by Christy Womack
Jan Mioton has fallen in love with Murfreesboro. “This community is special,” she explains. “I’m not sure if you’ve lived here all your life, you can appreciate how different Murfreesboro is. There is just something about the people here. This community really wants to give back.”
Jan and her husband, Dr. Britt Mioton, were living in New Orleans when Katrina hit. Initially they started looking for professional opportunities, but when they couldn’t find the right fit, they decided to stay and help rebuild New Orleans. A short time later, a professional recruiter asked the Miotons to consider Murfreesboro. They weren’t looking to relocate by that time, but there was a tremendous professional opportunity for Dr. Mioton to set up an interventional cardiac program that intrigued him and fit his personal mission statement.
“God led us here,” says Jan. “We loved it instantly and every door opened. Our house in New Orleans sold in three weeks, and it all fell into place. We like that it’s still a small college town near a big city. It’s a wonderful place to worship – it was like a spiritual reawakening for us.
“I didn’t know anyone when we arrived, but my neighbors took us in. People here were so engaging, the Charity Circle being a group of those people. Their energy and enthusiasm for helping others was contagious. It is a privilege to be a part of their group.”
Jan and Britt are opening their lovely home to host the Patron’s Party for the Charity Circle Ugly Duckling Ball. “I’m honored to share my home with other people. The Patron’s Party is one of my favorite parties. It’s good food with good company for a good purpose!” Lori Sain Smith of Daffodilly Designs is styling the party which promises to be a step into the beautiful region of Provence.
Jan also serves as the Chairman of the Christmas Fest, one of the Charity Circle’s caroling parties, to be held this year on December 9. She and Delia Goodman are already hard at work on plans for this year’s event.
“I admire all of the hard-working members of this community. So many of them are role models to me. Without people like Liz Rhea, Lynn Lien and others, I don’t know what we’d do. They are the engines that make it run. I’m a worker ant, but I feel privileged to work alongside them.”
Jan and Britt have two children, Christopher and Lauren. Both are married and live in Chicago. Lauren is a plastic surgery resident and her husband works for HCA. They are expecting their first child in August. Christopher works in a private equity firm. Jan hopes to get them both back to Nashville eventually.
“We’re just a short flight away from Chicago, but I’d love to see them move to Nashville. And here in Murfreesboro, we’re close enough to enjoy everything Nashville offers but we don’t have to live within the city. We can enjoy the tranquility."