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Our People2019-06-27T12:21:24-07:00

KIT EVANS

Interim Executive Director

This is Kit’s second Interim ED  position since her retirement from Hilltop Artists in Tacoma in 2017. Previously she served for 10 months at Tacoma Symphony,  and joined Harmony Hill in March of 2019. Kit has been an executive director and consultant for non-profits for over 40 years. While creating organizations, developing programs and advocating on issues of social justice, education and health, she has also raised over 22 million dollars for programs and facilities—including domestic violence shelters, sexual assault centers, AIDS housing, Aids hospice and the arts. Kit received her BA from the Evergreen State College and her  MA from Antioch Seattle. She is currently an Ambassador for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation,  a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum; and  a member of Tacoma’s Rotary 8.

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GRETCHEN SCHODDE, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, NC-BC

Founder & Executive Director Emerita / Integrative Nurse Coach

Gretchen Schodde, MN, ARNP, FNP-BC, NC-BC is the Founder and Executive Director Emerita of Harmony Hill Retreat Center. After attending a retreat at St. Andrew’s House in 1985, Gretchen decided to open a small retreat center and wellness community on the adjacent property now known as Harmony Hill. In 1994, she founded the Harmony Hill Cancer Program, still the best known program offered at Harmony Hill. Gretchen has been part of almost every Cancer Program workshop and retreat at Harmony Hill, helping to facilitate thousands of individuals through their cancer journey.

Gretchen is a family nurse practitioner, a former University of Washington Assistant Professor, and one of the first nurse practitioners in the State of Washington. She is a board certified Integrative Nurse Coach, an Associate faculty for the Integrative Nurse Coach Association, and also co-facilitates retreats on the sacred Isle of Iona in Scotland. She has received numerous awards for her life’s work, including being inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association’s “Hall of Fame,” Distinguished Career and Transformational Pioneer by NWONE— the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, the Humanitarian Award from the University of Washington School of Nursing and in 2015 the Washington State Medal of Merit. Gretchen has a life-long commitment to all aspects of health and well-being, loves to garden, cook, and read; and enjoys music in her spare time.

Leadership Team

LUPE PELAYO
Director of Administrative Services  Email

VICTRINIA RIDGEWAY
Program Manager Email 

ROSIE JACOT
Guest Services Coordinator  Email

JESSIE GREGOR
Chef/Kitchen Manager  Email

Board of Directors

KATHERINE SCHMIDT
President

JANE SHANAMAN GRANUM
Vice President

DEBORAH TAYLOR
Secretary

STEVEN A. FINLEY
Treasurer

PAM HANSON

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