La Jolla Unit Board Members

Officers
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Matthew Kidd President/Webmaster
Matthew Kidd. 2016-2018 Term.
Matthew is a cosmic ray physicist who switched to bioinformatics in 1997, working for startup companies. He has been playing bridge on and off since 1986 but much more so since moving to San Diego in 2004. He wrote the ACBLmerge program, is a founder of the Bridge Results website, and was active in the bridge teaching at La Jolla High from 2009-2013.
Ursula Kantor Vice-President
Ursula Kantor. 2016-2018 Term. Ursula was a guidance counselor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. She has played in our unit games, at the Soledad Club, and the Jolla Cove Bridge Club for many years.
Barbara Blake Treasurer
Barbara Blake. 2016-2018 Term.
I am an anesthesiologist, now retired, who first learned to play bridge when I moved to San Diego from the east coast in 1981 as a way of meeting new people. Having watched my parents play party bridge and duplicate for years as a kid and teen, I decided it was time, I read a book, took lessons from Bob Rosenbluth at Adventures and proceeded on my way to bridge addiction. I have served on multiple non-profit boards over the years and look forward to working with the La Jolla Unit.
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Bob Brobst Secretary
Bob Brobst. 2017-2019 Term.

I played a lot of bridge back in the 70s, and have recently taken it up again–trying to improve my game.

I’m married to my lovely wife Joni, have two adult sons, three granddaughters and a new labradoodle puppy named Bella.

I have a BSEE from UCSB, an MSEE from CSULB and a Masters in Management from Clairmont Graduate Univ. I spent 40 years working in the defense industry for Odetics, Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon.

I’ve spent quite a bit of my time in volunteer organizations. I’m presently president of the La Jolla Tennis Club, I’ve tutored students in Math at both the local middle school and the Girls Reformatory. I was on the board for 10 years and president of the East Fullerton Little League for two years. I’m presently a mentor at the Preuss School and was asked to judge six of their senior students projects.

Chairpersons
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Bill Grant Club Manager/Tournament Chair
Bill Grant. 2016-2018 Term. Learned to play bridge during winter nights at his Michigan State University dormitory. College bridge remained dormant until he discovered duplicate in 1985. A recently retired high school math teacher, he now spends most of his time playing bridge and traveling, often concurrently. He returns to his old high school campus every spring, to teach bridge to math students who are done with their Advanced Placement exams.
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Lynne Anderson Board Member
Lynne Anderson. 2017-2019 Term. Started playing bridge as a teenager in Minnesota in her parents’ game, followed by social bridge with sorority sisters, and then her husband. After a long hiatus she moved to San Diego and joined the ACBL in 2003. She is a teacher educator who continues to break away to play bridge working to train teachers and to earn her Life Master’s in bridge.
Susan Koshkarian Board Member
Susan Koshkarian. 2016-2018 Term. I began playing bridge the summer after I graduated from high school. My mother and another woman decided eight of us college bound grads needed to learn the game or we would be a failure in college. I continued to play for the next 10 years, socially, while working as a medical technologist, and then took a break to raise my children. About 10 years ago when my husband resurrected his acting career after semi-retirement, I started playing bridge online. Finding that I still enjoyed bridge, I took some lessons from Ed Layton and Maritha Pottenger and began playing duplicate bridge. What a great way to keep one's mind alert!!
Gail Dunham Board Member
Gail Dunham. 2017-2019 Term.
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Ron Ignelzi Partnerships/IN/Education
Ron Ignelzi. 2017-2019 Term.
Fondly remembers when he was in grade school, the Thursday bridge nights hosted by his Mom, an avid life-master. Began playing duplicate in the 1990s, as a way to get his snowbird Mom out to the Soledad Club for her favorite pastime. As a more serious player, he won the La Jolla Mini McKinney in 2004 (5-20 MP) and 2005 (20-50 MP) and placed in many regionals and sectionals. A retired neurosurgeon, he chairs two national panels that guide research funding.
Mary Scott Knoll Board Member
Mary Scott Knoll. 2017-2019 Term.

Mary Scott Knoll is a bridge game enthusiast who continues to learn and enjoy the game. Recently elected to serve as president of the local chapter of the Aztec Bridge Club, an affiliate group with the American Bridge, Mary also served on the board of Unit 539 as the NLM tournament chair during her terms as member.

Mary is especially interested in promoting bridge among youth and she was actively involved in creating a cookbook fundraiser in support of the San Diego Bridge Academy for Youth.

As a result of her career in the role of executive for a non-profit organization, Mary has strong management and leadership skills. She is a task orientated person who strives to reach identified goals. She will bring a “can and will work” attitude to Unit 526.

Mary holds a Master’s degree in Social Science Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers School of Law. A non-practicing attorney and former public school instructor, Mary describes herself as a social scientist with twenty plus years of community, housing and human service experiences.

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