Board and Staff

Bob Sittig


Bob Sittig is the retired administrator of Seattle First Baptist Church. As a result of his association with the church, he has watched Diverse Harmony grow since its inception as the chorus has rehearsed at that facility throughout its existence. A retired Mechanical Engineer he spent his career in industrial process machinery design and corporate management. As a father of three and a grandfather of seven, Bob has an appreciation for the struggles young folks face in today’s fast pace environment and he feels that Diverse Harmony plays an essential part in providing a safe and encouraging place for those who can’t find it elsewhere.

Read Bob’s Open Letters to the Community

Steve Walker

Vice President

Steve Walker is the Vice President of Diverse Harmony. He was formerly the Executive Director of the National Gay Pilots Association and a retired airline pilot. He also served on a commission and was on the Board at Seattle First Baptist Church. He and his husband now live in Palm Springs full time but is still able to return to Seattle to be with his Diverse Harmony family. He is excited to serve our queer youth at Diverse Harmony and help them gain their own identities through the love and sharing of music. As a music “geek” throughout school, music was his primary escape while dealing with his own sexual identity.

Heidi Toppel

Business Manager

Heidi comes to Diverse Harmony as a Companis volunteer. She is a retired CPA and tax attorney. She serves on the boards of Pro-Choice WA, New Dawn Guatemala and the Seattle International District Rotary Club.

J. Allen Leslie

Artistic Director

Allen has been teaching Music in the Shoreline School District for twenty-four years, led choirs as a Music Director, and worked for various churches in the Seattle area including Woodland Park UMC, St Thomas More, Sandpoint UMC and Aldersgate UMC. He received his initial training at the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the school of music, a Bachelor of Arts in education from the school of education and a music endorsement (K-12 Choral) through the UW school of music. He has since earned a master’s degree in curriculum development and an endorsement in public school administration through SPU.  He has two grown sons and a grandson, and this year celebrates twenty years with his husband.

Armand Leslie

Board Member

Armand, originally from Hawaii, has been a local business owner, AVEDA Institute Director, Dean of Education at Gene Juarez Academies, Director of Education for Tint Schools of Makeup & Cosmetology, and currently is serving as the Director of Education for Habitude Salons. He and his husband of 23 years have raised two children and am currently enjoying spending time with their five-year-old grandson.

Armand brings decades of educational leadership and is also currently completing his bachelor’s degree in Management at Antioch University.

Kasey Jahnke

Board Member

Kasey Jahnke is a practicing marriage and family therapist associate with additional training in advanced sex theory and clinical sexology.  She comes to our board with experience teaching at The Early Learning and Development Center in Seattle, as well as Bright Horizons Family Solutions in Everett.  Kasey was an intern at Sound Mental Health, Child and Family Services prior to her present work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

Judith Card

Web Manager

Judith originally came to Diverse Harmony as a Companis placement. She continues working with Diverse Harmony with online maintenance, IT, and in a fund-raising role. She loves working with the group. Judith is a writer, runs a web design business, co-owns both an art business and production company, and was formerly a professional musician.