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.
Su-Moon Paik, Treasurer
Su-Moon is a business consultant with a private practice based in San Francisco. She is a former President of the SF Day School Board, former board member of Lick-Wilmerding High School and former governor of the Boys & Girls Clubs of SF, where she was the chair of the Board Governance Committee. Her education background includes a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University.
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.

Mark Jackson,
Mark is the General Partner of Peak Partners. He and his wife Patty have a 20-year old son who has autism. Mark is a past Board President of Sweetwater Spectrum and the inaugural recipient of their Leadership Award. He serves on the Board of the Cedars of Marin, the Coordinating Council of the CA Senate Select Committee on Autism, the Marin Autism Collaborative, and is a founding member of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mark holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
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. 
Jim Rogers
Jim was employed by the California Department of Developmental Services in various capacities for 27
years—including serving as CEO of Sonoma Developmental Center and Assistant Deputy Director at the Department’s Sacramento Headquarters. He has also been involved in opening new and closing state facilities. The California State Senate and Assembly respectively have acknowledged him for devotion to serving and empowering people with intellectual disabilities. Jim is a resident of the City of Sonoma and is presently on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. Jim’s education includes a BS from San Francisco State University.

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.