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Our Mission

The Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation’s mission is to bridge solutions for the growth of the hospitality industry through training and education.

Feeding Dreams. Building Futures.

We play an integral role in the future of our industry. Along with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation we have developed and support ProStart®, a restaurant management and culinary training program in over 30 high schools throughout Washington.

Meeting the Educational Needs of the Industry

We sponsor ongoing training featuring topics specifically tailored to restaurants. Our programs include ServSafe Manager, ServSafe Alcohol, ServSafe Allergen, Allergy Safe Certification and Workplace Safety as well as providing resources to other training needs and options.

The Education Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

9 in 10: managers started at entry level
More than 1/3 of Washington restaurants are owned by minorities
Hospitality is part of the fabric of American- A QUARTER of our workforce were born outside the United States
For every year a person works in their teens, their income rises 14 to 16 percent in their 20s.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chair: Jacque Farrell - Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza
Vice Chair: David Watkins - Inn at the Market
Treasurer: Jeff Morgan - Hop Jack’s LLC


Shawn Garner - Charlie’s Produce
Keith Lusk - SYSCO
Nick Musser - Bargreen Ellingson
Jake Applegarth - ECOLAB

State Agencies

Josie Bryan - Dept. of Labor & Industries Child Labor Specialist, Emp. Standards
Mary Nagel - FCSE/CTE, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction


Kristen Nannery - Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant
Patrick Yearout - Ivar’s Restaurants
Bob Cramer - Daniel’s Broiler
Sanjay Mahajan - Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown Seattle
Preena Patel - Holiday Inn Express Pasco
Jim Haupt - Hotel Bellwether
Carrie Finlon - KFC/Northwest Restaurant, Inc.


Roger Knapp - Bates Technical College, Culinary Arts Instructor
Joanie Pringle-Jones - Mt. Spokane High School
Susan Grant - Seattle Public Schools