Meet our team


Cheryl Sesnon Executive Director

Cheryl is dedicated to helping people find a pathway out of hopelessness and into lives of possibility and fulfillment. Life challenges in Cheryl’s own personal history created a calling to work in the nonprofit sector. She cherishes the opportunity to guide women toward a new path in life, as people did for her when she needed it.

Cheryl has a masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Prior to coming to Jubilee, she served as the Executive Director of Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help), a micro-finance and micro-enterprise training organization. From 1994 to 2000, Cheryl acted as the Executive Director of FareStart, a job training program for homeless men and women. Cheryl then spent several years as a consultant and trainer for nonprofits and served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University before joining Jubilee in 2010.

In 2009, Cheryl received the Aubrey Davis Award for Progressive Leadership. In 2010, she received the Small Business Administration award for “Home-Based Business Champion of the Year,” both for Washington State and the four-state region. In 2012, Cheryl was recognized with the “More Than Words” award from Harlequin Publishing, a national award honoring ordinary women making extraordinary contributions to their communities. In 2014, Seattle University honored her with a “Lead, Ignite Award.” In 2016, Cheryl was awarded the Seattle University “Community Service Alumni Award” in recognition of her exceptional service and leadership in the community. Also in 2016, US Senator Patty Murray presented Cheryl with a “Golden Tennis Shoe Award” which celebrates people who have made extraordinary accomplishments in service of others.

In addition, Cheryl has served on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier and as a volunteer with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos where she taught leadership seminars for directors of orphanages in Central America.


Norma Addis
Data and Evaluations Manager


Irina Bobrik
Care Manager


Nathan Gifford
Facilities Coordinator


Marie Girard
Care Manager


Matt Lewison
Operations Director


Elizabeth Mather
House Coordinator


Francoise Maxie
Finance Manager


Angie Muthee
Development Director


Aura Payne
Volunteer Services Manager


Carol Rozumalski, MSW, MEd
Occupancy Administrator & Care Manager


Dani Turk
Employment & Education Manager


Board of Directors

Jubilee’s Board of Directors is made up of highly dedicated volunteers who act as the governing body of the organization. The board’s principal responsibilities include long-term planning, fundraising, financial oversight, executive supervision, and advocacy.

For information about joining the Jubilee Board of Directors please contact us.

Joe Krukowski, President
Waste Management

Jen Engles-Klann, Vice President
The Derschang Group

Sean Maygra, Treasurer
BDO Financial Group

Kate Opatz, Secretary
Montana & Nacho Burracho
Daysha Carter

Chero Chuma, CSJP
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

Judith Desmarais, SP
Sisters of Providence

Jennifer Hall
Sisters of Providence

Georgene Karambelas
Community Volunteer
Shari McClure
UW Medicine

Paul Neutz

Nancy O’Brien
Community Volunteer

Marilyn Sherron

Cecilia Zapata-Harms
CZH Global Leadership

Associate Board

Jubilee’s Associate Board is made up of young professionals dedicated to fundraising, expanding networks, and stewarding the mission of Jubilee through creative outreach and connections. For information about joining the Jubilee Associate Board, please contact us.

Kate Opatz

Nandi Butcher

Courtney Schwartz

Kelly Hostetler

Monica Armstrong

Lorraine Anderson

Leslie Andrews

Alicia Annamalay
Shibani Das

Rachael Dlugolecki

Kelly Hostetler

Edna Kalinko

Rachel Marshall

Cara McGree

Katie Rankin

Ashley Rodriguez
Courtney Schwartz

Erica Strehl

Zoë True

Chika Uchendu

Rosemary Verba Mauer

Jena Wylie

Rachel Zaccaro

See our history

How we got here

Seattle in the early 1980s was in the midst of a housing crisis. Federal cuts to subsidized housing, the deinstitutionalization of mental health, and downtown revitalization overwhelmed the city with “displaced” people.

At the time, three Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace were working in a local shelter. After watching women move in and out repeatedly, they devised a different program to break the cycle of homelessness.

Jubilee Women’s Center opened in a former Capitol Hill convent in the fall of 1983, named for the Sisters’ 100th “Jubilee” anniversary, also in 1983. Believed to be Seattle’s first transitional home for women, Jubilee offered residents a supportive housing community in which to heal from crisis and domestic abuse and get back on their feet. With an 18-month program—much longer than the typical three-month emergency shelter stay—women had more time to stabilize and work toward independence.

During the next three decades, Jubilee continued to adjust its programs and services in response to the changing needs of clients and community. Jubilee became an independent 501(c)(3), ramped up private fundraising efforts, and added Seattle’s first learning and technology center dedicated to homeless women. Jubilee also renovated facilities, moved to a holistic model of care, and acquired two additional residences, including a former ministry of the Sisters of Providence, which was gifted to Jubilee in 2014. A fourth residence will open in 2019, dedicated to program graduates.

Today, Jubilee’s program serves approximately 60 women each year with affordable community housing, holistic support services, on-site care managers, and a focus on employment preparation to advance each woman on her path out of poverty with a living-wage job and a home of her own. Jubilee serves an additional 2,000 low-income women with free referrals, job and life skills classes, clothing boutique, and computer lab.

Watch a video about the history of Jubilee.

Career opportunities

With a talented staff dedicated to impacting homelessness and empowering women to rebuild their lives, employment at Jubilee is a great opportunity to work toward something that truly matters.

Jubilee has no open positions at this time. Please check back or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter to be the first to know when we are hiring again.

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