BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Debbie Monroe

President, Greensboro / term expires July, 2023

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!

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Cindy Wright

1st Vice President (Tournaments), Clemmons / term expires July, 2023

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. 

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Rich Peffer

2nd Vice President (Education), Greensboro / term expires July, 2023

As we merge from our COVID bubbles, I am excitedly awaiting the return of in-person games and Sectional/Regional tournaments!  I grew up in Pittsburgh PA and learned to play bridge at family gatherings where the competition was minimal and the laughter maximal.  I retired in 2028 after 30+  years at Syngenta Crop Protection where I was a metabolism chemist and toxicologist.  I still dabble some at toxicology as a consultant, but my true passion has been the thriving duplicate bridge scene in NC.  On Mondays, I direct a 0-100 game and give lessons to newer players, and on Saturdays I am the Director for the Unit Games starting in 2021.  I also enjoy going on exciting trips with Patty, my wife of 35+ years, and working together on our gardens and home projects including a "catio" (ask me).  We have two children, Emily and Eric, who both live in Greensboro.  Hope to see many of you face-to-face at an upcoming bridge game.

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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 husband's 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.

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Ron Matamoros

Director-at-Large, Bermuda Run / term expires July, 2023

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

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Sydney Brown Cardone

Director, Greensboro / term expires July, 2023

Born and raised in Greensboro but left for 23 years living in Boston, LA and Wilmington NC.  Three children all living in Raleigh!  Learned to play bridge at the age of 12.  Also love tennis, walks, backgammon, and my husband Michael!!

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Ted Edgar

Director, Greensboro / term expires July, 2023

I grew up in Pine Mountain, Georgia and have lived in Greensboro for two years.  I have been married for 34 years and have two grown children.  I am a former banker and current Zaxby's owner.  I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Finance Degree.

I started playing bridge 30 years ago, but took a 25-year break to focus on children and career.  I began playing again after relocating to Greensboro and made Life Master in late 2020.

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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.

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Claudia Hale

Director, 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.

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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.

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Cam Matthews

Director, Winston-Salem / term expires July, 2023

I grew up in Winston-Salem and left in 1977.  I lived in Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Chatham NJ, New Hope PA and Manhattan until I moved back to W-S in 2016.  I was sole proprietor of a relocation business (assisting corporate executives moving into NY, NJ, CT) for 33 years and retired in 2015.

My Granny was a Life Master and taught me bridge in youth.  I never played after 1977 until 2017 and started again with Goren skills.  Talk about a shock!  The first person I played against when I returned asked me what conventions I play.  I replied "bridge" because I had no idea what she was asking.  It is now a passion and I am happy to be a part of this group.

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Robert Powell

Director, Colfax / term expires July, 2023

Being the son of a Baptist preacher, I have lived all over North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast.  After attending Wake Forest (BS Chemistry) and UNC-Greensboro (MS Chemistry), I remained in the Triad and spent 32 years in R&D for RJ Reynolds.  I was a NC certified EMT and volunteered 20 years with Forsyth Rescue Squad, and 23 years with Colfax Volunteer Fire Department, where I currently Chair their Board of Directors.  Besides duplicate bridge, I am an avid golfer and cherish time spent with my two granddaughters Morgan (6) and Caroline (8 months).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Unit Recorder:

Unit Conduct & Ethics Committee:

Unit Representatives to the District: