Sweetwater Spectrum Staff
Deirdre Sheerin, CEO/Executive Director
Deirdre Sheerin, MA joined the Sweetwater Spectrum team as CEO/Executive Director in July 2011. Deirdre is a teacher, an artist, a marathon runner and leader of wilderness trips. Ms. Sheerin began her career as a special education teacher and taught in private and public schools in Missouri, New York, Massachusetts and California. She has worked in classrooms teaching children with autism, developmental and learning disabilities as well as at-risk adolescents. She has since held executive positions at a number of non-profit organizations, including Zonta Services, a pioneering school serving children with autism in San Jose. In her current role as CEO and ten-year resident of Sonoma, she will work to create opportunities for those living at Sweetwater to have access to interesting activities at home and in their community whether through jobs, volunteer opportunities or the area farmers' markets.
Deirdre holds a Master's of Arts Degree in Special Education from New York University and an MA in Organizational Development from Sonoma State University.
Rachel Kohn Obut, Farm Manager
Rachel Kohn Obut has been consulting with
Sweetwater Spectrum since spring
2011 and has been instrumental in the planning and establishment of its 1.2 acre Urban Farm. Since graduating from Oberlin College in 2005 with a BA in Neuroscience, Rachel has had a deep passion for farming.
After traveling around the country working on different farms to "learn by doing", she settled in Sonoma, co-founding Lunita Farm in 2010. When not
gardening, Rachel enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, good food, playing with her dog, Leo, and dabbling in crafts.
In July of 2013, she came onto the Sweetwater Spectrum team full-time. In her role as Farm Manager, Rachel will develop opportunities for resident and volunteer involvement as part of Sweetwater Spectrum's Community Enrichment Activities as well as managing all aspects of the environmentally sustainable Urban Farm, including a Saturday farm stand on the Spain Street side of Sweetwater Spectrum.