Elena Allen

Elena is a Cuban American who grew up in East Tennessee. She attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree and Masters of Art in Teaching degree. She began her teaching career at Greeneville Middle School teaching Spanish and has been teaching Spanish for Kingsport City Schools for the past 20 years. While in Kingsport she started the Spanish elementary school program and transferred to the high school after several years. She has taught several online courses in the last few years and recently began teaching online Spanish courses for the Niswonger Foundation. Elena resides in Kingsport with her husband of 33 years and has a daughter and son-in-law living in Columbia SC and a son living in Charleston, South Carolina.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


    223 North Main Street
    P.O. Box 1508
    Greeneville, TN 37744


    (423) 820-8181


    (423) 588-5933