Board of Directors


Nicole Donn


Nicole Donn has been elected President for fiscal year 2022 beginning in February this year.  Nicole is a life-long Bay Area person who grew up in San Francisco and has lived and/or worked in El Sobrante for almost 30 years. She has two adult children Joshua and Sara, who attended local public schools and went to the Boys and Girls Club and May Valley community center.
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Judy Ward

Vice President - elect

Judith Ward has been elected Vice-president for fiscal year 2022 beginning in February.  Judy was born and raised in the Bay Area, attended local schools and raised her family here. After retiring from working with at-risk youth, she began pursuing a number of volunteer activities.
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Mark Croda

Restoration Auto Body
Mark Croda's Town Garage has been a fixture in El Sobrante on San Pablo Dam Road for years and years. He recently sold his business to his foreman, and opened a new shop, Restoration Auto Body, to spend his time strictly on the auto body repair business, rather than all the various mechanical issues that cars suffer. The new shop is in the back, behind the Town Garage.
Tom Lang
Vice President

Thomas (Tom) Lang has lived in El Sobrante for nearly 20 years with his wife Vivi and sons Adam and Alex.  He serves as a member of the El Sobrante Municipal Advisory Council (ESMAC) and as Chairman of the 2019 El Sobrante Stroll. 
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Beverly Wallace

Beverly Wallace was born and raised in Richmond, attended local schools, including Contra Costa College and San Francisco State. In 1997, Beverly Wallace was elected to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District Board of Directors and will continue to serve until December 31, 2018.
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Su Li

Su Li graduated from Guangxi University in China in 1984, where she majored in English.  She received her master's degree from Michigan State University in 1989, whee she majored in teaching English to the speakers of other languages. She is also fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese. She has been working for Lynden & Company since Feb 2000 as an accountant.

In Memorium

Lauren Hanley

Lauren Hanley was elected President of the Board in late 2019. She is the Director of Web & Marketing at Nerd Crossing and has been with the El Sobrante company for 5 years. Originally from Hawaii, she earned a B.F.A. in Writing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
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Karla Amador-Daza

Karla Amador-Daza was elected Director in our late 2018 Board election.  She writes: I was born in Colombia. I grew up in San Francisco and moved to the East Bay in 1994.  I got my esthetician license in 2008 from Paris Beauty School in Concord.
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Marie Carayanis

Marie Carayanis, resident of El Sobrante since 1963. She was co- owner for 30 years (1970-2000) of a local business in downtown El Sobrante, Nick & Marie's Delicatessen and Catering, and thus became active in representing the needs of business owners.
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Jim Cowen

Jim Cowen joined the Chamber in 1985, and became a director the following year. He has served 3 times as Chamber President, and is the 2005 Citizen of the Year.  Jim grew up in El Sobrante and attended local schools, and graduated from St Marys’ College in Moraga.  His first business was Mail Plus, and since 2000 he has run Jim Cowen Insurance Brokers.   510-222-7890
Bob Davis

Bob’s family moved to El Sobrante in 1962 and he graduated from De Anza Hi in 1969.  He graduated from Contra Costa Jr College with an AA in Social Science; Chico State with a BA in Economics and Golden Gate University with an MBA in Business Management. 
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Susan McCloskey

A long-term resident of El Sobrante, Susan McCloskey and husband Dick McCloskey owned and operated McCloskey Painting, Inc. for 30 years.
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Sonny Randhawa

I’m a resident of El Sobrante for almost 30 years and I started my business in El Sobrante about 6 years ago. My State Farm insurance office is located on Appian Way. I’m a proud father of three boys, Sahir 21 years and Aryan & Ishan 13 years old.
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Bob Sharp

Scott Tuffnell Scott is a Realtor® with Windermere Rowland Realty which he joined in 2014. In 2019, he was promoted to the Pinole Office as manager by Broker/ owners Mike and Renee Rowland. Scott has been recognized by the National Association of Realtors as a Seller Representative Specialist [SRS] and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist [SRES]. Scott joined the chamber in 2000 as the owner/operator of Biancos Deli & Catering, which was voted Business of the Year in 2004.  He has been named President of the Board three times and currently serves the community as a Director on the chamber board.
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