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.

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.

Daneil Newcomb


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.

Bryant Vehrs


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.

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 NARAL 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.