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Sunflower Hill adds new board members, advisor

Organization seeks sustainable, special needs programming, residential options

Sunflower Hill, a Pleasanton based non-profit seeking to create a residential community for individuals with special needs, has added four new board members and one new advisor to its organization.

Pleasanton residents Cindy Everson and Carolyn Zalewski, Cindy O'Hare of Danville and Dean Clark of San Ramon were recently elected to the Sunflower Hill board of directors.

Julie Borg, founder and CEO of Borg Fence in Livermore, joined the organization as a new advisor.

Everson has two teenage sons with autism and previously served as the co-founder and president of PAR (Providing Autism Research) For Kids Sake, a nonprofit organization, for more than 10 years. Everson is a partner in the company, MatchPoint Solutions, LLC.

Zalewski, a former corporate lawyer with expertise in contracts and corporate transactions, has been an active volunteer with a number of local special needs organizations including Special Olympics, School of Imagination and PAR For Kids Sake. She has a 12 year-old son with autism.

O'Hare is a licensed professional fiduciary and principal of RCO properties and Estate Management Advisors. She previously served in various management positions with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Luis Obispo and is involved with a number of community organizations.

Clark, experienced in software and technology, is currently the senior director of Systems Engineering for VMware. He is the father of a teenage son with autism and Fragile X syndrome.

Borg joins the organization's advisory group, which includes John Sensiba of Sensiba San Filippo; Sblend Sblendorio, Hoge Fenton, Jones and Appel; Alan Cerro, Dutra Cerro Graden; Toby Trevarthen, Anchor Intelligence; Vicki Obee, Bittersweet Farms, Dr. Lynne Mielke of Optimal Health Spectrums Medical Clinic and Dr. Glenn Petersen, of Alta-Bates Medical Center.

Everson, Zalewski, O'Hare and Clark join existing Sunflower Hill board members Janeen Rubino Brumm, Leslie Vilfort, Anne Daniels, Tamara Notestine, Christina Bogert, Angi Queenan, Lynn Monica, Jon Elfin, Dave Muller, Rosemary Kirbach and Susan Houghton.

Sunflower Hill was founded by eleven families of children with developmental delays. Its goal is to create a sustainable, special needs community for individuals and families seeking programming and residential options.

For more information on Sunflower Hill, visit www.sunflowerhill.org/

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