Ann Mooneyhan grew up in and attended schools in nearby Jonesboro before it ever gained the newer spelling. She graduated from Jonesboro High School and attended Maryville College for two years, attending East Tennessee State University for the summer quarters. After two years at Maryville College, Mooneyhan transferred to ETSU to focus on her studies and spend as much time as possible enjoying the company of her husband-to-be, Jerry Mooneyhan. She graduated in 1965, with a degree in History and a plan to teach that subject while her new husband completed his graduation requirements.
Mooneyhan taught at the DeBusk and St. James Elementary Schools in Greene County . Long drives on country roads gave impetus to a decision to teach in a state provided Vocational-Technical program committed to educating mentally challenged adults from Greene Valley and the Greeneville School System. This program was aimed at giving basic skills to these students enabling them to work within their home communities. To see the students stepping into a workplace in their own homes was very gratifying.
The Mooneyhans nested in Greeneville until her husband decided to attend UT ( Memphis ) Dental School in 1972. They moved to Memphis , making a home away from East Tennessee for the first time. Returning here three years later to set up his dental practice in Johnson City, brought them close to family and provided a familiar community in which to live and work.
As the dental practice grew, worked as Office Manager and assisted chair-side. The family, too, began to grow with two daughters bringing a new level of activity to their home. Having the gift of being a stay at home mother, gave Utter the opportunity to be involved in volunteerism. Seeing firsthand what any group can accomplish with time, energy and commitment to a cause was the first of many reasons why she has been enthusiastic about being active in local efforts. Giving time and work because pennies had to be counted opened opportunities to become familiar with Johnson City and Washington County, Greeneville and Greene County . Some involvements included past president of Mountain View
Garden Club, past president of the GFWC Junior Monday Club, past president of Jonesborough Schubert Club, member of the Junior League, treasurer of North Side Elementary School PTA, secretary of Liberty Bell Middle School, co-chair of Liberty Bell's first Fall Festival, member of First Presbyterian church where she has taught Sunday School and sang in the choir, as well as being active in children's programs. And lastly she has served as a board member of Dawn of Hope, Good Samaritan Ministries and the International Storytelling Center 's "Circle of 20."
Now she serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, established in honor of and in memory of her late husband, Dr. Jerry A. Mooneyhan. This venue gives their family more choices for community service and enables them to be more aware of the support opportunities in our communities. Board members are encouraged to be interactive with award recipients whenever possible.
She strongly believes that from those to whom much is given, much is expected. Utter is very proud of her daughters an their husbands and the newly begun "next generation." They will continue the support and encouragement with the Mooneyhan Family Foundation. The Mooneyhan Family Foundation has awarded grants in excess of $600,000 in its five years of existence, lending support to a variety of non-profits in this area. The ETSU Roan Scholars Leadership Program was awarded grants to focus on four learning areas during four Spring Breaks; the ETSU Appalachian Studies Department was helped to publish The Encyclopedia of Appalachia ; and the ETSU Storytelling Program's ETSU/Umoja Festival Institute received partial funding in 2006.
Sewing, wildflowers, grandchildren, travel, reading, exercising, laughter and time shared with friends and family are some of Mooneyhan's other interests.