Kory Stradinger-Executive Director
Kory Stradinger joined the
Sweetwater Leadership team in May 2016 as Executive Director. Kory brings a wealth of non-profit and
for-profit experience to his new role.
most recent position was Chief Operating Officer of Becoming Independent (BI),
where he focused on making important functional improvements over the last
three years. He was instrumental in starting BI’s Autism Center and was an
enthusiastic champion for the possibilities of this new service.
taking his skills to the non-profit sector, Kory’s career included 20 years in
strategic planning, operational and financial roles for both corporate and
start-up organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in Europe.
earned his MBA in Finance from U.C. Davis and a BA in Communications from CSU,
Chico. He moved to the town of Sonoma in
2012 and is active in the local community.
One of his priorities is
increasing Sweetwater’s visibility and integration into the Sonoma Valley community
to fulfill our mission of Life with Purpose, including developing new work and
volunteer opportunities for our residents, and increasing opportunities for
community members at Sweetwater.
Suzanne Phillips- Enrichment Activity and Volunteer Coordinator
followed the evolution of Sweetwater Spectrum from an empty field to the thriving
residential community it is today. With
the goal of promoting life and work with purpose, Suzanne plans individual and
group activities, seeks out opportunities for residents to get involved with
the greater community, and produces Life
at Sweetwater, a bi-monthly communication. By integrating volunteers into the Sweetwater Spectrum community, Suzanne helps residents find new ways to engage with the community and explore their unique interests. Suzanne holds a BFA
in Drawing & Painting and Art Education Certification, as well as a Masters
and Ed. Specialist degree in Curriculum and Leadership from William Woods
University, Fulton, Missouri.
Jenna Garver- Administration and Special Projects
Jenna has been an intergal part of the Sweetwater team for the past year; her focus has been on office administration and a variety of special projects designed to
support Life With Purpose at
Jenna comes to us with a varied professional background
including retail and sales as well as a commitment to non-profits such as
Hospice of Petaluma. She holds a BS in
Business Administration/Marketing from Sonoma State University and is a
certified Holistic Nutritionist.
Jenna is a yoga enthusiast, food and wine aficionada and
lover of nature and is expecting her first child in November!
Luke Carneal- Farm Manager
Luke joined the Sweetwater Spectrum team in the Spring of 2015 to apply his skills, knowledge, and excitement to the management of the on-site farm. During undergrad and after graduating from Connecticut College in 2013, Luke has worked at a number of diverse small-scale sustainable farms where he learned the art of agriculture through hands-on involvement. Besides his passion for manual farm work, Luke loves to teach others about farming and is excited to be able to work side by side with residents of Sweetwater. Luke cannot wait to oversee the continued growth and development of the farm into a setting where residents, volunteers, and anyone who is enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture can come together to share in the love of gardening.
Chris Hoover- Maintenance Manager
Chris has been overseeing the maintenance and facilities for Sweetwater
since 2013 after being an independent contractor for many years. He is our “go to” person on campus and is
eager to help in any way he can. When
not at work, you can find Chris riding his Harley up the coast.