Reno Youth Bridge is funded by individuals and charitable foundations that want to support the teaching of bridge in the Washoe County School District. Reno Youth Bridge has estimated that the cost to teach and support each school participating in the program will cost approximately $1900.00 and 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 (SBL). In September of 2012, Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. became accredited as meeting the “Standards of Excellence” of the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra.
Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, has been teaching bridge for many years. In addition to the Reno Youth Bridge schools that have signed up for after school lessons, Kathy teaches adults who are interested in learning or improving their game. She is a long term Reno resident and serves as Director for afternoon and evening Bridge games at the Reno Bridge Center. She is ranked as a Silver Life Master with the ACBL.
Molly Rakestraw, also a long time resident of Reno and environs, serves as Corporate Secretary for Reno Youth Bridge. She too teaches adults who are interested in learning how to play the game of Bridge.
Bud Brewer is Managing Director and Treasurer of Reno Youth Bridge. He was a principal member responsible for initiating the after school bridge teaching program at the Washoe County School District in 2008 and serves as consultant to the ACBL Youth Bridge Committee. He is an ACBL Silver Life Master
Dan is an avid bridge player fast approaching the rank of Gold Life Master. He and his wife Pat have been teaching Reno middle school youth for two years. Dan currently helps the volunteer teachers in three of the Washoe County middle school’s classes, Cold Springs, Sparks Middle Schools and AACT High School. Dan also is a former member of the Reno ACBL Unit Board.
John Barber is a graduate of Union College. He worked for GE in a variety of positions within their software and services businesses. He spent 3 years in Japan working in a GE joint venture with Dentsu, and also started another JV with NEC while in Japan. In the early 1990s, John was General Manager, GEnie, GEs consumer online business. He left GE in 1996 to join AOL as VP, Japan. Working with partners Mitsui and Nikkei, he built AOL-Japan, served as VP American Chamber of Commerce-Japan, and as VP, Public Policy-Japan for Time Warner. John retired in 2003 to Reno, NV, and volunteered as a Score counselor and was an active member of Sierra Angels. He currently serves on the Board of the Reno Youth Bridge.
David is a software Engineer at Intuit here in Reno. He studied Computer Science and Engineering at Ohio State University. David is the Reno Youth Bridge volunteer teacher at Davidson Academy here in Reno. David is an avid teacher of the game of Bridge to students having authored new Lesson Plans for the use of WCSD volunteer teachers. He is well respected for his skill at the bridge table and has recently earned the rank of “Bronze Life Master”.