Tom Harris Mentorship Program

Now operated by the Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro public school systems, the successful Tom Harris Mentorship Program was originally launched by Valley Alliance for Education (VAE).  VAE remains connected in the process of engaging area businesses and non-profit organizations to serve as mentors for high school students.

Mentorship offers students real-world experience in a field of interest.  The environment of each work location provides valuable insights for students, and mentor evaluations offer another opportunity to see how the work world differs from the classroom.

Individual mentors have an opportunity to share their expertise with some of the most talented students in the area, and businesses – in addition to gaining enthusiastic assistance – benefit from an important perspective on the direction of education and generation-specific cultural norms in the 21st century.

If you’d like to join the following businesses that currently offer mentorships to area students, please contact the mentorship coordinator for the associated school division.


Augusta County
Lisa Shifflett, Coordinator
Advantage Physical Therapy
American Shakespeare Center
Augusta Eye
Augusta Regional Free Clinic
Augusta Free Press
Augusta Health Physical Therapy
Augusta Health Radiology
Augusta Health Nursing Rotation
Augusta Health Birthing Suite
Augusta Health Emergency Room
Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness Center
Animal Health Care Center
Augusta County Commonwealth Attorney
Augusta County Fire/Rescue
Augusta County Library
Augusta County Parks and Recreation
Augusta Co. Sheriff’s Department
Augusta Valley Animal Hospital
Barren Ridge Physical Therapy
Bethesda Physical Therapy
Beverley Manor Middle School
Bessie Weller Elementary School
Body Ease Physical Therapy
Bradford DDS, Dr. Henry
Brumbaugh DDS, Dr.
Carded Graphics
Cassell Elementary School
Cedar Crest Animal Hospital
Cheyenne Cody Photography
City of Waynesboro
City of Ironwood
Clymore Elementary
Commonwealth Veterinary Clinic
Conceptual Marketing and Design
Cornerstone Church
Daily News Leader
Dunaway, DDS Dr.
Dupont Community Credit Union
Envoy of Staunton
Edward D. Jones
Elysian Hills Training Center
Femme Care
First Witness Security
Fishburne & Son Pharmacy
Frontier Culture Museum
Frontier Bank
Game & Inland Fisheries
Historic Staunton Foundation
Hutchens, DDS Dr.
Ladd Elementary School
Malone, DDS Dr.
Mansfield, DDS Dr.
Maple Lane Veterinary Clinic
Margaret McElroy Interior Design
McCormick Farm/VA Tech
Medical Supply Company
Middle River Veterinary Hospital
Middle River Regional Jail
Montebello Fish Hatchery
Dr. Richard Miller, DDS
Newtown Bakery
NBC 29
Dr. Keith O’Brien, DDS
Dr. Parrott, DDS
Office on Youth
Ride With Pride
Riverheads Elementary School
Rockingham Memorial Hospital Radiation
Rockingham Memorial Hospital Family Birthplace
Rockbridge County Sherriff’s Office
Shickel Corporation
Dr. Margaret Siman
Staunton Augusta YMCA
Staunton City Commonwealth Attorney
Staunton Police Department
Stewart Middle School
Dr. Michael Stout, DDS
Stuarts Draft Animal Hospital
Stuarts Draft Elementary
Stuarts Draft High School
Synergy PT
Dr. Testerman, DDS
Vellines, Glick and Whitesell,  PLC
Verona Elementary School
Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind
Vailes Construction
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
United Way of Greater Augusta
Waynesboro Police Department
Westwood Animal Hospital
White DDS, Dr. Alan
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Wilson Elementary
Wilson Middle School
Wintergreen Resort
 Staunton City
Jackie Kurtz, Coordinator
American Shakespeare Center
A.R. Ware Elementary
Augusta Health Care
Augusta Physical Therapy
Augusta – Valley Veterinarian Hospital
Black, Noland and Read
Blue Ridge Court Services
Blue Ridge Pediatrics
Calvary Baptist Church
Cedar Creek Stables
Covenant Pre-School
Covenant Presbyterian
Dixon Elementary
Dockery Chiropratic
Historic Staunton
Mark Cloth Orthodonics
McSwain Elementary
Middle River Veterinary Hospital
Monica Wilson Photography
Ocheltree, Dr. John – Podiatrist
Office of Economic Develoopment-Staunton
Office on Youth
Robert E. LeeHigh School
Shelburne Middle
Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School
Staunton-Augusta Social Services
Staunton City, Commonwealth Attorney Office
Staunton Creative Community Fund
Staunton Downtown Developement Association
Staunton Police Department
Sunspots Studios & Glass Blowing
U.S Army Recruiter
Vellines, Glick and Whitesell
Virginia Department of Transportation
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitative Center
Waynesboro City
Bobbie Gilbert & David Hennel, Coordinators
Augusta Health Care
Avante Nursing Home
Ballet Box
Barren Ridge Physical Therapy
Berkeley Glenn Elementary
Cason Appraisal Co.
City of Waynesboro
Coffee On The Corner
Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
F. R. Dray Co.
Dr. Farley
Dr. William Faulkenberry
First Baptist Church
Garrett’s Salon
Edward D. Jones
Kate Collins Middle School
McDow Funeral Home
NTELOS Customer Care
Maternat Child Services, Janice Kitts Bodkin MS, NE-BC
Poindexter Law Firm
ReMax Realty
Rowe’s Restaurant
Smooth Athletics
Waynesboro High School
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation
Waynesboro Police Department
Waynesboro Schools-Central Office
Wenonah Elementary
Westhills Realty
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Westwood Hills Elementary
William Perry Elementary
Wintergreen Resort
Wilson Elementary
Wilson High School
Woodworth Animal Hospital
UVA HealthSouth