Born and raised in Ecuador, Vivian Bolaños got the chance to visit Texas as an exchange student during high school. Realizing her opportunities would be greater in America, she kept in close contact with her host family and was able to move to the United States, settling in Henderson County in 2000. Vivian, attended law school at the University Estatal of Cuenca in Ecuador.
Vivian first worked at Roper Insurance Agency and as a GED instructor for Spanish-speaking students at Blue Ridge Community College. Today she serves as VP and business development officer for First Bank, where she develops business relationships in the Henderson, Transylvania and Buncombe County banking centers.
Along the way, Vivian has become a committed community advocate and volunteer, she served as a board member for the United Way of Henderson County, Safelight. Currently serving as a Board Member for Pardee UNC Health Care, Blue Ridge Community College and Dogwood Health Trust.
“I feel very privileged that I can be a bridge to connect those in need with someone who can help,” she said. “We live in an incredible community and a very giving community, but there arealso so many struggles.”