Fletch Waller retired from the hospitality world in 2005 after having served in executive roles at Marriott Hotels and Resorts and Westin International; founding an international consultancy focused on improving market and competitive effectiveness of clients in Asia, North and South America; and teaching several summers at University Center Cesar Ritz, a Swiss hotel school. Prior to entering the hospitality industry, Fletch served as a marketing officer of General Mills. Fletch grew up in Washington D.C and raised his family in Minneapolis after Hamilton College, Harvard Business School, and the U.S. Army were finished with him. He and Ann Janes‐Waller share five children, nine grandchildren, and one great‐grand. Fletch has served as trustee or director of several not‐for‐profit service and arts orgs, crews with Mt. Baker Rowing Club, fly fishes when time allows, skate skis in winter, hikes in summer, sculpts in stone, and regularly airs opinions in a speakers club and on his blog, Northwest Ruminations. He and Ann are active supporters of jazz and chamber music, theatre and opera. Fletch has served Pratt previously as trustee, secretary, and chair of the Governance Committee; he has continued to serve as a volunteer on the marketing and finance committees.
Jennifer started her career as a journalism college graduate working at newspapers in Boston. A decade in, she changed disciplines and earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering at the University of Washington and later founded the local software development firm, Iota Ink. Over the years, she has visited more than 25 countries, including throughout Africa and Europe. Today she sticks closer to home in Seattle. Jennifer combines a desire to understand our world with a deep appreciation for art and has taken numerous screen printing and letterpress classes at Pratt over the years.
Damien Villarreal’s resume blends an intimate knowledge of the fine art world with rich legal experience in social justice advocacy and intellectual property. Damien began working at artist Dale Chihuly’s Seattle studio in 2002 and, spanning more than a decade, this experience provided Damien with a deep understanding of the myriad opportunities and challenges facing modern‐day working artists. Upon obtaining his B.A. from the University of Washington, Damien spent time traveling throughout Southern Mexico and Central America. As a Spanish‐speaker and a descendant of Mexican immigrants, that trip allowed him to directly confront many of the obstacles facing workers, and their families, who make their way to United States in search of a better life. He subsequently obtained a Juris Doctor from Seattle University School of Law, and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2016. Since then, Damien’s legal practice has focused on employment, labor and immigration law, with continued advocacy work as a pro bono immigration attorney. Damien is a deeply committed to both reading and traveling. Most recently he spent seven weeks in Eastern Europe researching the historical connection between the Balkan countries and the advent of World War One. Damien welcomes, with open arms, any and all discussions involving books or travel.
Sarah Shaikh is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. Sarah holds a BSBA from Drake University (2004), a MAcc from Ohio State University (2005) and a PhD from University of Arizona (2015).