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Patty Tucker

I began playing bridge in 1965 at the age of eleven and played in my first tournament a year later.

A familiar face at national and regional tournaments, I earned national recognition upon winning the North American Open Pairs National Championship with my long-time partner, Kevin Collins.

During the last thirteen years, I have devoted more time to teaching. Though I still enjoy playing, there is a deep satisfaction in passing on to others my joy in the game of bridge.

Major Accomplishments:

Evelyn Gilliard

A retired college professor in Early Childhood and a Gifted Education Consultant, Evelyn believes in the value of learning bridge for children. A Silver Life Master and ACBL Accredited Teacher, she hopes to share her love of bridge with her students.

Bob Jones

I have been playing bridge in the Atlanta Area since the late 1980s. I now regularly play at tournaments. My recent accomplishments include winning a regional event in Birmingham and qualifying to play in the North American Open Pairs in Detroit. I enjoy my role teaching and am proud of the accomplishments of our program. I live with my wife, Carol, of 20 years and my two sons in Acworth, GA.

Marty Nathan

Marty Nathan is a semi-retired CPA who began teaching bridge several years ago while living in Hilton Head, SC. He now is a popular teacher in the Atlanta area. He played his first duplicate game as a teenager but gave up competitive bridge before college. After a long break he resumed duplicate bridge in 2000. He won the Georgia Open Pairs in 2004 with fellow AJB teacher Maureen McGuire and was District 7 champion in the 2001 Instant Matchpoint Game. His team finished second in the 2005 Mini-Spingold held at the 2005 Atlanta NABC.

Marty’s contributions to local bridge go beyond AJB. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta. He is currently secretary of ACBL Unit 114, which covers most of Georgia. In 2005 District 7 of the ACBL chose Marty as a member of its Goodwill Committee. He also is an ACBL Accredited Teacher and popular local ACBL club director.

Marty lives in Sandy Springs with his wife Patty. They have two grown sons; Marty’s biggest bridge regret is that neither plays his favorite game!

Lola Sliom

We were all born and raised in South Africa and we came to the United States in 1977.

I played duplicate in South Africa, but when we came to the United States I started from scratch. I am a Bronze Life Master and an ACBL Accredited Teacher and Director.

I enjoy teaching and have done so for many years. In El Paso Cyril and I started a mentoring program which is flourishing.

We teach on cruises and have done so for about 5 years.

Barbara Soza

I am a life-long whist player, but discovered bridge shortly after taking early retirement in 2001. I now love the game of bridge because it helps my memory and affords me the opportunity to meet and socialize with an array of interesting people. I am now introducing young people to this great game that will also give them the opportunity to meet new friends, sharpen their math, memory, and social skills. I started teaching bridge during the summer of 2006 and continue to work with students in after-school programs. I enjoy the game immensely and look forward to many years of playing and teaching.

Joanne Urvan

I have lived in Georgia since 1983 with my husband and four children. We lived in Dunwoody for one year and then moved to Roswell. I own my own interior landscape business.

I have played bridge since 1956 in both college and while working doing chemical, spectrographic and metallurgical analysis for private companies. My teacher earned a master's degree at 18 years old and was a strict taskmaster but taught Goren.

Having played on and off over these many years both duplicate and social, last year I decided to take lessons to update my knowledge.

As an individual and a family, we have been involved in many volunteer activities including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Recycling Center, the Equestrian Center, PTA programs, the library, the Master Gardeners, the election process, and now teaching young children a game I love. I believe life-long learning keeps you vibrant and working with children a joy.