Dr. Kristen “Alora” Ricker

Alora, daughter of Chris and Beth Ricker, graduated as valedictorian with honors and distinction from South Greene High School. While at SGHS, she served as a member of Executive Student Council, National Honor Society, School of Promise, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SADD 12, and Letterman Club. She earned all-state honors in volleyball and all-district honors in both basketball and tennis.

Alora graduated Magna Cum Laude from Milligan College with a degree in biology. At Milligan, she was inducted into a national honor society for academic achievement, Alpha Chi. She received the Dick Lura Honorary Pre-Med Award. She was a member of the volleyball team, serving as team captain her senior year. She spent her senior spring semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy.

Alora graduated from East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.  She received the Internal Medicine Award at graduation.  Dr. Ricker is continuing her residency training in Internal Medicine at Carilion Clinic – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) in Roanoke, Virginia.

    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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