An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism

“Sweetwater is pioneering a model that families all over the U.S. will want to see and learn from: A carefully considered residential live and work community reflecting great sensitivity towards personal needs of residents and their families and an intelligent application of learning and growth. Its homes, programs and community integration will support and enhance its residents’ quality of life and independence.”

Bryna Siegel, Ph.D.
Director, Autism Clinic, UCSF

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

Advisory Board

The work of Sweetwater’s Board and the creation of the model is augmented by the efforts of an Advisory Board that includes:

Fred Cohen, M.D.—Dr. Cohen is a partner at TPG, a private equity firm where he serves as co-head of the biotechnology group. He is also a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the UC- San Francisco. Dr. Cohen is a director of Matrix Laboratories Limited and Quintiles Transnational. He holds a BS in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, a D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics from Oxford University and an MD from Stanford University.

Mark Jackson-- Mark is the Managing Partner of Peak Partners, LLC, a real estate investment and consulting firm.  Among its businesses, the company acts as a consultant to families looking to find homes and employment for their adult children with disabilities.  He is the past Board President of Sweetwater Spectrum and the current Board President of Extraordinary Ventures of California which creates business enterprises to employ adults with developmental disabilities.  Mark served on the Coordinating Council of the CA Senate Select Committee on Autism, the Board of the Cedars of Marin, the Transition Committee of 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.  He is the parent of an exceptional 25-year old man with autism.
Laura Fisher—Laura works on education related issues and serves on the boards of Leadership Public School, KIPP Bay Area and Urban High School as well as advisory boards for the Philanthropy-Civil Society at Stanford University and the Center for Civic Engagement of Lick Wilmerding High School. She has also served on the boards of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and Stanford’s School of Education.  Laura holds a BS from Stanford University.
Kathy Hormel

Kathy is a member of the board of the HUT Foundation, which funds programs for autism.  She has four nephews/nieces with autism.  She is a past board member of Sweetwater Spectrum, the Little School, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, AcroSports and the San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center.  Kathy attended the University of Los Angeles.  

Andy Mathieson—Andy is the Founder and Managing Member of Fairview Capital Investment Management, LLC.  Prior to starting Fairview, Andy was a Principal at Ashfield & Co, Inc. He earned his BS from Yale University and his MBA from Stanford University.  Andy is a Trustee of the Branson School in Ross, California. He also serves on the Board of DiCon Fiberoptics, a private Richmond California-based manufacturer of passive optical component modules and test instruments.

Ann Mathieson—Ann is the current Board Chairman of the Marin Community Foundation and a board member since 2005.  She served on the Kentfield School Board for eight years and has been active in numerous other educational activities. She was the co-founder of the San Francisco chapter of the “I Have a Dream“ Foundation. She received her bachelor's degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Stanford University.  Her background is in marketing.

Diane Provo—Diane is the principal of Provo & Associates which provides professional, current and relevant guidance and counseling to parents and educators. She brings more than 35 years of intensive child development experience to her clients. Diane creates and develops comprehensive programs for children with autism and ADD.  She has a BA degree in Psychology and an MS degree in Education, with an emphasis in Special Education.

Dr. Bryna Siegel—Dr. Siegel is a developmental psychologist, and adjunct professor in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and director of its’ Autism Clinic.  As a developmental psychologist specializing in developmental disabilities, she has worked with families of children with autism for the past 25 years.  She has a PhD in Child Development from Stanford University.

Dr. Marjorie Solomon—Dr. Solomon is a licensed psychologist at the UC Davis MIND Institute whose primary clinical work is focused on high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She holds a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a PhD. in Personality and Social Psychology from UC Berkeley.