The Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association of the Lakeway Area (“H.O.L.A. Lakeway” or “the organization”) was created by the Latino Task Force of Morristown, the Latino Task Force of Knoxville and the Community Economic Development Network of East Tennessee in 2014. In 2018 the organization began to see a growth in the community of families from India, Micronesia, Pakistan, etc. The board decided to expand our efforts to all immigrants in the community. The board expanded the mission statement and changed the name of the organization to HOLA Lakeway with no acronym. HOLA Lakeway was granted 501c3 status in May 2019.
We are a grassroots, community-based organization with the mission of meeting needs and improving the overall quality of life for the immigrant population in East Tennessee’s Lakeway region, a six-county area.
Our passion for education and advocacy inspires our work. Not only do we offer various educational programs, but we are also actively involved in a variety of grassroots projects. We take pride in our commitment to our entire community.
The mission of HOLA Lakeway is to facilitate the integration of immigrant families into the fabric of the Lakeway community through educational initiatives and advocacy.
HOLA Lakeway envisions a world where all immigrants are empowered. We stand in solidarity with efforts that strive to make East Tennessee a more inclusive region for everyone.
Our 2019-2020 Goals
HOLA Lakeway has five areas of focus for the 2019-20 funding cycle. First, the organization will provide an after-school program for newcomer English Learners at the high school-level in Hamblen County Schools. Next, HOLA will increase advocacy trainings for the alumni of its parent education program, and provide parents with academic support as well.. Third, quarterly resource fairs will be provided to families with the intent of supporting the positive integration of immigrant families into the Lakeway community. And finally, with a focus on equity, HOLA will increase professional development and educator engagement opportunities with district faculty and staff.
Betsy Bonilla Jimenez Executive Director
Jessica Bailiff Program Coordinator
Nehemiah Portillo Program Administrator
Stephanie Spidell Carson-Newman Intern
Board of Directors
KC Curberson-Alvarado HOLA Lakeway, Co-Founder & Chair. Director of CTE Student
Engagement, LCS. CO-Owner, Frank's Weld Works
Willie Santana HOLA Lakeway, Co-Founder. Assistant Public Defender
Chuck Carter Career Technical Education Supervisor, Hamblen County Schools
Zackary Greene JFWA Spanish Instructor, Lincoln Memorial University
Elizabeth Grisham Housing Counselor/Outreach Coordinator, Clinch Powell, HOLA Lakeway, Secretary
Hammad Sheikh Immigration Attorney
John Vazquez Retired Engineer
Stephanie Dallmann Supervisor of Assessments and ESL, Hamblen County Schools