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Holloway joins Volk at Coffee with the Mayor

Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk and Community Development Director Lew Holloway will answer citizens' questions about the town at the fourth monthly Coffee with the Mayor at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Center for Arts & Entertainment, 125 S. Main St.

The event is free event with a reservations. To reserve a place call 828-697-8547.

As director of community development director for the city, Holloway oversees the downtown development and planning zoning departments. Trained as a Landscape Architect with a background in Urban Design, he has worked in both the public and private sectors, including with the North Carolina Main Street Center, the historic preservation based downtown development arm of the N.C. Department of Commerce. He grew up in rural West Virginia and graduated with a bachelor of science in psychology and a minor in art history from Washington & Lee University in 2000 and earned a master's degree in landscape architecture from Virginia Tech in 2005. He and his wife, Jenny, an environmental engineer, have three children: Josie, 7;  Casper, 5; and Ruby, 2.

Originally from Chicago, Volk moved with her husband, Dr. James Volk, to Hendersonville in 1975. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and also has a degree as a medical record administrator from the allied health school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. She is a professional registered parliamentarian and before retirement was self-employed providing computer services for small businesses and nonprofits.

Volk has served on the City Council since 1989. She was elected mayor in 2009 and is running this year for a fourth term. The first female mayor of Hendersonville, Volk was named Henderson County's 2020 Athena Award winner, which honors exceptional women leaders for their achievments in civic life and mentoring and advocacy of other women.