Dear Friend of Harmony Hill,

It is with great excitement and gratitude that I let you know I’ve been invited to be the Executive Director at Harmony Hill. Many years ago I participated in a program that met at Harmony Hill every few months for more than a year. Within moments of stepping on this property I knew this was sacred ground. It is a dream come true to be able to come here each day to steward and move forward this beautiful environment and life-changing mission.

I’ve been involved in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Much of that was in the role of Executive Director for 3 organizations;

  • FareStart (job and life skills training in the food service industry for homeless adults)
  • Washington CASH (microenterprise training and micro lending for low-income adults)
  • Jubilee Women’s Center (housing and services to move homeless women out of poverty)

In every organization the core work has always been about transformation; working through self-limiting beliefs, healing the pain from trauma, finding hope, and living an inspired life. Harmony Hill is an environment designed and centered on that personal transformation. Additionally, after receiving my Masters in Nonprofit Leadership, I spent years as a consultant working with organizations to:

  • Grow boards of directors
  • Strengthen financial management
  • Increase fundraising
  • Clarify and track outcome measures
  • Develop social enterprise businesses

After receiving my Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University I taught nonprofit strategic planning as an adjunct professor for 6 years. Prior to my time in the nonprofit sector I spent the first part of my working life in the hospitality industry, including as a small business owner with a custom cake company and catering company. I am also a breast cancer survivor. Getting cancer is a life changing experience. Harmony Hill is such a gift to people going through this experience; to process, re-frame, and embrace their new reality of life.

I hope you can see that my path in life, as an Executive Director, managing housing, working in the hospitality industry, developing social enterprise businesses and having personal experience with cancer all contribute to my personal alignment with Harmony Hill. I’m grateful for the strong, heart-centered mission that has been built here in the past and joyful about leading this amazing organization into the future. Please feel free to reach out and connect with your ideas, feedback, interests, and concerns. I look forward to meeting you! For those coming to our fundraising gala on August 24 th , (we still have seats available), please be sure and say hello.

Cheryl Sesnon
Executive Director, Harmony Hill