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.

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.

  Jan Erickson, Secretary

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.  She also has been an instructor at Chapman and Argosty universities. Currently, Jan serves as a mentor to eight eighth grade girls at Altimira Middle School. 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. While employed in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, Jan joined business leaders and co-founded the Business Education Roundtable. 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.
 Ken Cheitlin
Ken, the newest member of the Board, attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, graduating in 1978 with a BA with Honors in History. Ken then attended UCLA School of Law and was admitted to practice law in California as well as several federal district courts that same year. His initial practice was as a litigator with the Los Angeles and then San Francisco offices of McKenna, Conner & Cuneo. In 2000, Ken became a “recovering” attorney and took a position as a member of the senior administration of Prospect Sierra School, a nonprofit school in El Cerrito, CA. Ken held the position of Director of Development for seven years, during which time the annual fund increased in size and ran a successful capital campaign and obtained bond financing that enabled the school to complete major building projects Ken has been married to Betsey for 35 years and we have three children and enjoy living a bicoastal life.
 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. 

 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
Matthew Tippell  
With over two decades of experience, and a long family tradition in the homebuilding and land development industries, Matthew owns and manages Maximilian Development Company. Matthew studied construction management and urban planning at the University of California Irvine. He is a former member of the California Building Industry Association and the regional Builders Industry Association.  Additionally, Matthew is the past Chairman for the Community Development Advisory Committee in Napa, the City of Sonoma Planning Commission and Design Review Board. He served on Sweetwater’s Building Committee prior to election as a board member, and now serves as that committee’s chair. He resides in Sonoma with his wife Leslie, an architectural color consultant, and their twelve-year old son, Max.
Jenifer Hartwell

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.