An Innovative Housing Solution for Adults with Autism

Sweetwater Spectrum Staff


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



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.

Kory’s 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. 

Prior to 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.

Kory 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 


Suzanne has 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 Sweetwater Spectrum.
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.