Meet our team
Our dedicated, hardworking, and creative staff members make our programs possible every single day. Our main office line is 253-237-3535.
Herman Calzadillas, PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Herman joined the Washington Business Week team in 2010. He developed the WBW programs Manufacturing Week (’10), Energy Week (’11), and Agri-Business Week (‘12). Herman holds a Bachelor of Arts (’97) from Washington State University and Masters of Education (’03) from the University of Washington. Herman has held various positions of educational promotion, program development, and leadership in higher education since 1996. His recent employment history includes twelve years at Lake Washington Institute of Technology as Director of International Programs and Outreach. Herman is married and has three children.
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Sara Chervin, VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
Sara joined Washington Business Week in 2017. She has worked in development roles for Susan G. Komen, Special Olympics and many Jewish organizations throughout the country. Sara earned her Masters of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and her Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College in 1996. She has served as a field instructor for MSW candidates from both University of Washington and University of Southern California. Sara has also been an active leader and participant in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program for six seasons. Outside work she enjoys her two English Springer Spaniels.
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Emily Garrett, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Emily joined Washington Business Week in 2017. She is passionate about innovative approaches to education, and using data and metrics to drive success. Most recently Emily worked in digital advertising and data analytics at Amazon. Prior to that she managed the Corporate Work Study Department at Cristo Rey Brooklyn High school in Brooklyn, New York. Emily earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University, and she is currently completing her MBA in the evening program at the Foster School of Business, class of 2018.
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Tom Nixon, PROGRAM MANAGER / ITALY AND WASHINGTON STATE
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Sonila Artani, PROGRAM MANAGER
Sonila joined Washington Business Week in 2017. She is passionate about providing leadership and development opportunities to high school students through education, exposure, and access. She comes from Houston, TX, where she worked at Genesys Works to help connect underserved students with professional skills training and corporate internship opportunities. Most recently, Sonila worked locally for the YMCA of Greater Seattle as a Member and Volunteer Engagement Director, which allowed her to engage individuals of all backgrounds in the Y’s mission. Sonila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston. In her free time, Sonila enjoys traveling with friends and being a foodie.
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Kari Quaas, MARKETING/PUBLIC RELATIONS
Kari runs Three Cats Freelance, and is helping Washington Business Week with their marketing, social media, and PR efforts. She is a Washington Business Week graduate from 1989, and she rekindled her love of the program in 2007 at a job fair where she met then Executive Director, Steve Hyer. She joined the WBW Board of Directors in 2008, and was an active participant through 2016 as Board Secretary and Breakfast Committee Co-Chair. She is happy to be back supporting an organization she wholeheartedly loves.
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