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President   David Weinstein
Vice President   Chris Horn
Treasurer   Pat Shaw
Secretary   Joanne Rubio
Member at Large   Tom Panas
Member at Large   Barbara Hill
Member at Large   Chris Steba
Web Master   Debbie Week

Dave Weinstein, president, is a longtime journalist, having reported and edited for the West County Times and Contra Costa Times, and contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle, and contributed to many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is features editor of the magazine CA Modern. Dave has written several books on architecture and local history. He began the effort to preserve the Cerrito Theater and is chair of  Friends of the Cerrito Theater and president of El Cerrito Trail Trekkers.

Dave is from Long Island, New York and has lived in California since 1975 and in El Cerrito since 1981.
He has been on the board since 2011, had been vice president, and became president on the resignation of Rich Bartke.
 
Chris Horn, vice president, has been residing in El Cerrito since 1995 and has only recently become involved with the Historical Society.

Chris loves history and has a strong interest toward the preservation and presentation of local historic sites, people and events.

Becoming a Civil War re-enactor in 1992, he has been a cannoneer with a Horse Artillery unit, California Historical Artillery Society, depicting the 3rd US Artillery. The 3rd were regular army artillerist stationed in San Francisco at the outbreak of the Civil War. They were transferred and engaged in Eastern Theater battles during the war.  Chris has participated in numerous Living History events and presented to the public all there is to know regarding Civil War era artillery.

Chris brings his enthusiasm for history to the Society and looks forward to being an active member of the Board.
 
Pat Shaw, treasurer, is a retired chemist, raised in Richmond (Stege district), educated at UC Berkeley.  “I've lived in El Cerrito for 46 years and enjoyed learning about our community,” Pat says. She has been on the board since 2014 and serves as treasurer.
 
Joanne Rubio, secretary, taught in El Cerrito for 23 years at Windrush School, site of the formerVChung Mei Home. She was inspired by working at this historical campus to find out more about El Cerrito's History.  She currently serves as secretary and has for several years.  She has served as secretary on the ECHS Board for several years.

Joanne has written historical articles for the Forge, written/drawn a children's coloring book of El Cerrito and organized/worked on many programs/events.

One of her interests is in 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. Joanne's particular research interests and books she is working on are: Edith Stege, 1863-1942: Pioneer-Quilfelt/Stege Family, Rancher, Frog Farmer, Realtor and Women of the Castro Adobe: Luisa Martinez Castro, Felicidad Carrillo Castro, Julia Townsend Beardsley Lupton Castro.  
 
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.
 
Barbara Hill, member at large, is a retired library employee and currently the acting Curator for the Historical Society, working on cataloging items and photographs in the Society's collections for easy retrieval by researchers.  She has lived in El Cerrito since 1975 and has been a member of the Board for several years. [I don't actually remember the year, sorry]  
 
Chris Sterba, member at large,  has lived in El Cerrito since 2001.  He is an author and a lecturer in the Humanities Department at San Francisco State University. Chris received a Fulbright Award to teach in Norway for the 2012-2013 academic year.  He is currently the chair of the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission. One of his papers, "Taming the Wild West in the late 1940s: The Making of Modern Day El Cerrito," was the subject of a talk Chris has given for the society and he has done research and a talk about the El Cerrito Preschool Cooperative.

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.