Executive Committee

  • Kathryn (Katy) Clark

    Kathryn (Katy) 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • Matthew Spenny

    Matthew Spenny

    Director/Membership

    Matthew Spenny, your NW Chapter Director of Membership. Native to Seattle and many years working and networking in the hos…

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  • Denise Durrell Aubin

    Denise Durrell Aubin

    Director/Programming

  • Allison Robinson

    Allison Robinson

    Director/Fundraising

Committee Chair

  • Amanda Razmus

    Amanda Razmus

    Chair/Strategic Alliances

  • Jamie Hysell

    Jamie Hysell

    Chair/Public Relations

  • 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 (Katy) Clark

Kathryn (Katy) 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.

Matthew Spenny

Matthew Spenny

Director/Membership

Matthew Spenny, your NW Chapter Director of Membership.

Native to Seattle and many years working and networking in the hospitality industry. As a true Northwesterner, he can usually be found somewhere outdoors camping, SCUBA diving, kayaking, snowboarding or beachcombing with his 6 year old daughter.

A passion for making music and inventing delicious vegan cuisine bring him back indoors when it’s too rainy.

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.