She became the spokeswoman for their family business, Spirit Halloween.
The D.C. native was a personal hire by Senator Ted Kennedy and assisted one of his speechwriters, researching technology & education issues.
NBC 5 promotion of
"Online with Rikki Ragland"
Their Spirit Halloween stores raised more than a million dollars for Children's Hospitals in Houston & Austin, over the last five years.
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A bench dedicated to Cory & Rikki Marver on behalf of the children at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas.
As a breast cancer survivor, Rikki was the cover story and feature in the national health magazine, “Girlfriends Health Guide for Everyday Women.”
Rikki was a finalist for Glamour Magazine and Cover Girl’s Outstanding Women; 1991 Outstanding Woman of the Year at Towson University; an Outstanding Young Woman of America; an Outstanding Young Woman in Business; a Who’s Who in Healthcare and received a Debutante award for outstanding leadership and community service.
She sits on the Board of Governors for Gleneagles Country Club, a ClubCorp club; serves on the Sustaining Advisory Board of the Junior League of Collin County; is a PTA Board member for her son's elementary school; served as PTO president of her son's Judaic school; an ambassador at Temple Sholom of Chicago; a member of Sisterhood of Conservative Judaism; Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas supporter; a member of the Women's Auxiliary to Children's Medical Center of Plano and was a chairwoman in the Winnetka & Evanston Women’s Clubs. Rikki is also a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, and serves as a mentor for the fraternity. She was one of Phi Mu’s national convention speakers & their Aglaia magazine cover story.
Rikki is married to Cory Marver, an owner & operator of Spirit Halloween and several All- Star Nutrition and Total Nutrition stores across the country. Cory is also an avid bass fisherman.
Rikki Ragland is a former Dallas TV news anchor and reporter and hosted a TV program in Chicago. She is the founder of "Chutzpah + Charm" where she speaks to women in business about tapping into their inner chutzpah to get ahead in their industries. Rikki is also the owner of Rikki Ragland Media Group, which provides digital marketing and social media consulting for physicians and executives in the medical field.
Rikki, her mother and sister are all Southern debutantes, which inspired her to launch her blog, the preppy debutante. She is a social media influencer who created partnerships with national brands, including Sam's Club.
As a breast cancer survivor (detected when she was
35-years-old), Rikki Ragland was the cover story and feature in the national health magazine, “Girlfriends Health Guide for Everyday Women,” and blogged about her experience. She also hosted several videos for breast cancer prevention and survivorship. One of the videos, “Scarves” is distributed through the Phi Mu Fraternity Foundation.
Although Rikki's family includes seven generations of Texans from Brenham, San Antonio and Plano (including her mother and son), she was born at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where her first home was the historic Delta Colonial at National Park Seminary. Her father is a retired Army Colonel and her mother a retired educator and artist who has exhibited internationally. Rikki has fond memories of annual retreats with her parents, older sister and brother at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. The get-a-ways were specifically for army officers and their families. Rikki caught her first fish there when she was three-years-old with her dad and Walter Reed Commanding General Robert Bernstein, who was a surrogate granddad to her.
She graduated with honors from Towson State University, where she was named the 1991 "Outstanding Woman of the Year" and 1993, "Most Promising Communications Student." Within months of her graduation, Senator Edward M. Kennedy personally hired her to work in his Capitol Hill office. There she assisted one of his speechwriters, doing research on technology and education issues during the 1993-1994 campaign season.
Rikki then became a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross and media trained other Red Cross spokespeople across the Mid-Atlantic & Potomac region. She also served as the weekend assignment editor for FOX 45 News in Baltimore, MD, and was a FOX Kids' Clubhouse reporter; a reporter for WTXL (ABC) in Tallahassee, FL, where she shadowed Gov. Lawton Chiles and interviewed Jeb Bush; worked in public relations at Florida State University and was the Deputy Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Health, where she was the statewide spokeswoman for all health issues.
Rikki's passion for the television industry began early as a
15-year-old reporter in Maryland for a news magazine show for teenagers. During her career, she spent several years as a news anchor & reporter at various TV stations across the country, including nationally for the Weather Channel.
In 2000, she jumped 108 TV markets, from Tallahassee, Florida, landing a job in Dallas, Texas, as one of the anchors to launch the 4pm newscast at
KXAS/NBC 5. There she anchored a daily technology news segment entitled, “Online with Rikki Ragland.” The segment introduced the internet, web based companies (including eHarmony and Jib Jab) and the latest technology to the DFW region. Rikki was the only north Texas television reporter named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of “40 Under Forty” hottest rising stars to watch in 2002.
After a move to the Chicago TV market, Rikki was a reporter for the 24 hour news channel, CLTV, and hosted special programs, including "Faith, Race & Politics," for Chicago's PBS station. She left the news desk to pursue modeling and acting, signing with FORD Models & Shirley Hamilton. She began modeling for numerous advertisements, including McDonald’s, Apartments.com, Owens Corning and Volkwagen. Rikki also appeared in television and radio commercials.
Following her modeling career, she became the spokeswoman for their family business, Spirit Halloween, in Houston & Austin, Texas. Spirit Halloween was created by her father-in-law in California, and became an international Halloween retail chain. Rikki was then hired as the Public Relations Director at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. NorthShore is a healthcare system, consisting of four hospitals and a Research Institute. There, she wrote marketing plans for various clinical areas, promoted and provided extensive media training for executives and physicians.
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