Doug Saturno, President

Property Owner

Doug was born and raised in Walla Walla and is a fourth generation Walla Wallan. Doug is a retailer, farmer, businessman, property owner and historian. He is married to Malinda and has three boys. He served on the Historic Preservation Commission for 12 years. He was also president of the Kirkman House Museum for 12 years. He is past president of the Walla Walla Historical Auto Club and was a member of the Sesquicentennial Committee. He is presently on the Design Committee for the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and is currently Chairman of the World War II Memorial Committee.


Brenda Williams, Vice President

Owner, Williams Team Homes

unnamed (1)-crop-u14251.jpg

Brenda Williams: Brenda is the principal broker and owner of Williams Team Homes real estate office in downtown Walla Walla, and has a long history of service to the community, serving as a Chamber Ambassador as well as on the YWCA Board of Directors. Brenda also runs a blog, 365 Things To Do In Walla Walla Washington, which features downtown quite frequently!


Mike Charlo, Treasurer

Retired Electric Utility Manager

unnamed (3)-crop-u14279.jpg

Mike was born and raised in the Walla Walla valley. He graduated from Washington State University and worked for the City of Milton-Freewater for 33 years, serving the last 16 years as the electric utility manager. During his career, Mike served as an officer and board and committee member on various electric utility industry organizations, Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce President and Board of Directors member, past president of the Walla Walla Cruisers car club, and co-chairman of the Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend car show. Mike looks forward to working with the other Board members, Downtown Foundation staff and the community volunteers on our many projects.


Jim Barrow

City Council Representative

unnamed (10).jpg

From the beginning, the DWWF has enjoyed a good working relationship with the City. Jim brings both his perspective on the Council and a wealth of professional experience in public planning. We welcome Jim as the Council Liaison.


Jannelle Bruns

Owner, Book and Game

unnamed (13)-crop-u14307.jpg

Jannelle was born and raised in Walla Walla. She moved away for 7 years, long enough to meet her husband and bring him back home to Walla Walla to raise their 3 kids. She started working part-time at Book & Game, Co in 1999 and loved it so much that she, along with her brother, Mike Bruns, and father, Gene Bruns, bought the business in 2003. Jannelle spends her free time reading, running, backpacking and homeschooling her 3 children.


David Grossman

Attorney, Minnick-Hayner

unnamed (2).jpg

David is an attorney with the law firm Minnick-Hayner, where he focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, tax controversy and guardianship matters. He has practiced law for 32 years in Washington, D.C., Seattle and now Walla Walla. David moved to Walla Walla in 2002 from the Seattle area. In the time he has lived here, David has witnessed the resurgence of the downtown area and the emergence of Walla Walla a noted tourist destination. The things that brought David to Walla Walla in the first place – a smaller city with a strong sense of community, and a great place to raise kids – remain one of the most attractive aspects of this community.


Brian Hunt

Publisher of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

unnamed (5).jpg

Brian Hunt was named publisher of Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in May 2015 and, with his wife Carole, moved to Walla Walla from Portland, Oregon. Brian previously published the construction-focused Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, the legal-focused Recorder in San Francisco, and the Idaho Business Review in Boise, Idaho, as well as community and tourism-focused publications in coastal Delaware and Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and has worked in publishing for 25 years. Brian is also an active member of the board of directors for the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce and the Walla Walla United Way. He is in 2016 class of Walla Walla Leadership. Brian works with numerous Valley organizations to improve our communities, our economy and to build equity and opportunity for our Valley’s people.


Mark Kajita

President, Baker Boyer Bank

unnamed (12)-crop-u14349.jpg

Mark is a CPA, financial advisor, and investment manager. In addition, Mark holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Washington. His background includes tax, trust, and estate planning, consulting Fortune 500 companies at Ernst and Young, as well as financial and charitable advising for Whitman College. Mark is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg and CNBC financial television programs.


Patrick McConn

Vice President, Baker Boyer Bank

unnamed (7)-crop-u14363.jpg

Pat was born and raised in Walla Walla and is proud to call it his home. Pat is employed at Baker Boyer Bank as a Vice President and Business Banking Team Leader in the downtown Walla Walla branch. Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Linfield College as well as a degree from the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. Pat believes in the power of community involvement and is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation in order to give back to the community that helped raise him.


John Sasser

Owner, Integrity Design and Copyworks, LLC

unnamed (6).jpg

John was born and raised in Walla Walla and grew up in a family owned business. He worked for 3 years at a local design and print firm before heading to Whitman College for 14 years as the College’s Production Services Manager, and outsource print buyer. Along with his wife Cher, founded Integrity Design and Copyworks in late 2002. They saw a need in the community for a place where businesses could go to get great design, and printing at a fair price. A few years into business Integrity Design expanded into the sign business to better serve thier client needs. Today they have 4 full-time employees at their downtown Walla Walla shop. John has been married for 34 years, has 2 grown children and 5 granddaughters.


Abigail Schwerin

Owner, Sapolil Cellars

unnamed (4).jpg

3rd Generation Walla Walla Farm Girl, born and raised in the Walla Walla Valley, Abigail is a Graduate of Political Science at UW. From there, Abigail worked in State and Federal Politics, then moved into a career of Advertising and Brand Building until her return to our Valley in 2007. Currently she is an owner of Sapolil Cellars, a Winery, Nightclub and Eatery In Downtown Walla Walla.


Paul H. Schneidmiller, Secretary

Owner, World Wide Travel Service

unnamed.jpg

Paul owns and operates World Wide Travel Service in Downtown Walla Walla. He was born and raised in Walla Walla and is a graduate of the University of Washington. Paul has been actively involved in many community activities and recently completed 13 years of service as a Port Commissioner for the Port of Walla Walla. During that time, he also served as a board member and President of the Washington Public Ports Association. Currently, Paul isco-chairing the Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force. Paul's wife Jody, works along with him at the travel agency and is an RN, who also teaches CPR and First Aid. They have four grown daughters (Heidi, Holly, Hilary, and Haley) and three grand dogs (still waiting for a grandchild).