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Reno Youth Bridge

2014 RYB WCSD Spring Team Championships 002Reno Youth Bridge (RYB) is funded by individuals and charitable foundations that want to support the teaching of contract bridge to students in the Washoe County School District. RYB has estimated that the cost to add each new school to our program is $1900.00 with annual expenses thereafter  between $1000.00 and $1200.00.  During the coming school year RYB expects to have 14 schools participating. Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., has been invited to become an independent Conference in Student Bridge League (S.B.L). In 2012 RYB became accredited as meeting the “Standards of Excellence” of the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. In April of 2016, Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. will enter a four man (actually three young ladies and one young man) team from McQueen High School in the American Contract Bridge League District 21 High School Team Championship tournament in Burlingame, California.   Here are a few of the people who contribute their time and energy to make Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. one of the most successful youth programs in America. (Click on Image to see enlargement)


Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. Board Of Directors

 

Kathy Lane, Founder & Director:

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I had the pleasure to join with Grace Martin and Bud Brewer to form Reno Youth Bridge.  As an active bridge teacher, I was well aware that the average age of bridge players was rising and there were few programs available for our youth to learn and play the game.  Since that time, with the support of the offices of the Washoe County School District Superintendent, we have seen hundreds of young people paticipate in intramural and National ACBL Tournaments.  The game has been shown to enhance academic skills and to be a part of this is most enjoyable.  I am particularly proud of those students who have made bridge an active part of their lives and compliment those parents who support them.

 

 

 

 

Jefri Donovan, President & Director:

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Jefri Donovan has been elected President and a Member of the Board of Directors of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc.  She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and attended the University of Washington where she earned a degree in exercise physiology and education.  She spent the next thirty-one years teaching high school in a suburb of Seattle.  The last ten years of her teaching career was spent as a high school athletic director.  Jefri claims her passions in life are bridge, outdoor activities of any kind or variety and, college football.  Go Huskies!!  She earned her Master’s degree in January, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Susan Powell, Treasurer, Director, Instructor:

bioMy grandma was an avid bridge player.  When I was ten, she invited me and two of my cousin to stay with her for one week to learn bridge.  We were hooked.  After that, we wanted to play 24/7 but non of our friends played so I played very infrequently growing up.  In 1998, my husband got an assignment to Yokota AFB, Japan.  It was there that I befgan playing on a regular basis.  Every Friday there was a party bridge game.  After returning to the States, I was not able to find many friends who played bridge, but in June of 2013, my husband retired from the Air Force and we moved to Reno.  Once here, I decided to search for a bridge group and stumbled upon the Reno Bridge Center. They had a youth teaching program and I knew that this would be a perfect place for me to volunteer.  I had  been a high school math teacher for ten years and this would allow me to combine my teaching experience with my love for bridge.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Kellermyer, Director, Instructor: 

Virginia cropI was born in Louisiana and spent my teens as an “air force brat” after my mother remarried an air force sergeant.  At 16, I was force-fed bridge by my boyfriend’s parents who needed another pair to play bridge at the NCO Club at Barksdale AFB.  Naturally, we were drafted and being obedient teens never dreamed of saying no.  The bridge we were taught was atrocious, but it sparked an interest in the game. After graduation from high school I abandoned bridge until I was about 24, but then embraced it with a passion.  Learning from experts willing to share, teachers, and fellow players I climbed the ranks of bridge.  I moved with my husband and four children to Reno in 1980, and although there were tread marks behind our car where my husband had to drag me away from a very full and happy life in Los Angeles, I cannot now imagine living anywhere else.  I spent 25 years as a legal assistant with a prominent law firm in Reno until I retired in 2013.  I was one of the infamous “returning mothers” who attended UNR in my 40’s earning a bachelors, masters, and part of a Ph.D. before deciding enough!  Currently, I have the pleasure of teaching  various groups, mentoring certain players, and answering any questions put to me.  I love it all.  The students who are members of Reno Youth Bridge are special treasures enthusiastically embracing bridge among many other pursuits, both artistic, athletic, and scholastic. Reno Youth Bridge is an remarkable organization and I feel honored to be a part of it.

 

LecClier Kelly, Director

Leclair KellI was born and raised in the Denver, Colorado area.  I received an engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines, and worked for over 25 years as a chemical engineer. I have three children and two stepchildren.  My kids are very musical and I spent lots of time when they were little taking them to various lessons and watching them perform.  All the hard work practicing paid off for my daughter, who now makes her living as a piano teacher in San Francisco!  After taking several vacations to this area, my husband and I moved to Reno in 2013.  I’ve always enjoyed playing all sorts of games in my free time, but I’ve only been playing duplicate bridge since 2016.  I look forward to helping spread the great fun of bridge to young players here in Reno!

 

 

 

David Weinberg, IT Consultant:

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David is an adviser and IT consultant for the Reno Youth Bridge Board of Directors. He served as a Board Member and Instructor for several years during the early growth of the company while living in Reno and is the author of the administrative data management program used by the Company for its day to day operations.  He is an accomplished Duplicate Bridge Teacher and player having also authored one of the lesson plans in use for beginning students.  David lives and works out of London England since his transfer there in 2015.