Board of Directors

Ron Matamoros

President, Winston-Salem / term expires July, 2021

I grew up in Lancaster, Pa. I earned BA and JD degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. I started my

practice of law in Atlanta and moved to NC in 1977. I retired from the 30 member law firm of Blanco

Tackabery and Matamoros, PA in 2008. I started RAM Properties I, LLC, a real estate development

company which provided consulting services to a number of multifamily and retail developers.

 

I started my bridge life 3 years ago, in 2014, and have become addicted. I have much enjoyed my partnership

with Dr. Bansi Shah. I look forward to bringing the perspective of the novice player to the Board.

Tom Skaar

1st Vice President (Tournaments), Greensboro / term expires July, 2021

I have been married 42 years and have 3 children. My second career was teaching HS science and I retired in 2010.  I enjoy gardening, woodworking, and especially competitive bridge. I learned in college, then resumed after retiring. I really enjoy the constant challenges at the table and helping new players grow and improve their game.

Cindy Wright

2nd Vice-President (Education), Winston-Salem / term expires July, 2021

I have been happily married for 44 years and have three grown children and five grandchildren. I have been retired from teaching middle school math for six years now and have found my new passion in directing bridge.  I love directing my four games each week. Monday and Friday I offer an Open game as well as a side 0-299 limited game at the Georgia Taylor Recreation Center in Winston-Salem.  Tuesday I offer a Non-Life Master game with a side 0-50 mp game at the South Fork Community Center in Winston-Salem. I also offer a free lesson every Tuesday at noon prior to game time.  Friday mornings I also offer a 0-20 Newcomer’s Game at the Georgia Taylor Rec. Center from 9:30-11:30 A.M.  The last Friday morning of the month is always a lesson instead of a game. 

Dixie Culver

Secretary-Treasurer, Greensboro / term expires July, 2022

I started taking bridge lessons over 5 years ago when I had surgery from a tennis injury and couldn’t play tennis.  Now, I split my spare time between the two sports.  My husband Ken and I have been married 25 years and are becoming empty nesters as our son is off to UNC Chapel Hill this Fall.


I have a BS in Accounting from Franklin University and ran a tax and accounting firm for many years until selling the business and moving for my husbands career. I have been on many non-profit and community boards including: VP of Finance and Treasurer of The Junior League of Greensboro, Treasurer and President of Greensboro Academy Boosters, Secretary of Family Services Guild, Chair of The Greensboro Oyster Roast and board member for various agencies including Easter Seals and President of Dogwood Garden Club.  I enjoy gardening in my spare time.

Debbie Monroe

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July, 2021

I started playing bridge when I retired in 2006 from a senior executive position with Thomson Reuters and Landmark Communication.  I'm married to Keith Monroe with two children and twin grandsons.  Any day you can play bridge is a good day!

Carol Elkins-Bachl

Director, Salisbury / term expires July, 2022

Bridge has become a great hobby along with tennis.  I love the thinking process in both activities.  My husband is also an avid player.  We have 7 children between us and 15 grandchildren so we are very busy traveling to see them since they live all over the US.  Plus we travel monthly and enjoy playing in other clubs.  I am retired as a high school counselor, a job I loved. We are both involved in our respective churches.  I head up our Senior group.  Life is indeed fun and we pray for continued health.  We are so blessed.

Jim Bean

Director - Winston-Salem / term expires July 2021

I learned the great game of bridge through my grandparents and parents and played way too much in college.  After a brief go at duplicate clubs in Los Angeles, I started playing bridge seriously in Marin County in 2002.  Since moving back to Chapel Hill NC in 2006, I soon became involved in the bridge scene in the Triangle area, served on the unit board for 5 years, and ran countless tournaments (no more please!)  I served as President for 2+ years.  Duplicate bridge's survival depends on the help and support of our clubs, directors and volunteers, and that is why I continue to want to give back to the game that has given me so much.  I live now with my partner Ron and our Westie, Maggie, in Winston-Salem.

Claudia Hale

Director / Webmaster, Greensboro - term expires July, 2022

After we married in 1971, my husband, Bob, taught me and several other couples bridge, which was our inexpensive social life.  After many corporate moves, we retired in Greensboro in 2004 and started playing duplicate seriously.  I have been Chairman of the Greensboro and High Point Sectionals multiple times, a previous 1st Vice President of the CCBA Board, am the current Unit's Webmaster, ACBL Goodwill recipient in 2014, and in 2018 Bob and I were awarded lifetime membership in the ACBL National Charity Committee for District 7.  In my spare time, I enjoy crafting, reading, movies and travel ... especially to visit our two children:  Susan in Los Angeles, and Rob and our two grandchildren, Zander (13) and Cecelia (11) in Chicago.

Judy Hellen

Director, Greensboro / term expires July, 2021

I am a lifelong resident of Greensboro and the grandmother of two baseball/soccer players. I am retired (surprise!) from a career in information technology with Burlington Industries. Today I am both a student and instructor of this great game of bridge.

John Lamanna

Director, Winston-Salem / term expires July, 2022

I grew up in Syracuse NY and received my BA (History/Education) degree from Syracuse University.  I first started playing bridge in 2014 at the King YMCA in the beginner's group, moved on to the King Senior Center, and eventually The Shepard Center.  I met Dee Jones at the Center and we decided to venture into duplicate ... we never looked back.  I always thought really intelligent people played bridge; then I started playing and broke that mold.  I really feel honored, and look forward to serving my fellow bridge players in Unit 169.

Rich Peffer

Director, Greensboro - term expires July, 2022

I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and learned to play bridge at family gatherings where the competition was minimal and the laughter was maximal.  I recently retired after 30+ years at Syngenta Crop Protection where I was a metabolism chemist and a toxicologist.  Retirement has let me expand my time doing things I really enjoy, which includes directing a 0-50 MP game with the Triad Bridge Club, playing in all levels of tournaments, and going on exciting trips with Patty, my wife of 35+ years.  We have two children, Emily and Eric, who both live in Greensboro.  I still dabble some at toxicology as a consultant, and Patty and I are slowly converting our entire front yard into a vegetable garden, which is lush and productive thanks to some fine Syngenta products.

Diane Pusch

Director, Summerfield - term expires July 2022

After 25 years with the University of Phoenix, I began to learn bridge for my next adventure.  I have loved the learning and the practice that comes with bridge and enjoy playing.  I stayed involved in Family Service of the Piedmont, providing leadership counseling with a consulting firm and the experiences of travel.

Chris Shepard

Director, Kernersville - term expires July, 2022

I grew up in Westminster, MD and studied math and music at Gettysburg College, later earning a Master's Degree in Business Administration.  After several job "experiments," I settled into banking, and eventually was brought to Winston-Salem by BB&T.  I retired as Sr. Vice President of Deposit Services in 2011, and decided to pursue interests of the heart, becoming the organist at Kernersville Moravian Church.  For a less strenuous (?) hobby, I thought I'd start playing bridge again, a game I had enjoyed in my younger years.  Naively unaware that I knew next to nothing about how to play duplicate bridge, I enthusiastically jumped right in!  It has been a humbling but enjoyable learning experience with every game!  I look forward to continuing the expedition and hopefully improving with each year.

Kathy Tomlinson

Director, Greensboro - term expires July 2021

My husband and I learned bridge from my parents about the time we were married, and both of us started to play duplicate socially in Ohio and Florida.  Since moving to Greensboro in 2004, I have gotten into the more serious side of duplicate and enjoy the challenges it offers.

 

My husband of 46 years and I have three children and one grandchild.  I am an RN who retired as the Director of Nursing from a local long-term care/physical rehab in 2017.

Drew (Skip) Wilson

Director, Martinsville VA / term expires July, 2022

Skip Wilson is a Club Director, Accredited Teacher, past club president and Silver Life Master who loves the game of bridge. As important as bridge is in Skip's life, he is quick to remind his students, peers, and players that bridge is just a game...one that we play for fun while being friendly and courteous to our fellow players.

 

Skip's four passions in life are bridge, golf, travel and teaching. After a 20 year career in sales, marketing and business development, he retired to pursue these interests. Skip often teaches at his club and in the community. He has served on many ships as Bridge Director and loves sharing his knowledge and expertise while promoting the game of bridge.

 

Skip's wife, Carolyn, is also a Club Director, avid teacher and skilled player. Together, they play in about a dozen tournaments a year and have won 45 ribbon qualifications.

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In addition to the Board members shown above, the governance team includes the following:

Unit Recorder -- Bruce Southard, southardo@gmail.com / term expires January 2022

Unit Conduct & Ethics Committee -- Dan Fowler, oncemore4@hotmail.com / term expires June 2021; Don Gattalaro, gattalaro@yahoo.com / term expires June, 2021; Bob Sherman, sherman1509@twc.com / term expires June, 2022

Unit Representatives to the District -- Peter J. Boyd-Bowman, peterboydbowman@yahoo.comDan Fowler, oncemore4@hotmail.com / terms expire June, 2021

Claudia Hale, Webmaster