Executive Committee

  • Sophia Nguyen

    Sophia Nguyen

    President

    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/Administration

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

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  • Katy Clark

    Katy Clark

    VP/Development

    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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  • Stephanie Poliakoff

    Stephanie Poliakoff

    Secretary

  • Christa Jansen

    Christa Jansen

    Treasurer

  • Cheri Bargen

    Cheri Bargen

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    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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  • Stephanie Deshaies

    Stephanie Deshaies

    Executive Advisor

    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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Board of Directors

  • Katy Clark

    Katy Clark

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    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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  • 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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  • Sandra Brumbaugh

    Sandra Brumbaugh

    Scholarship

    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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  • Ginny Combs

    Ginny Combs

    Membership

    1. The last book I read was, Puppy Primer. HA !!!!!!!!! go ahead ask me about my puppy when we meet !!!! You might be sorry…

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  • Kelli Groh

    Kelli Groh

    Programming

  • Randa Morgan

    Randa Morgan

    Fundraising

  • Pilar Alfaro

    Pilar Alfaro

    Hospitality

  • Crystal Higgins

    Marketing

Committee Chair

  • 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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  • Cara Rude

    Cara Rude

    Sustainable Hospitality

  • Erica Albertson

    Erica Albertson

    Chair/Scholarship

  • Wendy Mohr

    Wendy Mohr

    Chair/Programming

  • Brad Criswell

    Brad Criswell

    Hospitality

  • Kendra  Fremont

    Kendra Fremont

    Hospitality

  • Erin Weiner

    Erin Weiner

    Public Relations

  • Katy Kennedy

    Katy Kennedy

    Publications

  • Mackenzie Nix

    Mackenzie Nix

    Internet Communications

  • Denise Durrell Aubin

    Denise Durrell Aubin

    Community Service

  • Marit Jensen

    Marit Jensen

    Community Service

  • Angela Liu

    Angela Liu

    Strategic Alliances

  • Dena Yamaguchi

    Dena Yamaguchi

    Strategic Alliances

  • Karol Hauch

    Karol Hauch

    Strategic Planning

    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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  • Gabrielle Diebner

    Gabrielle Diebner

    Student Representative

  • My Nguyen

    My Nguyen

    Committee Development

Sophia Nguyen

Sophia Nguyen

President

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/Administration

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.

Katy Clark

Katy Clark

VP/Development

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.

Cheri Bargen

Cheri Bargen

Past President/Parliamentarian

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!

Stephanie Deshaies

Stephanie Deshaies

Executive Advisor

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

Katy Clark

Katy Clark

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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.

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.

Sandra Brumbaugh

Sandra Brumbaugh

Scholarship

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.

Ginny Combs

Ginny Combs

Membership

1. The last book I read was, Puppy Primer. HA !!!!!!!!! go ahead ask me about my puppy when we meet !!!! You might be sorry but, it will make my day.

2. One day I might be living on the beach in Mexico calling a Sprinter van home sweet home while relaxing under my living room tent enjoying the ocean and drinking a margarita.

3. Most people do not know that if I was born a boy my parents were going to name me Bill for the Bilge pump on a sailboat.

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.

Karol Hauch

Karol Hauch

Strategic Planning

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.