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Robert Powell

President / term expires July 1, 2025

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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Ted Edgar

1st Vice President (Tournaments) Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

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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Chris Shepard

2nd Vice-President (Membership), Kernersville / term expires July 1, 2025

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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Dixie Culver

Secretary/Treasurer, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2024

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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Debbie Monroe

Past-President, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

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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Claudia Hale

Webmaster, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2024

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, Robert (16) and Ashe (14) in Chicago.

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David Hamby

Director-at-Large, Burlington / term expires July 1, 2024

I started playing bridge in 1975.  Got married to Nancy in 1986.  Nancy and I enjoy playing bridge together.  Nancy and I are both retired now.  We like to go on trips.  I grew up in Mebane NC.  Looking forward to serving on the board.


Brenda Garzia

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

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Judy Hellen

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

I took up bridge for the first time after retiring. At some point I expected to relocate and I wanted an interest so I could meet new friends wherever I landed. I'm still in Greensboro, my hometown. And I have new friends! My "role" lately has been to help grow the game locally by teaching and running our Supervised Play sessions.

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Cam Matthews

Director-at-Large, Winston-Salem / term expires July 1, 2025

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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Dianne Pusch

Director-at-Large, Summerfield / term expires July 1, 2024

Learning bridge in Mary Leger classes introduced me to some of the best and brightest players in Greensboro. Playing with and against them is always a pleasure and a challenge. Serving on our bridge Board gives me a chance to get back to the community I enjoy so much.

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Martha Meyer

Director-at-Large, Winston-Salem / term expires July 1, 2025

In 2014, while I was teaching bridge to beginners at the YMCA a bridge and tennis friend, Ellen Lowdermilk, asked me to play duplicate with her.  My response was “I am not good enough to play that”, but Ellen’s enthusiasm prevailed.  We began playing in Cindy Wright’s novice games. My husband, Mark, began playing with me in 2015 when Ellen began playing with her wonderful husband, Tad. Mark and I became life masters in 2018.  We finished second in the District 7 Grand National Teams Flight C that year and first in 2019.  Team games are our favorite so we try to play in many Regional and National tournaments.  We also feel grateful for all the really fine players who have mentored us so we try to give back by mentoring newer players. Mentoring is extremely important because everybody wins!  We find that when we mentor, we also learn. In April 2023, I completed the ACBL’s Club Director course and test.


Before bridge, I was graduated from the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, then a Masters of Business from UNC Chapel Hill. I worked for USSteel in Pittsburgh Headquarters as the Lime Buyer for all the steel mills and coal mines, in Mergers and Acquisitions, then for AT&T National Accounts.  When we became parents, I handled taxes, payroll, projects, and the website for Mark’s pediatric dental practice.  In my spare time, I chaired Community Service at our church, raised scholarship funds for the PTA, was Treasurer for the PTA/Women of the Church/Dental Alliance.  I completed the courses and tests to become a NC Real Estate Broker. We have two grown children, Carson in Winston-Salem and Claire in Atlanta.  Now retired, we spend a lot of time at Smith Mountain Lake where grow an organic garden, play and direct bridge, cook gourmet meals, make beer, sew, create stained glass, and frequently host friends and family.

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Rick Morgan

Director-at-Large, Asheboro / term expires July 1, 2025

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Barbara Pomer

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

I was born right here in Greensboro, left briefly to attend UNC-CH and returned for the duration.  In my former life, I was a computer programmer for AT&T.  I am married to Ed Green and between us, we have 6 children, 6 grandchildren and a sweet dog.


I learned to play bridge at age 19 and never really stopped.  Sometimes I wonder how I managed to graduate from college due to the many hours spent at the bridge table.  Shortly before the Pandemic, Judy Piper asked me if I'd be interested in taking Mary Leger's course in learning a "new" way to play bridge.  Thankfully I agreed, not knowing then how much that decision would change my life.  I took to duplicate bridge in a big way, and during the Covid lockdown, I played a LOT of bridge.  Many thanks to my various mentors who helped me along the way.  Prior to 2020, I had about 40 points and 2 years later, more than 400.  I then decided to take an obsessive path to reaching Life Master status, and at approximately 5:30 PM on June 23, 2022, I achieved that goal!  It was truly one of the happiest and most exciting moments of my life.  Nowadays, playing bridge is a big priority, and in addition to adoring the game, I am thrilled to have made so many new friends, most of whom I would have never met had it not been for duplicate bridge.  I look forward to serving on the Board!

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Andy Symmes

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2025

Born in Wilmington with moves to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Sanford before high school years
and graduation from New Hanover High School. On to college for study of the 3 Bs (Beer, Bridge, Baseball). My
educational journey only took 8 years including a stint in the Navy before finally graduating, but it was fun. In the
meantime, I met my wife of 51+ years and we are lucky to have 3 fine sons, 3 wonderful daughters-in-law, and 4


My bridge life started as a 4th for my mother, father, and grandmother and continued through college with forays
into the world of duplicate bridge in Greensboro during the late ‘60s (Games were directed by JC Barefoot and
played at the Mayfair cafeteria at the SE corner of Elm and Market). Bridge, like everything else, has changed

since the ‘60s; but the game still allows us to compete, provides opportunities for being around nice people, and
keeps our minds active. Priceless!

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Melissa Waldron

Director-at-Large, Greensboro / term expires July 1, 2024

I grew up in Chapel Hill and  completed my undergrad at UNC.   I worked in sales and sales management before taking a left turn and going back to school to receive my Masters of Counseling from the University of Arkansas. I worked as a mental health therapist for several years.  Tom and I have been married for 27 years and have two lovely daughters, Abby and Natalie.

I started taking bridge lessons about 7 years ago with my dear friend Sandra Schulte.  I’m hooked!

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