Amanda Huffman Civil Engineer Mom

Air Force Civil Engineer to Stay at Home Mom

Amanda Huffman served in the Air Force for 6 years as a Civil Engineer Officer. She then retired in order to raise her family and support her husband in his continued military career.

Photograph of Amanda Huffman, Air Force Civil Engineer, Stay at Home Mom
Amanda Huffman, Air Force Civil Engineer, Stay at Home Mom

Amanda has begun blogging at AirmanToMom.com about being a female veteran, a military spouse, and a mother. One of her goals is to help amplify the voices of female veterans whom she says are often lost in the shuffle as they are such a small percent of our nations’ service members.

Amanda enjoys the daily challenges and rhythm of caring for her two sons ages 5 and 2, and speaks fondly of her tenure serving in the Air Force.

Advice

Amanda’s advice is to study as much as you can within the STEM fields. She says to not shy away from math and engineering as the military looks at these disciplines.

She also says the Air Force needs all personality types as each brings something to the table. Amanda also notes that you should have a willingness to meet the mission and go where you are directed.

As for being a mother – a hefty dose of humbleness is either required or learned upon taking on this role. She notes that she has learned to be more ‘in the moment’ with her second son and enjoy the fleeting time she has to watch them grow.

Philanthropy

Amanda is an advocate of changing the world one person at a time. She and her husband have donated financial .resources to Kiva.org for years. They have also sponsored children via organizations like Compassion International and Food for the Hungry. Amanda said their first match was 8 years old when they began supporting her and is about to graduate out of the program at 17 years old.


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Lynn Ballou CFP

Certified Financial Planner

Lynn Ballou is a Certified Financial Planner and entrepreneur with EP Wealth Advisors, LLC. Lynn says she loves being able to guide clients through the financial complexities of life transitions. She feels she has a magic wand to make people’s lives better.

Photograph of Lynn Ballou, CFP
Lynn Ballou, CFP

Lynn began her career as an enrolled agent preparing taxes. The brand new field of CFP® was beginning to emerge and she took the certification course and follow-on study groups building her knowledge. The first female firm launched January 1, 1998, and on January 19, 2016, they joined forces with EP Wealth Advisors. When Lynn began she says the female professionals only amounted to about 5% of financial planners, now that number has grown to 23%. Plenty of room for more women she says!

Advice

Starting out, building a business, Lynn knew she had to save in order to grow to a point where her business would sustain her. She has reached that point. She says those who want to be an entrepreneur need to be able to hear ‘no’, to be truthful to themselves and be capable of pivoting.

Find your passion! Become your best authentic self!

Her advice for young women interested in becoming certified financial planners would be to shadow or intern with a financial professional. She says you cannot be what you cannot see. Even more than shadowing a CFP®, Lynn says to find a professional who lives in that profession, who really understands the nitty-gritty so they can give you the most comprehensive view of the career.

Resources

Lynn advocates for financial literacy for everyone – man, woman, child. She says we should be requiring financial literacy courses in order to graduate high school. Not simply how to buy and sell stocks; more practical money applications. How to budget, how to save, how to spend and invest and grow your wealth.

We can all get started on our financial journeys with some education ourselves. Lynn recommends perusing the CFP® board website at LetsMakeAPlan.org On this site one can find a local CFP®, or a mentor in the financial planning realm, and even learn a plethora of topics ranging from budgeting to growing your nest egg thru to retirement.

You can also get a hold of Lynn and she’ll guide you! Email her at lballou@epwealth.com

Philanthropy

Lynn has made it a focus of EP Wealth Advisors to invest in their client’s charities. She also manages EP Wealth and Women Initiative wherein they support the careers of fellow femme financial pros.

Lynn also supports the YWCA Berkley Oakland Chapter and Girls Inc of Alameda in Oakland.


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Susan Swafford Performance Development Strategist

Performance and Development Strategist

Susan Swafford is a performance and development strategist, a certified mentor and an entrepreneur. Through her company, CORE Advantage, Susan aims to learn about your unique goals and challenges and tailor a solution just for you.

Susan enjoys helping people be their very best selves and does so by utilizing her strengths and available tools. Susan meets with all sorts of people in all sorts of various life stages and assists them in identifying what their core strengths are, what their energy level is, and who they are deep down. She uses this information to help them align with the appropriate careers, strengthen relationships, and even works with organizations and teams to ensure the right people are in the best positions for them to thrive.

Advice

Susan says you should be sincere, open, vulnerable, structured and able to really listen to those you are helping. As an entrepreneur, you must be self-disciplined and it’s best to build a team around you in order to succeed.

She says to try to realize who you are at the core, make decisions that leverage your strengths and live out your passions.

We plan to travel, why not plan our lives?

Philanthropy

Susan is an avid supporter of women. She founded W.I.N., the Women Investor’s Network. It’s an organic network of women who invest in life, business, and their community.

Susan is also on the Albuquerque Rotary Club Board of Directors.


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Adrienne Quintana Publisher

Publisher

Adrienne Quintana is a writer and micro-publisher. In many ways, she is a matchmaker. She introduces authors to illustrators and utilizes her vast network of literary big shots to market works of written art.

Adrienne has loved to read for most of her life and when she wrote and illustrated a children’s book for a friend, found a passion for writing and subsequently publishing.

Advice

READ and then read some more. After that, pick up another book and read. She associates being a writer to being a runner; one step at a time, one mile at a time, one page at a time. Once you’ve become an avid reader, start writing. Write as much as you possibly can she advises.

Adrienne also says you need to develop a thick skin and a love for feedback. She says to look for ways to grow in the feedback being given. To give feedback is to genuinely care about the work and want to help make it the best piece it can be.

See constructive criticism as a big hug!

She also says to leave your options wide open and to continuously move forward.

Philanthropy

Adrienne donates her time, teaching expertise and devotion to her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

You can find Adrienne online  at https://pinkumbrellapublishing.com/
http://www.readysetwritepodcast.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIAbuihdn0jHaRTkb8OBGA


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Amber Pechin, Writer and Entrepreneur

Writer & Entrepreneur

Amber Pechin is the co-owner of Amplitude Media, a creative agency that “writes words that sell stuff”. She and her business partner provide branding, content, and strategy for businesses to reach the right audience, with the right story, at the right time, and turn them into customers.

Amber says she has always enjoyed making ideas come to light with words. She’s a storyteller, a creative, and enjoys figuring out other humans. She says that how you tell a story makes a difference and that we should use our powers for good.

Amber touches on some points that are particularly challenging for women. One item of note is that we tend to pick something to do for a career and then feel like we are supposed to continue on that path for eternity. She says that what we want to do at 19-years-old may not be the same as at 35 or even 60.

Advice

Amber says that when we stop having at least some fun with the work we are doing then it is time for a change. She says that if you are interested in becoming a writer or an entrepreneur that you should seek out a mentor in that field and ask them questions. You should also write; every single day. Amber advises you to be open to constructive feedback and develop a thick-skin for both career pursuits.

I would add that a level of curiosity would serve these professions well as would the ability to collaborate and always strive to be a better version of yourself in these roles.

Philanthropy

A pro bono client of the company is Heart Affect. It’s a group started by two mother’s whose children had complications from Congenital Heart Defects.

We believe all children deserve a healthy heart. Heart Effect advocates for children with congenital heart defects by educating communities and funding programs and research for Phoenix Children’s Heart Center and Cardiac 3D Print Lab. -Mission of Heart Effect


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Ashlee Andrews Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ashlee Andrews is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Eubank Animal Clinic as well as her house call service ABQ Mobile Vet.

She has known since she was 8 years-old that she wanted to become a vet in order to care for animals and their human companions. Dr. Ashlee says that each day is a new adventure and she truly enjoys her career. It’s not without its challenges as she feels she must be capable of performing animal medicine as well as be a people-person and a business-savvy employer.

Philanthropy

Dr. Ashlee chooses to give back to her community through supporting Saranam and the Animal Humane Society of New Mexico.

Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian? What other questions would you like to ask a vet? Leave a comment below. Also, we conducted a video interview with Ashlee, watch it here.


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Veterinarian Ashlee Andrews

I’m so excited to share with you Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ashlee Andrews.

Dr. Ashlee is a veterinarian at Eubank Animal Clinic as well as her house call service ABQ Mobile Vet.

She has known since she was 8 years-old that she wanted to become a vet in order to care for animals and their human companions. Dr. Ashlee says that each day is a new adventure and she truly enjoys her career. It’s not without its challenges as she feels she must be capable of performing animal medicine as well as be a people-person and a business-savvy employer.

Watch our interview and then leave a comment below.

Dr. Ashlee chooses to give back to her community through supporting Saranam and the Animal Humane Society of New Mexico.

Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian? What other questions would you like to ask a vet? Leave a comment below.


Special thanks to Synergy Production Wing for capturing the video!