An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism

Our Mission

To provide adults with autism an innovative, supportive residential community that challenges each individual to reach his or her highest potential.

Sweetwater Spectrum
369 Fifth Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476, U.S.A.

Board of Directors

Sweetwater Spectrum is governed by a Board of Directors that includes:

Carolyn Klebanoff, President 
Carolyn is a physician practicing in Berkeley.  She and her husband Fred Cohen have an 18-year old daughter with autism. Carolyn is a former board member of Behavioral Intervention Associates, JumpStart Learning to Learn and the Little School.  Her education background includes a BA from Yale and an MD from UCSF.
Jenifer Hartwell, Secretary 
Jenifer is Managing Partner of the Hartwell Group, LLC, an executive search firm. Jenifer has lead searches for a variety of clients including  Visa, Lucasfilm Ltd., Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank and Disney.  She received her BS degree from Florida State University.  She has been involved in fundraising for Mill Valley public schools for several years and is a board member for nonprofits, including San Francisco MOMA's Contemporary Extension and San Francisco Symphonies Symphonix.
Yves de Balmann, Treasurer
Yves is a recently retired executive from a 40-year career in the financial services industry. Over the years, Yves has been an avid marathon runner and participated in multiple fundraising causes connected to the New York City Marathon, including the Leukemia Society. He is currently a director of Exelon Corporation, and the non-executive Chairman of Conversant IP Management.Yves received an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University (where he was a Fulbright student), and an Engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He holds a dual citizenship in the United States and France. Yves and his wife Constance have a 37-year-old son with autism, and have recently relocated to Sonoma.
Doug Carlston
Doug is the CEO of Tawala Systems and former Chairman of Broderbund Software. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including Ploughshares Fund,, Tides Advocacy Fund, Nova Science Visiting Council, The Carlston Family Fund and the Albanian American Development Foundation.  Doug has a BA and JD from Harvard and attended the John Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Bret Sackett
Bret has served as the Police Chief for the City of Sonoma since 2007, and is responsible for all aspects of law enforcement services in Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. He has coached youth sports and served on the Programs Committee at the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley. In addition to the Sweetwater Spectrum board of directors, Bret also sits on the boards of Montgomery High School Athletic Booster Club and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. Bret has been a good friend and supporter from the start, and was instrumental in welcoming Sweetwater Spectrum into the Sonoma community. 
Deborah Levy
Debbie is a consultant to nonprofit organizations, having recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lifehouse, which provides supported living skills development and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  She previously served as the Executive Director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern California.  Her present board positions include the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership MarinSpace, and the advisory board to the Special Education Department at Dominican University.  Her education background includes a BA from the University of Michigan and an MSW from the University of California at Berkeley.
Patty Jackson

Patty is President of PB&J Marketing, a consulting firm specializing in toy development, marketing and strategic positioning.  She has held senior positions at Hasbro, Zizzle, Tiger, and Wham-O.   Patty and her husband Mark have a 24 year old son with Autism.   She previously served on the board of The Marin Humane Society, the San Francisco Bay Area “I Have A Dream” Foundation, and recently started with her husband Mark, Extraordinary Ventures of CA (non-profit organization that creates and nurtures self-sustaining small businesses designed around the skills of the young adults with autism and developmental disabilities that serve as its workforce.)   Patty holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and has a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 Jan Erickson 

Jan Erickson is an educational consultant for families and to educational agencies. She recently retired as a special education administrator who served at the district, county, and state levels. In addition to the Sweetwater Board of Directors, Jan is a member of Impact 100, a local philanthropic organization that provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in the Sonoma Valley.  She served as a Board member of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation for nine years, the Rainbow Valley Childcare and Preschool for five years and as a member of the Sonoma County United Way. Her education background includes a BA from Michigan State University, two MA’s from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate from the University of San Francisco.