Cathy Werner

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.

Tom Lang

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.  Continue reading

Martha Booz

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. Continue reading

Susan McCloskey

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

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  jimcowen@jimcowen.com

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. Continue reading