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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: Jeff Morgan – Hops n Drops LLC
Vice Chair: David Watkins – Inn at the Market
Treasurer: Shawn Garner – Charlie’s Produce


John Klein – Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits
Nick Musser – Bargreen Ellingson

State Agencies

Josie Bryan – Dept. of Labor & Industries Child Labor Specialist, Emp. Standards


Jacque Farrell – Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza
Carrie Finlon – KFC/Northwest Restaurant, Inc.
Sanjay Mahajan – Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown Seattle
Brian Moreno – McDonald’s WA St Operators Association
Jeff Morgan – Hops n Drops LLC
Preena Patel – Holiday Inn Express Pasco
David Porter – Ilani Casino Resort
Siemon Slagter – Tom Douglas Restaurants
Shawn Walker – 360 Hotel Group
Patrick Yearout – Ivar’s Restaurants


Kahale Ahina – Bonney Lake High School

Aimee LePage – Seattle Central College – Seattle Culinary Academy