The Schoolhouse Hotel team has extensive experience in the hospitality industry. We pride ourselves on offering excellent service in our unique and inviting atmosphere. Many of our employees walked these halls as a student, and we all look forward to providing you a memorable experience here at The Schoolhouse Hotel.

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Corte Allen

-Sous Chef-

Corte Allen grew up in Staunton, Virginia, before graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduation, Corte worked the country club scene in Baltimore, Maryland before departing to The Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World. He later cooked at the Bay Colony golf and Country Club before joining the opening team at Rosendale Events in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked under Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale, as well as Steven Halliday, CEC.

"When I was a kid, my father brought me to work one day while he was a chef at The Greenbrier and I just remember walking through and feeling so small with everything going on around. It was crazy and chaotic, but all the while totally organized and under control. Something about that rush has stuck with me ever since and I knew I wanted to live this life. I've never once thought of another career since I was 8-years-old."

“My approach comes from a mixture of the mindsets of all my previous mentors,” says Corte. “When it comes to my own preferences, I love eating southern comfort foods. So, I try to recreate those classics but with the modern twists and techniques I’ve learned over the years. Of course, the food needs to be perfect, but for me as a chef it’s about more than the food. If the whole overall experience isn’t pleasant then it’s a failure on our part as "hospitality" professionals. The food, drinks, and service have to be perfect, but so does the accessibility, the movement and flow inside the establishment, the noise level, the colors of the wall, floor… it all plays a part.”

Corte says he is more than excited to bring that vision to The Schoolhouse Hotel’s flagship upscale southern restaurant The Varsity Club, as well as The Rooftop.

“Knowing the area that we are in, we believe those southern staples will do well here. I’m big on sustainability so being able to use great local products and putting out tasty, beautiful dishes that people will love is a win-win!”

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Jennifer Andrews

-Operations Manager-

Jennifer Andrews has a long career in hospitality that includes nearly 11 years at The Homestead and another five at The Greenbrier resort. With a degree in Hospitality Administration and Management from Dabney Lancaster, Jennifer has moved quickly through the management ranks of both hotels, where she has experience in front desk, events, weddings, housekeeping, and more. With her breadth of experience, Jennifer is excited to begin her career at The Schoolhouse Hotel.

“I love the hospitality industry because no two days are the same, and every day is a new day. Hospitality provides a lifelong learning experience and allows you to develop yourself both professionally and as a person. One of the most important reasons to work in hospitality is that you take care of people. Finally, it’s simply enjoyable, and every time you come into work you’re making someone’s day that little bit better.”

Jennifer believes great customer service is solving guest needs quickly and efficiently, and exceeding guests' expectations. She hopes that great service means guests will go out and tell others about their experience—the best kind of advertising.

White Sulphur Springs is Jennifer’s hometown and she was a student at the school during her Junior High Days.

“Green Devil Pride runs through my veins and some of my best memories include this school. Walking through the building now, I can reflect on being a majorette, band member, going to sports events, and my favorite teachers. The Schoolhouse Hotel is home.”

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Joshua Coleman

-Food & Beverage Supervisor-

Josh Coleman began his hospitality career as a line cook at Snowshoe in 2003. Three years later, he began working at The Greenbrier where he started out as a busboy. He quickly moved on to become a Waiter, Banquet Manager, Service Captain, and then a Sommelier. Josh has nearly 20 years of experience in the hotel industry.

“Great service is giving your best service every time to every guest. No exceptions,” he says. “I love working in the hospitality industry—meeting people and making friendships with guests from all over the world.”

Josh looks forward to building The Schoolhouse Hotel’s beverage program and watching guests enjoy themselves with a great drink in their hand.

He has lived in White Sulphur Springs for the past 16 years, and fondly remembers coaching his daughters in youth league basketball in The Schoolhouse Hotel’s old gymnasium.

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Marsha Rae Fernandez

-Sales and Event Manager-

Marsha Rae Fernandez, a White Sulphur Springs native, has 20-plus years of meeting and event planning experience in a variety of luxury and boutique properties throughout the country. A member of Meeting Planners International since 2002, Marsha has a deep connection to the hospitality industry and holds the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.

“I feel like I was born into the hospitality industry.  I am part of the third generation.” she says.   “In fact, I’ve only one sibling that’s not in the industry.”

Marsha states she is excited to launch her new career as the Sales and Events Manager here at The Schoolhouse Hotel and looks forward to hosting corporate, social, and wedding events already scheduled for the upcoming year.

“I think industry knowledge and experience really sets us apart here at The Schoolhouse Hotel.  From the pre-event communications to the on-site experience to the follow-up interactions, our events are designed with an elegant, consistent look and feel that supports expectations. We are committed from the moment someone arrives and throughout the function.”

To book an event or meeting at The Schoolhouse Hotel, email info@theschoolhousehotelwv.com.

Jesus Vazquez

Jesus Vazquez, CEC

-Executive Chef-

Chef Jesus Vazquez was born and raised in Mexico and graduated in 2012 with a degree in International Culinary Business Administration. He brings over 10 years of international and regional experience including cooking for large tourist destinations to TV producers. In 2019, he joined The Greenbrier as Sous Chef of Prime 44 and was later promoted to Chef de Cuisine in 2020.

In June 2022, Chef Jesus earned his Certified Executive Chef certification through the American Culinary Federation.

When asked what excites him most about The Schoolhouse Hotel, Chef Jesus explains: “The opportunity to work with local products and producers to showcase what West Virginia has to offer as well as complement our guest experience. I want to show people that we don’t just provide accommodations, we provide experiences, and that’s what makes us different.”

Chef Jesus loves to smoke proteins and is big lover of BBQ and “open wood fire” food. He feels that wood enhances the flavor of any ingredients and hopes to incorporate that in some of the new dishes.

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Mia Wooding

-Business Manager-

Mia Wooding brings years of business experience, with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Delaware State University. A White Sulphur Springs native, who spent time here at The Schoolhouse Hotel as a student at White Sulphur Jr. High in the 1980s, Mia Wooding is proud to return in her new role as the hotel’s Operations Supervisor.

“I am a Green Devil for life,” she says. “So when I saw that the school was being remodelled to become a hotel, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it. I was so excited that the building was not torn down and something else was put in its place. It feels like the school has been reincarnated—making for a happy, inviting environment, as well as giving the community a boost and some hope for our future here in White Sulphur Springs.”

Mia says that the hospitality industry is something she gravitated to at an early age. She enjoys pleasing guests and looks forward to the hotel welcoming guests from around the world to her hometown.

In her spare time, Mia loves interior design projects, working out, and spending time with her husband of 13 years and two teenage children at their White Sulphur Springs home.