Kori Lynn Smith

Kori graduated from Chuckey-Doak High School with honors and is the daughter of Gena Shipley. She served as president of her senior class, vice president of the Chuckey-Doak FFA, Co-Captain of the Greene County and City Schools’ Destination Imagination Team, Co-Captain of the Lady Knight’s Soccer Team and Co-Captain of the Lady Knight’s Tennis Team. She held membership with the Black Knight’s Nation, the Chuckey-Doak Marching Band, Spanish Club, Tusculum College’s Upward Bound Program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is a graduate of the Greene County Youth Leadership program. Her awards include Doer of the Word, Most Likely to Succeed, Best of the Preps Girls Tennis award, Best of the Preps Community Excellence award, State Top Seller in Agriculture Sales, Secretary of the State Runner Up Parliamentary Procedure team, and regional winner of the Home and Community Development SAE. She completed community service hours through Destination Imagination and First Church of God.

Kori received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she majored in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and minored in International Agriculture and Resources. She earned the Dean’s List at UTK every semester. She worked in a research program under Dr. Gladys Alexandre, studying cancer cell metabolism. Her research is being published under the department head of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular biology for Nitrogen Fixation and Flagellar Rotation of Azospirillum Brasiliense. She enjoyed volunteering at The Muse Knoxville. Kori has participated in ten missionary trips to Haiti, where she worked with children in the orphanages and hospitals.

After completing her undergraduate degree at UT, she participated in a 10-month ministry and leadership training program with Thrive Residency Knoxville, where she worked in a full-time ministry position, taking graduate level seminary and non-profit administration courses toward a Masters degree.

Kori received her graduate certificate from East Tennessee State University for Global Health.  She is enrolled at Trevecca University in the Physician Assistant Program.

    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.


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