“I love my job because I feel like I’m a part of this town’s history. White’s is legendary and it’s the best job I’ve had in my 20+ years working in this industry.”
Born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley, Mandy lives in Staunton with her husband, Danny, along with sons Riley and Jonas (as well as their dog Charlie!). Luckily, many of her extended family lives here as well. Joining White’s Wayside in 2018, she is now Kitchen Manager and Chef. Mandy leads a close and happy team in the kitchen and is famous for her Shrimp & Grits, Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes, Big Boy Fries, Trout, Soups and Stews and so much more! She thrives when busy with orders and always appreciates a stop by her kitchen to compliment her creations. Mandy’s high standards are a part of the entire staff’s goal of offering you an extraordinary dining experience.
Amber Dowdy, Bakery Manager
“I love White’s Wayside because I get to do what I love every day and contribute to my community.”
Born and raised (mostly) in Augusta County, Amber lives less than five minutes from White’s Wayside with her dad, Fred, as well as siblings Afton and Austin. (If you have noticed the wooden Baker Lady at the front door of the diner, know that Fred carved the statue as a gift to celebrate three members of his family working in the bakery at various times.)Amber and her boyfriend Preston recently purchased a home in the West Augusta/Deerfield Valley area and are fixing it up with the hope of moving in within a year. Amber joined the White’s Wayside team in 2016 (the year we opened!) and has excelled in the bakery. She makes sure we have the bread, pies, rolls, crackers, cinnamon buns, cookies, specialty breads ready for you. Amber trained in Charlottesville to master the amazing and popular hand pies we offer. Amber’s interests include many creatures. Over the years, she has had fish, horses, goats, dogs and cats. Her dog, Kaida, currently rules the nest. Amber enjoys K-Pop concerts, reading (fiction), cooking, hiking, traveling and bee keeping…despite her allergy to stings. Amber is studying Japanese and dreams of a trip to Japan someday.
Rose Grant, General Manager
“In all of my years working, I have now found a job that brings warmth to my heart with family, friends and neighbors. White’s Wayside is a place that I call my Home Away From Home.”
Born in Korea and raised in West Virginia, for the past six years Rose and her fiancé Marc have made Head Waters their home. Rose has raised five sons and currently boasts six grandchildren. A motorcycle enthusiast, Rose especially enjoys Highland County/West Virginia backroad motorcycle adventures with Marc whenever they have the chance.
Rose joined the White’s Wayside team in 2019. As General Manager, Rose serves as the hub to make sure your experience with us is exceptional. She contributes a great deal of behind-the-scenes tasks including ordering, scheduling, bill paying, accounting, training and facilities management. You will often see her greeting customers and answering questions about bees, mushrooms and more. When not at work (or on the motorcycle!) Rose enjoys her cats, gardening, bee keeping, mushrooms, woodworking and cooking. She's often been jokingly accused of having O.F.D. (Obsessive Feeding Disorder), and her unique Korean-Appalachian culinary style creates amazing results!
Shawn Allen, Baker
“I love the family we’ve become.” Shawn lives with her husband in the George Washington National Forest. She began baking at White’s Wayside the year we opened in 2016 and we are fond of identifying her as the “Mother of the Bakery” because she is the one who successfully made the transition from baking the original WhiteWay bread in our camp kitchen to producing it in a commercial kitchen. Besides the bread, she creates many of the cheesecakes, pies and cakes that you enjoy. Shawn's hobbies include baking, gardening and walks with her husband and Black Labs Beau and Kate.
Holly Bodkin, Front of House
“Friends gather at the WhiteWay. Whether you are meeting someone or making a new friend, our warm atmosphere brings people together. I love taking care of the folks who come to see us every week and helping new customers feel at home.”
Born and raised (mostly) in Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, Holly lives in Sugar Grove with her husband Gavin and 3-year-old daughter, Gwen. With her extended family nearby, she enjoys the mountains of West Virginia and her time with family. Holly has been with White’s Wayside since 2019. Working with the Front of House team, she makes sure you receive a smiling & warm welcome and that your service runs smoothly. Her energy and positive attitude make her exceptional.
Holly enjoys gardening, motorcycling and time with her daughter. She also works for her husband who is a motorcycle mechanic capable of fixing anything from small engines to big engines (chainsaws to diesels). Holly helps Gavin in his shop (Bodkin Service and Repair) by providing the administrative work needed. Gavin has just finished building an office for her to work in her own dedicated space, which makes her very happy.