WALT is a public service organization with a small part-time staff, voluntary board and volunteers, seeking funding through private sector, local, state and federal to advance computer training and development in the rural areas of the Shenandoah Valley.
We provide short term training and professional development that guides the unemployed, dislocated, underemployed and never employed workers to a career and life path of employability. We are engaged in partnerships and cross-agency collaborations to create "educational partnership" that will enhance education and workforce training capacity.
A variety of services that are offered includes basic to advanced training in Microsoft applications, e-learning tools, transitional education, career exploration and work-life skills development. A high emphasis is placed on the training and development of youth and adults through established Community Technology Training Center (CTTC) to provide more access to computers.
To strengthen and enrich individuals’ technological knowledge by providing education and skills training that enhances their growth potential in a competitive world.
To become the leading, mobile, technology training organization in the Shenandoah Valley.
To offer an educational opportunity for rural communities through Community Technology Training Centers.
To identify and partner with businesses and community leaders by providing skills development for long term employment placement.
To develop viable initiatives which will assist school youth and out of school adults to work readiness.
To emphasize technology education for all students and prepare them for demand occupations.
Founder and Executive Director of Waynesboro Area Learning & Technology Center (W.A.L.T.), a non-profit organization providing technology training and development to the City of Waynesboro and surrounding rural counties. Janet has a Master's Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in Business Organizational Management from Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.
Under Janet’s leadership W.A.L.T. has been recognized for its excellence and positive impacts to the community:
- 13th Annual Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, nominated in the category of Innovation in Higher Education
- Valley Favorite New Business for Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta and Nelson Counties the Waynesboro News Virginian
- Distinguished Community Service Organization Award
- Small Business of the Year Award from the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
- USDA Rural Development Funding Certificate for 25K for the Basic and Advanced Computer Literacy Program- 2011.
Janet serves as a Board member for Vector Industries, Waynesboro and the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation, Fishersville. With over twenty years of business and management experience, she has held key leadership positions within procurement and operations of Fortune 500 companies and the Federal Government. She is a dedicated and active member of the community. Janet is a native of Nelson County, Virginia.
Ms. Gomez joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in the Fall of 2002 and became a shareholder in June 2007. Her practice has a strong concentration in real estate transactions and litigation. Her caseload currently includes several partition suits, boundary disputes, zoning issues and title defects, among other miscellaneous real estate matters. In addition, Ms. Gomez provides a full range of services to business clients, including assistance with organizational documents, contracts, leases, debt collection, and litigation. Ms. Gomez also regularly provides estate planning advice and serves as court-appointed guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.
Ms. Gomez has been a member of the Virginia Bar since 1997 and the District of Columbia Bar since 1999 and is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar Associations as well as the Augusta County Bar Association. Ms. Gomez earned her law degree from the George Mason University School of Law in May of 1997 and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Jason Lackey comes from an Architecture and Engineering background. He is a registered landscape architect and holds a masters degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in landscape architecture. He specializes in site design and storm water management.
Jason, a six year veteran of the Army and native of Dallas, Texas owned and successfully operated his business in for over seven years. In addition, to his professional and business background, he brings his technical expertise in Excel (Basic to Advanced), AutoCAD, Photoshop to WALT.
Jason and his family relocated to Staunton in 2014 to be closer to family. In his off time you can find him hiking, studying chess, or learning new things.
Abena Foreman-Trice, BS, MMA, has more than 17 years of experience in the contemporary media business. Currently, she is a writer and producer for the Communication and Marketing Office in the Darden School Foundation. In her role, Abena generates business news stories featuring Darden's faculty and staff members. She also creates new media content, including podcasts and vodcasts, which highlight business research and intellectual capital at Darden. Prior to joining the school, Abena worked for the Public Relations Office at the University of Virginia Health System. While there, she executed public relations and marketing functions for more than 10 clinical areas of the hospital. She also produced video and print news stories on various research and medical topics. Abena began her career in television broadcasting more than a decade ago. Stints in cable news and network-affiliated news stations eventually led her to NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., where she served as a reporter and co-launched the station's first weekend sunrise newscast.
A motivational speaker and trainer, Abena also provides individuals and organizations with her expertise in broadcast and public presentation skills, television program development, video production and social media management. Abena won the 1997 Virginia Medical Society Journalistic Excellence Award, the 2003 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award of Excellence in the video news category and the 2007 Parenting Publications of America Editorial Bronze Award for a magazine medical feature.
Appointed to City Council on April 25, 2005, to fill the unexpired term of his predecessor. Elected to Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. He served as Vice Mayor from July 2008 through June 2010 and as Mayor from July 2010 through June 2012. Mr. Lucente received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, West Virginia, and a Master’s degree in both Business Administration and Guidance and Counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is self-employed and the President of Sam’s Hotdogs, Inc.
Alvin "Pete" Marks, Jr., Doctor of Jurisprudence. Elected to City Council in May 2014. Received a Bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of William and Mary and a JD degree in law from the Marshall-Wythe school of law at William and Mary. Has lived and worked in Waynesboro since 1955 except for the years attending college and law school. Practiced law in Waynesboro from 1970 until retirement in 2007.
John Kupiec comes with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology working in large and small public, private, and government organization. He is a Clinical Data Manager/ Clinical Data Programmer for Atlantic Research Group (ARG), Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A graduate of Alfred University (B.S. Accounting, M.B.A Business Management) and the University of Virginia (M.S. Management Information Systems). John and his wife reside in Waynesboro, Virginia.
Carolyn A. Redd has an Associate’s Science (AS) from Blue Ridge Community College, a Bachelor’s Business Administration (BBA) from James Madison University and a Master’s Business Administration (MBA), Averett University. She has 29 years experience with American Safety Razor Company (now part of Energizer Personal Care) working in corporate treasury, corporate finance and payroll. Carolyn has also been a part-time accountant and business instructor for the former Elizabeth Brant School of Business; tax preparer for H&R Block, and Beneficial and Household Financial Services; bookkeeper with Sherwin Williams Company. Carolyn presently lives in Waynesboro Virginia.
Daniel Tann is the President and C.E.O. of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Tann, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania General Practice firm, which is commonly known in the community as the "Attorneys for All Generations." He continues his involvement in professional and social organizations which include the Philadelphia Barrister's Association, The American Bar Association, where he is a Diversity Fellow, The NAACP, Volunteers in Aid of Sickle Cell Anemia, American Diabetes Association, the African-American Alumni Association of LaSalle University where he served as President, the Philadelphia Pan-Hellenic Council and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated where he served as the 20th director of the eastern region from 1997-2000 and served as the International Legal Counsel from 2003-2005.
Denise has a Master's of Education and Leadership to include Secondary Education Principles and Supervision Certification. She is an educator currently serving as a department supervisor and administrator in a Montgomery County School district located near Philadelphia, PA. She has contributed greatly to developing programs and initiatives geared toward closing the achievement gap and building positive relationships between schools and the hard-to-reach parent. Passionately believing in the importance of partnering with community stakeholders in order to create a dynamic learning environment that supports student achievement and success for all students, she co-founded the V.I.B.E. and ImaG.I.N.E. programs which focus on building leadership skills and teaching self advocacy strategies to minority students. V.I.B.E.,(Voices Involved in promoting Black Excellence) and ImaG.I.N.E., (I'm a Girl - Intelligent, Noble and Educated) are K-12 initiatives that serve as model programs for districts interested in addressing the needs of students from diverse family backgrounds. Through a unique partnership between parents, community members and the school community, students experience increased confidence and thrive in an academically challenging environment. Through V.I.B.E., students see the school, community members, and their parents working together as one to help each participant achieve success.
Doreen Atterbury-Davis, MBA, CSSGB, is the Chairman and CEO of C.Y.D. (Charting Your Destiny), a "Welfare-to-Work" training program providing educational opportunities for young women entering the corporate environment. She is also the Co-Founder of a mentoring program that targets inner city youth. Prior to her current position, Doreen designed, developed and implemented corporate programs targeting and educating young professionals in interviewing techniques, performance appraisals process, "Dressing-for-Success" and the importance of positive body language. In her pursuit of industry leadership through quality, her corporate website designs, training development as well as tribute to "Black History Month" program designs, won her the 2002 corporate "Valuing Diversity Award." Doreen currently oversees the development, research and strategic planning of web-based training programs for a Fortune 500 company.
President and CEO of Creative Print Group, Inc., Creative Web Group, Inc. and Creative Strategies On-Line, LLC located in New Jersey. His core business, incorporated in 1985, has been and continues to be market driven as a complete services organization to small/medium size businesses. A graduate of Rider University (B.S. Marketing, 1976), he and his family reside in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
John is the Founder, of John Wesley Mosley Association which specializes in grant writing, fund raising and managing non-profit organizations such as churches, colleges and schools. He is a Missionary for the Navigators and African-American/International Discipleship Ministry. He has a Masters in City Planning-Cum Laude. John completed the M.Div. Degree Program at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary-License Minster for Church of God and New Covenant Church of Philadelphia. He is committed to promoting faith based partnership in the community to generate funding for city and community services/programs.