had always loved medicine and helping people achieve their best possible state of wellness.

Stumb chose to work and go to school simultaneously while raising her family.

"I had to pay as I went through each level of education," she said. "I postponed my Bachelor's Degree for a few years because I did not want to miss any of the ballgames or school activities with my children when they were younger. When they became more independent I jumped back into my education full speed ahead."

Stumb earned her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Cumberland University in 2003. She didn't stop there.

Two years later she earned her Master's Degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

In 2007, she earned a Master's in Business Administration from Cumberland University and in 2009, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis.

Another interesting fact about Dr. Stumb is that she's a former Smith County Commissioner. She served from 1994 to 2006, on the Budget & Finance Committee, School Committee, Parks & Recreation Committee and the Courthouse & Jail Committee.

While at Cumberland University, Stumb met her husband, Dr. Paul Stumb, who currently serves as the University's President.

"It was 2005. I had started teaching at Cumberland University that summer, part-time," she said. "We became friends and the rest is history."

They married in Baird Chapel in 2008.

Together, the Stumbs have four children and two grandchildren.

"The oldest has preceded us in death, Paul C. Stumb V. He would have been 31 on his birthday," she explained.

Their family includes: Maryanne H. Stumb (William Terrell) McWhirter, 28, of Nashville; Trey (Erin) Geisenhoffer, 28; and Christopher (Elizabeth) Geisenhoffer, 26. Maryanne works for St. Bernards Academy in Marketing.

Trey works for Wilson Bank & Trust and is Assistant Vice President and Office Manager of the Branch on Tennessee Boulevard. He and his wife are parents to 2-year-old, Ava Grace.

Christopher works for Georgia Pacific in Lebanon. He and his wife are parents to 5-year-old, Kylie Marie.

When she isn't working, or playing with her grandchildren, Stumb enjoys traveling with her husband.

"We enjoy snow skiing, flying our plane, going to the lake, spending time around the pool and the beach. We still have several places on our travel bucket list left to explore," she said.

Many women have had a positive impact on Stumb's life, beginning with her mother.

"She showed me unconditional love and support. She is the reason that I wear the ring I have on my right hand. I wear it to remind me of hard work, love and sacrifice. My mother saved the money from her wages at a very labor intensive job and purchased this ring for me for my 16th birthday," she shared.

The second special lady she mentioned was maternal grandmother, Lena Woodard.

"There is something in her and her sister's DNA that we need to bottle. She has that 'never give up' mentality," she said, before adding paternal grandmother, Cleo Glover, to the list.

"I never heard this woman say an unkind word or gossip. She got up in the morning singing gospel music, read her Bible daily and encouraged us to go to church."

Stumb said her mother-in-law, Mary Stumb, possesses the same qualities as her grandmothers.

"Mary Stumb is kind, considerate of others, loves her family and is the best hostess I have ever met. If you want an event or dinner to be handled with elegance, grace and attention to detail - turn it over to Mary Stumb."

Finally, the last two women who made an impact on the outcome of Stumb's life are Dr. Leanne Busby and Ms. Jeanette C. Rudy.

"Dr. Busby was my mentor, teacher, boss and remains my friend. She was one of my teachers at Cumberland University and hired me in 2005 to work in the College of Nursing and later promoted me to the Assistant Dean of the Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland," she said.

"Ms. Rudy gave of herself and gave financially to the School of Nursing without receiving anything in return. She often gave financial gifts to nursing students, who were in need, to help them achieve success."

In 2003, Stumb was a recipient of Rudy's generosity.

"I was working two jobs, going to school at Cumberland University, and raising two teenage boys. As a result of her gift to my education, I was able to spend more time on my education and with my family ... Those two ladies have made a positive impact on so many nurses, who are now out in today's healthcare workforce positively contributing their talents and skills to help others."

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