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Board Members
President   David Weinstein
Vice President   Chris Treadway
Treasurer   Pat Shaw
Secretary   Dianne Brenner
Member at Large   Tom Panas
Member at Large   John Falconer
Member at Large   Joanne Rubio
Member at Large   Patricia Durham

Dave Weinstein, president, is a longtime journalist, who has worked for the West County Times and Contra Costa Times, and written for the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He is features editor of the magazine CA Modern, and has written books about architecture and local history.

Dave is the chair of Friends of the Cerrito Theater, president of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers, and a member of the city’s Environmental Quality Committee. Dave is from Long Island, New York and has lived in El Cerrito since 1981. He has been on the board since 2011.
Chris Treadway, vice president, is an Oakland native, a graduate of San Francisco State University, and a 33-year community journalist in the East Bay, including three stints as editor of the El Cerrito Journal. He is a lifelong student of Bay Area history and his interest in El Cerrito's past began when he moved here in 1984. .
Pat Shaw, treasurer, is a retired chemist. She was raised in Richmond, at first in the Stege district, then educated at UC Berkeley. Her family moved to Richmond in 1945. She remembers much about El Cerrito in the forties and fifties. As an adult, she's lived in El Cerrito since 1972. As a member of the Historical Society, she has enjoyed learning about our community. She's been on the board since 2014.
Dianne Brenner, secretary, has lived in El Cerrito for 25 years, having moved to California from the East Coast. Her first involvement with community projects in El Cerrito was serving as co-chair of Friends of the Cerrito Theater after Dave Weinstein started that project. She has an abiding interest in architecture, historic preservation and design in general, and has enjoyed learning about the history of our town.
Tom Panas, member at large, is a retired CPA, was raised in the Bay Area, attended UC Berkeley, and has lived in El Cerrito since 1975. “I am a Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Society and have served 14 years on the Board,” Tom says.
John Falconer, member at large: John first moved to El Cerrito at age two, attended local schools (Kensington, Madera, Portola, and El Cerrito High) and earned degrees at Cal and Stanford. He retired in 2012 after a career of technical and managerial contributions in multiple companies, including Pacific Stereo, CBS, Westwood, Microsoft, and Chevron. John moved back to El Cerrito in 2010, having purchased his childhood home from his parents’ estate.
Joanne Rubio, member at large, taught in El Cerrito for 23 years at Windrush School, site of the former Chung Mei Home. She was inspired by working at this historical campus to find out more about El Cerrito's History.
Joanne has written historical articles for the Forge, written and drawn a children's coloring book of El Cerrito and organized/worked on many programs/events.

One of her interests is researching families of early El Cerrito and helping current families research their own family history. She corresponds and meets with descendants of El Cerrito's early citizens, making positive contacts, gathering information and photos.
Patricia Durham, member at large, is the owner of Durham Tax Services in Richmond. Patricia retired from UC Berkeley and Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Oakland. An alumnus of El Cerrito High School, she served as president of the El Cerrito High School Archiving Committee. She is chairperson of the city’s annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Parade and Celebration.

She is a member emeritus of the City’s Human Relations Commission, where she served as president. She is a life member of the NAACP. Patricia is a member of St. Peter Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in El Cerrito. Patricia received a BS degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College, Moraga.  

The Historical Society meets monthly and publishes its newsletter, The Forge, several times a year. The Historical Society also has an ongoing effort to collect oral history from as many old-timers as possible. Please contact the Historical Society if you or someone you know can contribute oral history, photographs, or memorabilia to the Society’s collection.