Community leaders join Sunflower Hill board

Nonprofit works to provide residences for those with special needs

Six community leaders have been named to Sunflower Hill's first advisory board.

The East Bay non-profit organization seeks to create an intentional residential community for individuals with special needs.

The six members of the new board are:

Alan Cerro, president, Land Planning & Development for Dutra, Cerro, Graden, a Dublin-based commercial real estate, development and consulting company.

John Sensiba, managing partner of Sensiba San Filippo, LLP, a Pleasanton-based firm providing accounting, business consulting and tax advisory services to businesses throughout California.

Sblend Sblendorio, a shareholder with Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, a San-Jose based law firm with offices in Pleasanton.

Dr. Lynne Mielke, physician and the founder of Optimal Health Spectrums, Developmental Spectrums Medical Clinic and the Optimal Brain Center, which are Pleasanton-based medical clinics specializing in biomedical solutions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, psychiatric and neurological and wellness.

Vicki Obree, the executive director of Bittersweet Farms, an 80-acre intentional community for adults with autism in Whitehouse, Ohio that serves as a nationwide role model for similar communities under development.

Dr. Glenn Petersen, a board certified physician in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine and the chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.

The advisors will work with Sunflower Hill's board of directors on the development and execution of the organization's strategic vision and goals.

Sunflower Hill is one of 79 organizations nationwide focusing on creating an intentional, sustainable residential community for individuals with special needs. Designed to be akin to senior living, the community would offer life-long residency, along with vocational and social opportunities and community partnerships.

For more information, visit the Sunflower Hill website at


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