Cessna has lived in the Napa Valley since 1977 and has been practicing real estate since 1999. She started her career with Pacific Union Residential Brokerage in Mill Valley and joined Up Valley Real Estate in St. Helena in 2000 and later became one of the youngest brokers in Napa County. Cessna grew up in St. Helena, graduating from St. Helena High School before attending the University of Nevada, Reno.
In 2004, the previous owner of Up Valley Real Estate, sold the company to Cessna. She was the managing Broker for ten agents. During this time, she became the featured Broker of the Napa Valley Insights newsletter, a publication that educates on real estate topics, connections within the community and emerging trends in the business.
In 2010, Cessna merged Up Valley Real Estate with Heritage Sotheby's International Realty and became a Broker Associate so she could focus more of her time with her son.
In 2012, she joined 38 Spatial and 38 Real Estate, the only combined architecture and real estate firm in the valley. She was the managing Broker for two years before returning full circle to Pacific Union Real Estate in St. Helena in 2014.
Cessna is a member of the St. Helena and Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, Adopt a Highway, supporter and contributor of the Saints "Booster" Athletics Association and St. Helena Schools, Women's Emergency Service in Napa, the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Humane Society, Sunrise Stables and the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.