Board and Staff

Bob Sittig

President

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.

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.

Saundra Whittemore

Secretary

Saundra has worked with youth and families since 1989 and currently works with kids and families in home and community settings through Wonderland Developmental Center. She lived aboard a boat when first moving to Seattle and loves the beautiful Pacific Northwest more than any of the places she has lived worldwide. Saundra’s passion for supporting DH and QSA youth shines through in her interactions with the youth and as she serves on the board of Diverse Harmony.

Bryant Vehrs

Treasurer

Bryant attended the MA Psychology program at the College of William and Mary followed by the Clinical Psychology PhD program at University of Colorado, then a Psychology Internship with the University of Washington Medical School. Bryan worked with the Adolescent Clinic to facilitate the Gay and Lesbian Rap Group, the Gay and Lesbian Youth Association, and assisted with establishing Lambert House, and served as a board member of Ingersoll Gender Center. From early 1984 to 2009, Bryant was also a singer with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and witnessed the founding and initial successes of Diverse Harmony.

Daneil Newcomb

Board and Choir Member

Daneil is a social services provider for youth and young adults in the Seattle Area. Their work focuses on empowering young people and assisting multiply marginalized folks in getting their needs met. Daneil has been with Diverse Harmony for ten years, first as a singer and now as a member of the Board of Directors. Outside of the social justice sphere, they enjoy making music, reading, baking, and building community.

Devin Mack

Chorus Manager

Having joined as a singer in 2012, Devin is a long-standing DH alumnus who signed on as the chorus manager in 2016. They affectionately refer to their role as “part paperwork warden, part snack fairy, part cat herder, part community advocate, part shoulder to cry on.” When they’re not helping the soprano section, they can be found knitting, painting, playing games, making memes, and hanging out with their assistance cat Jiji.

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.

Kate Janzen

Accompanist

Kate Janzen, has been working in the field of music since the age of 17, when her first job was accompanying a local community choir. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Sacramento State’s School of Music –with a double focus in Jazz Studies/Arranging and Theory & Composition. She is currently one of the music directors with Studio East, the choir director at Seattle Waldorf High School and Seattle Country Day after-school program, the accompanist for Diverse Harmony, Backstage Dance Studio, Meridian School, Bush School, and O’Dea High, plays for local churches, teaches private voice/piano/theory, and is now beginning to work on her first full length musical and a choir warm-up book.

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