Executive Committee

  • Kathryn Clark

    Kathryn Clark

    President

    Kathryn ‘Katy’ Clark is an Interior Designer for B+H Advance Strategy. I have always been passionate that good design i…

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  • Kelli Groh

    Kelli Groh

    VP/Administration

  • Kelly Knowles

    Kelly Knowles

    VP/Development

  • Angela Liu

    Angela Liu

    Secretary

  • Melissa Garred

    Melissa Garred

    Treasurer

  • Karen Rains

    Karen Rains

    Past President/Parliamentarian

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

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  • Sophia Yen

    Sophia Yen

    Executive Advisor

    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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Board of Directors

  • Kelli Groh

    Kelli Groh

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • 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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  • Erica Albertson

    Erica Albertson

    Scholarship

    How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW? After receiving my second NEWH NW scholarship and attending the Savor event la…

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  • Matthew Spenny

    Matthew Spenny

    Membership

  • Denise Durrell Aubin

    Denise Durrell Aubin

    Programming

  • Allison Robinson

    Allison Robinson

    Fundraising

Committee Chair

  • Dena Yamaguchi

    Dena Yamaguchi

    Chair/Scholarship

  • Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

    Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

    Education

    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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  • Marit Jensen

    Marit Jensen

    Education

  • Cara Rude

    Cara Rude

    Green Voice

    Tell us about your personal/professional background: 14 years as an Interior Designer, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP and passio…

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  • Kristen Gilchrist

    Kristen Gilchrist

    Chair/Programming

  • Jamie Hysell

    Jamie Hysell

    Hospitality

  • Wendy Mohr

    Wendy Mohr

    Hospitality

    What are your favorite hotels/restaurants in the Pacigic Northwest? I'm a die hard Four Seasons girl and I do love the W in …

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  • Randa Hart

    Randa Hart

    Public Relations

  • Pilar Alfaro

    Pilar Alfaro

    Publications

  • Erin Weiner

    Erin Weiner

    Internet Communications

    Tell us about your personal/professional background. I graduated from Harrington College of Design in Chicago in 2012 and wen…

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  • Jennifer Hayden

    Jennifer Hayden

    Community Service

    Jennifer Hayden is the Commercial Department manager and A&D representative for Pental Granite & Marble in Seattle, WA. After…

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  • Rebecca Luong

    Rebecca Luong

    Chair/Marketing

  • Emma Abramowitz

    Emma Abramowitz

    Strategic Alliances

  • Amanda Beltran

    Amanda Beltran

    Strategic Alliances

  • Stephanie Poliakoff

    Stephanie Poliakoff

    Strategic Planning

    What is the last book you read? I am actually in the middle of "Finding Your Way in a Wild World" by Martha Beck. She is one …

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  • Sandra Brumbaugh

    Sandra Brumbaugh

    Committee Development

    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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Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark

President

Kathryn ‘Katy’ Clark is an Interior Designer for B+H Advance Strategy.
I have always been passionate that good design is THE driver for great experiences. Thoughtful and detail oriented design guides our interaction with and use of a space, and imparts to us a lasting memory. Hospitality Design excites me as it is the most direct way to engage with a user and create these positive impressions. Considerate, user-driven design can upgrade a date night spot to a special occasion destination or trick my brain into stepping a walk in the park up to a run. I have learned that the most successful end results are achieved through the collaboration of the teams that conceive of and build them. From ownership to general contractors to manufacturers along the way, it is important for designers to establish positive working relationships with everyone involved. Budget may be King, but attitude and perspective provide the counsel that keeps a project true to its vision.

Karen Rains

Karen Rains

Past President/Parliamentarian

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.

Sophia Yen

Sophia Yen

Executive Advisor

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.

Erica Albertson

Erica Albertson

Scholarship

How/why did you become involved in NEWH NW?
After receiving my second NEWH NW scholarship and attending the Savor event last July, I knew the NEWH gang was a different breed that I had to be involved with. I’ve chosen to stay involved because getting the NEWH NW scholarship was truly an answer to prayers and I want to see more and more students be able to finished their college careers because of what we do through NEWH. Plus, they’re a fun group to be friends with!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I love all things crafty. I constantly have some kind of project going, big or small, usually made of wood. My most recent obsession though is making concrete planters!

What is one thing nobody would ever know about you?
I’ve recently taken up scuba diving and I love working with power tools. You’ll usually find my hair done and nails well groomed, but the truth is that I love pulling up my sleeves and getting dirty. My favorite thing is understanding how things work and sometimes that means I must take them apart first!

Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

Jennifer Haycox, LEED AP

Education

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.

Cara Rude

Cara Rude

Green Voice

Tell us about your personal/professional background: 14 years as an Interior Designer, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP and passionate about design that creates a regeneration lifestyle through healthy materials and biophilic principals. I have spent the last 4 years educating myself and clients about the power of choice we have in the materials we specify and am thrilled to see the industry growing in knowledge and resources that create healthy spaces.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work? Cuddling my newborn twins and adventuring withg my family of six; whether that be camping, fishing, hiking or biking through our beautiful Alaskan home.

What is one thing nobody would every know about you? I am a modern dancer with a great love for expressive movement and music that makes your soul come alive.

Wendy Mohr

Wendy Mohr

Hospitality

What are your favorite hotels/restaurants in the Pacigic Northwest?
I’m a die hard Four Seasons girl and I do love the W in Seattle.

As for restaurants, if I’m going to say one of my favorites, it’s Nobu. Thank goodness there is not one in the NW as it’s way too pricey for my pallet. I do love the Met in Seatle it’s a great go to when we are with clients.

Erin Weiner

Erin Weiner

Internet Communications

Tell us about your personal/professional background. I graduated from Harrington College of Design in Chicago in 2012 and went on to work in a residential multiline showroom doing custom shop drawings. From there I moved to Dallas to work with Purchasing Management International doing purchasing work in the hospitality and gaming industries. Currently I do interior design and purchasing for Noble House Hotels here in Washington.

What is one thing nobody would ever know about you? I held the season record for most penalty minutes one year when I played hockey in high school.

Favorite caffeinated beverage? Ice nonfat white mocha, no whip!

Jennifer Hayden

Jennifer Hayden

Community Service

Jennifer Hayden is the Commercial Department manager and A&D representative for Pental Granite & Marble in Seattle, WA. After graduating with a Bachelors of Art in Interior Design from the California State University, Chico in 2006, Jennifer moved to Seattle and began working for Pental G&M. Jennifer has been actively involved in NEWH since 2010 as well a other industry organizations including IIDA, IDCW and ASID (currently Professional development director). This is Jennifer’s second year as NEWH programming (having co-chaired in 2012) and looks forward to the years to come with NEWH.

Stephanie Poliakoff

Stephanie Poliakoff

Strategic Planning

What is the last book you read? I am actually in the middle of “Finding Your Way in a Wild World” by Martha Beck. She is one of my favorite because I love exploring the “woo-woo” side of this crazy world.

If you could check into any hotel in the world, what would it be? And why? Four Seasons overwater bungalow in Bora Bora for two weeks; I would sleep for days straight, order room service, jump in the water, take long baths, yoga on the beach and repeat. It has been a dream for years. Can my doggies join us? (of course Barry is invited too)

Tell us about your personal/professional background: I have been involved in sales and national account management for over 13 years, and Seattle has turned out to be the perfect environment to launch my own independent rep group! I have worked diligently to align myself with companies that have exceptional products, excellent customer service/support and a high level of integrity. I am passionate about what I do, and have enjoyed getting to know this tightly knit Pacific Northwest community.

Sandra Brumbaugh

Sandra Brumbaugh

Committee Development

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.