Xpress sits down with Robin Lake to discuss her and her sister’s journey to uncovering her father’s military records and the subsequent honor their late father received.
Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother, discusses how her work with the Blue Ridge Honor Flight, helps provide her with an ongoing sense of purpose.
Tom Balestrieri discusses the inspiration behind launching Weaverville Center for Creative and Healthy Living, surprises he’s encountered since its debut and what it means to matriculate at UNC Asheville as a nontraditional student.
Nicole Kott, executive director of Helping Hands of Haywood to discusses her work, the challenges her clients face and the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Ricardo Nazario-Colón discusses his new role as president of the the Appalachian Studies Association, how his work as a poet influences his professional life and what Appalachian studies looks like today.
Xpress speaks with Dustin Baker to discuss the challenges of handcycling and how the sport benefits veterans in our area and across the nation.
Barbara Smith speaks with Xpress about her work as a Girl Scout over the last eight decades, her recent lifetime achievement award and her favorite Girl Scout cookie.
Jade McWilliams, a Western North Carolina autistic advocate, artist and speaker, discusses their recent Empowering Hope Award and their ongoing advocacy work.
Xpress recently caught up with U.S. Army veteran Matthew Bacoate about his continued interest in golf, the importance of Skyview Golf Association and how his military service informs who he is today.
Xpress chats with Rachel Ahrens about her role as Appalachian Trail Chaplain.
Xpress sits down with Catherine Topel to discuss how her interest in pork chops turned into a pig farm and what it has been like welcoming campers onto the property.
Xpress chats with Thomas Mabry — waterfall enthusiast and photographer — about the best outdoor places to visit in WNC.
Xpress speaks with Safi Martin about her behind-the-scenes role as COO of Hood Huggers International, how she balances business and home-life while working with her spouse and Blue Note Junction — a new project the couple is launching to teach people in historically marginalized communities how to grow their own businesses.
Xpress speaks with Marissa Percoco, executive director of Firefly Gathering, to learn more about the organization’s new nonprofit status, the inspiration to attain it and some of the pitfalls aspiring nonprofits should aim to avoid.
Xpress sits down with Debbie Welch to discuss her 2022 award and the joys of being a Big Sister.
In a conversation with Xpress, Kelly Shanafelt explains the day-to-day of a nonprofit consultant and offers advice for new and established nonprofits, alike.
Growing up in Hendersonville, Ashley Featherstone assumed she would move away for work. “I was always told that you could never find a job here,” she recalls. “There are [fewer] jobs here than there are in places like Atlanta and Charlotte. But I just decided that I was going to find a job.” And she […]
Joe Hollis’ whole life is Mountain Gardens, a botanical garden in Western North Carolina that he has cultivated over 50 years. Hollis focuses on growing useful plants, especially medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables, and passing along his plant wisdom to students and apprentices. Workshops, seeds and bare root plant sales support Hollis and his garden. […]
Whether by hiking the debris flow pathway of a landslide or reading arcane scientific articles, Karin Rogers dedicates herself to understanding complex scientific data so she can translate that information for ordinary people to understand.
Master falconer Leeann Shearouse discusses her rescue work and love of tulips.
Having lived in Asheville for over 30 years, Marta Alcalá-Williams says it was a unique experience to hear others community leaders highlight her body of work. “Sometimes when you’re in it, you don’t have time to see it,” she says. “That was a very humbling experience.”