Board of Directors

Nicole Donn

President

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

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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Beverly Wallace
Secretary

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
Treasurer

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.

Marie Carayanis
Membership Committee Chair

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
Director

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  jimcowen@jimcowen.com
Susan McCloskey
Director

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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Bob Sharp
Director

Mark Croda
Director

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. Mark served as President of the Board from September 2020 through January 2022.
Jose Velarde
Director

Harry Weiner
Director

Cathy Werner
Director

Current and long-time resident of El Sobrante, since 1962. Cathy grew up helping with the Family Business, “Nick & Marie’s Italian Deli and Catering” on San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante, owned by Nick and Marie Carayanis. Cathy has worked within the community over the past several years helping with the El Sobrante Stroll, Hometown Holiday Fair and with some of the Boys & Girls Club events. In other communities, she managed a Historic Downtown Project, which included “First Friday Night” and Christmas Tree Lighting events, as well as assisting with a music festival. Cathy has served on professional healthcare Boards at a local, state, and national level. She graduated from Presentation High School in Berkeley and has bachelor’s degree in Human Development, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Project Management certificate from CSUEB. She has worked for the past 28 years as a healthcare Quality and Risk Management Specialist. Cathy’s lifetime work in the field of healthcare stems from her interest in advocacy in any form, and the desire to serve vulnerable populations, in an effort to impact positive change. I’m excited and honored for this new opportunity to serve on the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce, with such a wonderful, dedicated team. I know there is so much more to learn and do and I look forward to giving back to the community I have loved and lived in for so many years.
Jury Zamora
Director

Scott Tuffnell
Scholarship Committee Chair

scotttuffnell@windermere.com
510-867-5821
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, and has been on the board for all but one year since.  He was elected President of the Board in 2005 serving one year, and re-elected in 2017 serving until January,2020. Scott now assists with the  website and marketing for the chamber's events. He is honored to chair  the Lauren Hanley Scholarship Committee, named after past President Lauren Hanley .
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Martha Booz
Media Editor

Martha Booz holds an M.A. in German Language and Literature, as well as a Ph.D. in plant physiology. She worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories for almost 25 years, in tech support, in marketing and most recently on Bio-Rad's web team, retiring in 2008.
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Tom Lang
Stroll Committee Chair

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 and 2022 El Sobrante Stroll. 
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