Executive Committee

  • Cheri Bargen

    Cheri Bargen

    President

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I asked to join the board as the Fundraising Director and at first I declined be…

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  • Sophia Nguyen

    Sophia Nguyen

    VP/Administration

    1. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? Casted as Ariel in Little Mermaid for school musical 2. Awards or…

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  • Karen Rains

    Karen Rains

    VP/Development

    1. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I’ve been in the hospitality industry as an independent manufactur…

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  • Erin Weiner

    Secretary

  • Nathan Fleming

    Nathan Fleming

    Treasurer

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I started going to NEWH events in 2003 with my former employer. I became a memb…

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  • Stephanie Deshaies

    Stephanie Deshaies

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    1. What is the last book you read? The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy 2. If you could check into any hotel in the world, wh…

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  • Vanessa Vaughan

    Vanessa Vaughan

    Executive Advisor

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW? Joining NEWH was recommended by a colleague when I was starting into more of …

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Board of Directors

  • Sophia Nguyen

    Sophia Nguyen

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    1. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? Casted as Ariel in Little Mermaid for school musical 2. Awards or…

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  • Karen Rains

    Karen Rains

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    1. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I’ve been in the hospitality industry as an independent manufactur…

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  • Denise Corso

    Denise Corso

    Scholarship

    1. Tell us about our personal/professional background. I began my career as an interior designer in 1995. I have worked for …

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  • Sandra Brumbaugh

    Sandra Brumbaugh

    Membership

    1. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? I enjoy wandering around (in 50 degree plus, dryish weather) taking pi…

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  • Karol Hauch

    Karol Hauch

    Programming

    1. What is the last book you read? Outlander 2. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I grew up in Seatt…

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  • Randa Morgan

    Randa Morgan

    Fundraising

    1. What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest? Bar Sajour for design esthetics,…

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  • Kelly Knowles

    Kelly Knowles

    Marketing

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I became involved in NEWH through co-workers that were already involved and on t…

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Committee Chair

  • Christa Jansen

    Christa Jansen

    Education

  • Rebecca Dobosh

    Rebecca Dobosh

    Sustainable Hospitality

    1. If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? I love the direction that hostels have been he…

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  • Jennifer Fleming

    Jennifer Fleming

    Chair/Scholarship

  • Wendy Mohr

    Wendy Mohr

    Chair/Membership

  • Kelli Groh

    Kelli Groh

    Chair/Programming

  • Nathan Fleming

    Nathan Fleming

    Tradeshow/Regional

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I started going to NEWH events in 2003 with my former employer. I became a memb…

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  • Katy Kennedy

    Hospitality

  • Crystal Higgins

    Public Relations

  • Mackenzie Nix

    Internet Communications

  • Colleen Hobbs

    Colleen Hobbs

    Community Service

  • Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

    Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

    Strategic Alliances

    1.How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW? My passion for the Design industry has brought me to this organization. My co…

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  • Dena Yamaguchi

    Dena Yamaguchi

    Strategic Alliances

  • Erica Albertson

    Erica Albertson

    Student Representative

  • Gabrielle Diebner

    Student Representative

  • Katy Clark

    Katy Clark

    Strategic Planning

    1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I always envisioned a creative career to have a massive community-type component…

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  • My Nguyen

    Committee Development

Cheri Bargen

Cheri Bargen

President

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I asked to join the board as the Fundraising Director and at first I declined because it sounded like the hardest position on the board! When I was approached a second time I decided to take the bull by the horns and challenge myself with learning something new. It has been a great experience to get out of my comfort zone, meet and develop relationships with people in the industry and help give back to the new incomers to the industry and next generation.

2. What is the last book you read? These Is My Words by Nancy E Turner – a wonderful inspiring diary collection of Sarah Agnes Prine from her adventures pioneering the Arizona territories in the early 1900s, creating the world and life she dreamed of and falling in love. Tragedy, romance, adventure, comedy, sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-scary and joyous moments of an incredible woman’s journey through life all packed into one damn good book {Sometimes I just think I was born in the wrong era!}

3. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Mostly anything outdoors or in the country; riding, paddle boarding, hiking, relaxing by the lake with a good book, kayaking, boat riding, walking or going for runs with the girls (Oaklie the German Shepard and Pippa the Pomeranian, an odd pair I know!). I enjoy gardening and growing my own food and flowers to sell a new adventure for me this year! Also, I’m usually at my happiest when on the back of my horse, Graffy jumping or working on my dressage. This year my horse family grows to two when my new foal arrives in June!

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

VP/Administration

1. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? Casted as Ariel in Little Mermaid for school musical

2. Awards or recognitions? 3 international karate championship titles

3. Favorite caffeinated beverage? Soy caramel macchiato

4. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Running, biking, skiing, (pretty much anything active), traveling and exploring new places, having lunch/dinner outings with friends

Karen Rains

Karen Rains

VP/Development

1. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I’ve been in the hospitality industry as an independent manufacturer’s representative for almost 9 years and it’s flown by! I have a marketing background and ended up in the industry through my husband – an architect by schooling and career rep himself. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life and really can’t imagine being anywhere but the beautiful Pacific Northwest. San Diego is the only other US city I’ve considered living, however Bucerias Mexico makes a wonderful winter home someday. When I’m not working I’m chasing my kids around, spending time outside as much as I can, and planning my next home renovation project. It’s a horrible addiction.

Nathan Fleming

Nathan Fleming

Treasurer

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I started going to NEWH events in 2003 with my former employer. I became a member in 2005 of the South Counties Chapter. Once in the chapter, I became the Treasurer and held the position for 2 years. We grew our chapter and increased scholarships during my time on the board. Nine years and 10 months later I’ve received my membership acceptance cert to the Northwest Chapter NEWH!

2. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I started in the hospitality industry in 2003 as a sub agent for a multi-line rep in Southern California. We specialized in hospitality case goods, lighting, and carpet. In 2005 I made a change and went to Pacific Carpets. I completed thousands and thousands of room renovations as a project manager / salesman working with all vendors and contractors. When the recession hit in 2008, my wife had been laid off as a school teacher and my job saw a 2 year pipeline drain empty, we had to make a decision and decided to move to Seattle! We moved here in 2009 and I started my multi line company taking on Brintons Carpets, Lexmark Carpets, and Bernhardt Hospitality. Once we found ourselves with 2 kids in full time day care and a still very bad economy, I made another decision in my life to watch my kids during the day and work during the evenings. I started waiting tables at restaurants and did so for the last 4 years while I took care of the kids during the day. Best decision I’ve ever made in my life! Now the kids are in school and pre-school and I’m back to continue my career.

Stephanie Deshaies

Stephanie Deshaies

Past President/Parliamentarian

1. What is the last book you read? The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy

2. If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? The Ice Hotel in Northern Sweden. Do you really have to ask why? It’s Cool!

3. Tell us about your personal/professional background. Throughout her career, Stephanie has been dedicated to elevating the profession of interior design. She is a past board member of IIDA; she has been a site visitor for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER) for over 10 years. Stephanie has served on multiple coalitions in pursuit of legal recognition of the interior design profession. She is an advisor for the Interior Design Coalition of Washington IDCW. Stephanie is committed to the effort of securing interior design legislation in al 50 states. It is Stephanie’s tireless commitment to interior design professionalism that fuels her desire to be interior designs most passionate advocate.

4. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Play with my kids / practice Yoga

Vanessa Vaughan

Vanessa Vaughan

Executive Advisor

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW? Joining NEWH was recommended by a colleague when I was starting into more of a business development role at my company. I actually attended a board meeting before I went to any events or programs. I was greeted by an intelligent, enthusiastic and fun group of people on the NEWH board and agreed to take on the programming position because of my background in event planning. I’ve never looked back!

2. What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest? I have so many favorite places to eat, sleep and play in the PacNor! Some of my favorite spots for dining happen to have an Asian influence Stateside, which was designed by my old friend and former colleague Callie Meyer, Revel in Fremont which has been open a few years but continues to delight me on every visit. London Plane in Pioneer Square. We are lucky to have some incredible restaurateurs here in Seattle and lots of tiny restaurants that do their own unique thing when it comes to food.

As far as hotels go, when I have clients or friends visiting I recommend the Max or the Monaco. Of course, the Ace hotel in Seattle changed hospitality design forever, though my favorite Ace is in Palm Springs. In Portland, my absolute favorite is Hotel Deluxe – it’s just about the only hotel in the world I am loyal to. I stay there every visit. I think it’s really their adorable cocktail bar, The Driftwood Room, that does it for me. That and their outstanding hospitality and attention to detail.

3. What is the last book you read? I am reading a fascinating book right now called Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay. It traces back the origin of different natural pigments and colors as well as their meanings / significance throughout history and geography. It is a great read and I highly recommend for anyone who likes a good story.

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

1. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? Casted as Ariel in Little Mermaid for school musical

2. Awards or recognitions? 3 international karate championship titles

3. Favorite caffeinated beverage? Soy caramel macchiato

4. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Running, biking, skiing, (pretty much anything active), traveling and exploring new places, having lunch/dinner outings with friends

Karen Rains

Karen Rains

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

1. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I’ve been in the hospitality industry as an independent manufacturer’s representative for almost 9 years and it’s flown by! I have a marketing background and ended up in the industry through my husband – an architect by schooling and career rep himself. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life and really can’t imagine being anywhere but the beautiful Pacific Northwest. San Diego is the only other US city I’ve considered living, however Bucerias Mexico makes a wonderful winter home someday. When I’m not working I’m chasing my kids around, spending time outside as much as I can, and planning my next home renovation project. It’s a horrible addiction.

Denise Corso

Denise Corso

Scholarship

1. Tell us about our personal/professional background.
I began my career as an interior designer in 1995. I have worked for various architecture and design firms and was partner and co-owner of the award winning hospitality design firm CorsoStaicoff. I joined The Wright Group, a multi line hospitality rep group in 2010 bringing a passionate and thorough understanding of the hospitality design field.

2. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you?
I received 2 speeding tickets in one day. I have not had one since. That was 9 years ago!

3. What is the last book you read?
Lonely Planet’s guide to Italy count? An informative read having recently returned from a glorious trip to Italy. I plan to return many more times. It is one of the best places on earth.

Sandra Brumbaugh

Sandra Brumbaugh

Membership

1. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I enjoy wandering around (in 50 degree plus, dryish weather) taking pictures.
2. Favorite caffeinated beverage?
My favorite and necessary beverage is a strong cup of black coffee first thing in the morning.
3. What is your favorite book?
“The Broker” by John Grisham … have to go to Italy now because of it.

Karol Hauch

Karol Hauch

Programming

1. What is the last book you read?
Outlander
2. Tell us about your personal/professional background.
I grew up in Seattle, got my BA in Interior Design at Seattle Pacific University, and worked at a small interior design firm after graduation. I then spent a few years working in the restaurant industry and eventually returned to the design industry by working at Pental Granite & Marble as a showroom sales associate. I quickly moved on to doing outside sales as an A&D Rep and have loved it ever since!
3. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Acrylic painting on canvas, going on beach weekend getaways, and spending time with my awesome husband, dog and cat.

Randa Morgan

Randa Morgan

Fundraising

1. What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest? Bar Sajour for design esthetics, The Inn Keeper for dining, and Penny Royal at The Palladian for HH.
2. If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? The Grand Budapest Hotel. What a wild ride that would be [fictional of course]: beautiful scenery and a mysterious murder case!
3. What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? I’ve summited 19 mountains over 14K feet, most recently Mount Rainier!
4. Favorite caffeinated beverage? The dirty hippy AKA soy chai with a shot of espresso.

Kelly Knowles

Kelly Knowles

Marketing

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I became involved in NEWH through co-workers that were already involved and on the board. Next thing I knew I was on the board myself! I graduated college in the pit of the economy and belong to an organization like NEWH with so many networking opportunities would have been a huge benefit. I want to be able to share that with students looking to work in the Northwest area as well as provide scholarships and opportunities for current students.

2. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Exploring new restaurants, weight lifting, hiking, camping, and running are just a few of the activities I love doing after work. After sitting at a desk for 9hrs I am beyond ready to get outside.

3. What is your favorite caffeinated beverage? Being that this is Seattle, I have to answer this question! It definitely depends on the season, but my go to drink of choice is grande sugarfree vanilla Americano with light room for cream (hot or iced ).

Rebecca Dobosh

Rebecca Dobosh

Sustainable Hospitality

1. If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why?
I love the direction that hostels have been heading towards in the last few years. They seem to be a market where owners are willing to take risks and explore dynamic new guest experiences. Examples are any of the Generator Hostels (Berlin, London, Venice, Paris) or Kex Hostel in Iceland or the Hostel Goli + Bosi, Croatia. And I would love to visitall of those places.
2. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
Reading a book. Always! I love love love reading and in another life where I followed an alternate career path I would be running an independent bookstore or publishing house. I did some volunteer copy-editing for Coffee House Press in Minneapolis after college while I was moonlighting as a computer programmer. I went into interior design originally because I love having an influence on the story and storytelling experience of a space. Which I firmly believe all relates back to my love of reading.
3. Favorite caffeinated beverage?
I am equal opportunity in my love of all things caffeinated. Living in the Pacific NW give you a foot up on one’s coffee snobbery but now with the trend for the artisanal tea experience I am back to my early love of tea drinking. Raised by an English father who would stir a spoonful of his black tea into my milk to get me to drink it as a child, I was so into tea that my original idea when I moved to Portland from the mid-West was to open a tea house / gourmet candy store. Two of my loves from childhood married into one fantastic business plan, yes? But I thought I’d take a few years to understand the Portland market and stumbled into design school (with a focus on sustainability because this is Portland, after all) during that time. And a truly sustainable environment should include lots of tea!

Nathan Fleming

Nathan Fleming

Tradeshow/Regional

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I started going to NEWH events in 2003 with my former employer. I became a member in 2005 of the South Counties Chapter. Once in the chapter, I became the Treasurer and held the position for 2 years. We grew our chapter and increased scholarships during my time on the board. Nine years and 10 months later I’ve received my membership acceptance cert to the Northwest Chapter NEWH!

2. Tell us about your personal/professional background. I started in the hospitality industry in 2003 as a sub agent for a multi-line rep in Southern California. We specialized in hospitality case goods, lighting, and carpet. In 2005 I made a change and went to Pacific Carpets. I completed thousands and thousands of room renovations as a project manager / salesman working with all vendors and contractors. When the recession hit in 2008, my wife had been laid off as a school teacher and my job saw a 2 year pipeline drain empty, we had to make a decision and decided to move to Seattle! We moved here in 2009 and I started my multi line company taking on Brintons Carpets, Lexmark Carpets, and Bernhardt Hospitality. Once we found ourselves with 2 kids in full time day care and a still very bad economy, I made another decision in my life to watch my kids during the day and work during the evenings. I started waiting tables at restaurants and did so for the last 4 years while I took care of the kids during the day. Best decision I’ve ever made in my life! Now the kids are in school and pre-school and I’m back to continue my career.

Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

Strategic Alliances

1.How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW? My passion for the Design industry has brought me to this organization. My compassion for my design clients, encourages me to be more involved and give back.

2.What are some of your favorite hotels, restaurants, and spaces in the Pacific Northwest? There are so many fabulous places in the northwest, where do I begin? I would have to say, one of my favorite places is this private Bed and Breakfast in Leavenworth,WA. A tranquil town, which reminds me of my travels around Europe.

3.If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Katslauttan Artic Resort, glass igloos in Finland so I could view the Northern Lights. They are so magical and this place would be unforgettable

4. Tell us about your personal/professional background. My educational background is in biochemistry, however I hold 2 bachelor’s of science degrees from Oregon State University. One in Interior Design, the Second in Housing Studies, which encompasses real estate, construction and urban development.

Katy Clark

Katy Clark

Strategic Planning

1. How/why did you become involved in NEWH? I always envisioned a creative career to have a massive community-type component to it. Design isn’t done well in a vacuum. As my career has progressed and transitioned, I have become much more aware of how impactful joining in, networking and socializing with peers can be. It not only directly contributes to more thoughtful, well rounded approach to design, but it has a positive effect on me personally as well. NEWH offered a fun and non-intimidating avenue to get started on the networking path that really drives our industry.

2. What is your favorite caffeinated beverage? Affogato with Salted Almond Chocolate gelato. Seriously I can (and might) consume this every day.

3. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? I enjoy trying to learn to love running. And also to spend as much time as possible with my husband and puppy.