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Currently, there are 25 geographically defined districts as shown on the map on the left. The 25 districts have been combined into 13 regions (district boundaries remain unchanged). By 2024, the 13 regions will have one representative on the ACBL Board of Directors, and the districts will no longer be individually represented. During the transition period, regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 11 have elected a regional representative while the other remaining districts continue to have a representative on the Board.
Our 300+ units supervise and promote bridge within their boundaries. They have the exclusive right to host sectionals in their territory and may conduct other special games such as unit championships. Each unit receives a share of ACBL membership fees. We encourage units to use these fees for programs to increase membership and enhance the enjoyment of the game for all members.
When applying for a charter and to remain a unit in good standing, a unit must agree to comply with ACBL Bylaws, rules and regulations.
District and Unit Websites
(Unit websites are listed under their corresponding district)
- District 1
- District 2
- District 3
- District 4
- District 5
- District 6
- District 7
- District 8
- District 9
- District 10
- District 11
- District 12
- District 13
- District 14
- District 15
- District 16
- District 17
- District 18
- District 19
- District 20
- District 21
- District 22
- District 23
- District 24
- District 25
Support for Units
ACBL’s Board of Directors supervise and regulate the business, property and affairs of the ACBL, except as otherwise expressly provided by law, the Certificate of Incorporation, or the ACBL Bylaws. The Board is the ACBL’s legislative body with responsibility for approving an overall budget, determining policy for the ACBL, and establishing the regulations for tournaments and play.
The Board employs an executive director to manage and conduct ACBL business in accordance with the budget, policies and regulations established by the Board of Directors.
The Board is currently being reorganized. By 2024, the 13 regions of the ACBL will have one representative on the Board, and the districts will no longer be individually represented. However, during this transition period, eight regions have elected a regional representative while the other remaining districts continue to have a representative on the Board. All district directors will be able to serve out the remainder of their term in office.
From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Board Committees: Bridge, ByLaws, Governance, Hall of Fame Liaison
Bridge experience: Platinum LM
Volunteer service: ACBL Board of Governors 1990-1993, ACBL Board of Directors 1994-2008, ACBL Educational Foundation 1998-2002, Non-playing captain (NPC) of several Canadian junior teams between 1999-2005 including 10th World Youth Bridge Championships, Sydney, Australia, 2005 (Silver Medal)
Career/professional activities: Retired Investor
Education: B.A. McGill University, 1973; M.B.A. University of Western Ontario, 1982
Hobbies and interests: Photography, Swimming, Travelling
Family: Two senior cats, Scooter & Prince
Region 2: D24, D25
From: Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA
Board Committees: Strategic, Bridge, ByLaws, Committees and Communications Task Force
Bridge experience: ACBL member since 1969. Grand Life Master
Volunteer service: US Bridge Federation (USBF) Director – Jan 2019 to present
District 25 Director – Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
District 25 President – Jan 2014 to Dec 2015
District 25 Vice President – Jan 2012 – Dec 2013
D25 GNT/NAP Coordinator – Jan 2001-Dec 2012
Chairman, ACBL-wide NAP/GNT Coordinators Forum 2011 – 2015
Unit 108 (EMBA) President – Jan 2007- Dec 2008
Unit 108 (EMBA) Board Member – Jan 1983- Dec 2008
Career/professional activities: Procter & Gamble /Gillette/Polaroid – Retired 2014
25 yrs Manufacturing and Technical Operations
Global Best Practices and Re-Organizational Optimization Committees
Twice Chosen to be Dean of P&G’s Technical Engineering School (2011 & 2013)
PlyGems – >7 yrs Marketing – Programs upped sales 42% without lowering prices
US Army – 5 years active duty as a junior officer. Diversified international leadership experience.
Education: B.S., Chemistry, MIT, M.S., Engineering Management, Northeastern University
Hobbies: Swimming, singing, reading, most sports
Family: Married to Silver Life Master Susan, who I met at the bridge table in 1980! 3 adult children, and 3 grandchildren, ages 5, 4, and 2.
From: Annandale, Virginia
Board committees: Appeals and Charges, Governance/Board Operations, Executive Director Review, Transition Taskforce, Tournament Taskforce
Bridge experience: I have been playing for 35 years. My proudest achievements include three top ten finishes in NABC+/NABC Events (Open BAM, Mixed Pairs, and 10k Swiss), two with my husband and favorite partner.
Volunteer service: Unit Board Member, 12 years; Unit Vice President, six years; Unit President, 1999-2001; District Vice President 2005; District President, 2005-06; District 6 Representative to the MABC, 1998-2006; District Director since 2011; Co-Chair of D.C. NABC, 1993; Chair of D.C. NABCs, 2002, 2009 and 2016; Regional TC 1989-2010; Sectional TC 1989-Current; Managing Editor, D6 TableTALK publication, 2002-Current.
Career/professional activities: Systems analyst for 33 years with a not-for-profit company working for the federal government. Requirements, workflow, best practices analysis; acquisition training, support; budget reporting.
Education: BA, American Univ; Russian Lang Certification, Univ of Toronto; MA & Russian Inst Certification, Indiana University; SW Eng Certification, GWU; Project Mgt Professional (PMP) from ’05.
Hobbies and interests: Wine, cooking, fine and fun dining with friends, offering wine and food tastings for auction through not-for-profit organizations, reading, working in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Family: Widowed. Stepson, daughter-in-law and granddaughter living on the West Coast.
From: Plainwell, Michigan
Region 5: Districts 12, 13 and 14
Board committees: Appeals and Charges, Bridge, Masterpoints
Bridge experience: I learned bridge while watching my parents play rubber bridge with other bridge playing couples. I have been a member of the ACBL since 1973. My proudest achievement is making the finals in the Blue Ribbon pairs during the Providence NABC.
Volunteer service: Western Michigan Unit Board President, 1986-present; District 12 Board Member, 1986-present (three terms as President; four terms as Vice President); District 12 First Alternate, one term; member, National Goodwill and Charity Committees and elected trustee to the ACBL Educational Foundation; co-chair of seven ACBL regional tournaments.
Other: Active in unit mentoring programs, bridge teacher in private group sessions. Directed bridge games in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
Career/professional activities: I have work experience in the auto service industry and in retail book sales. However, my career was in the steel industry, working 25 years at Hascall Steel.
Education: B.A. inBusiness Administration, Western Michigan University.
Hobbies and interests: Golf and board games (especially Dune and Settlers of Catan).
Family: I met my wife, Susan, in 1977 at the Lansing, MI Sectional held Thanksgiving weekend. We were married in March 1978. Our son, Taylor, was born in December 1979. We had a daughter in October 1981, who is deceased. My mother, Darlene (former secretary of Unit 195), continues to play bridge now in Oklahoma City, where she moved from Florida to live with my brother, Bob. A sister in Florida has returned to bridge after a long absence, and a brother in California is trying to increase and improve his bridge playing. I have two other non-bridge playing siblings.
Board Committees: Bridge, Bylaws and Governance
Bridge experience: Joined the league in 1980. Member Goodwill Committee since 1988 and Charity Committee Since 1995
Volunteer service: From 1983-present in bridge. Co-Chair of Gatlinburg, Co -Chair two Atlanta NABCs
ACBL Educational Foundation 2012-2022 past president
Numerous Sectionals, numerous district offices and committees and presidency
Career/professional activities: Southern Association Evaluator of Middle School Curriculums, Technology Librarian Taught K-12 as well as Jr. College and Public Librarian
Education: M.S Library Science
Hobbies and interests: Love games of all types especially word games such as Words with Friends and Boogle and travel
Family: My husband, Bob, former President of the ACBL, 2 children, 9 grandchildren
Region 7: Districts 8, 10, 11
Bridge experience: Joined ACBL in 1975, when in college. Represented University of Alabama-Huntsville in National Intercollegiate Bridge Tournament (1978). Played professionally (part-time) in 1980s. Took 1990s off while coaching youth baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer. Played sporadically in 2000s. Began playing more again after retiring (2013). Won 2013 NABC+ Fast Pairs; 2 NABC+ 2nds; 15+ top 5s; WBF World Master.
Volunteer service: Unit 232 Rep to District 10; District 10 Recorder (4 years); Vice-President (4 years); President (2019-present); BoG (2016-2021); First Alternate District 10 Director (2018-2021)
Other: Retired Missile Defense Scientist/Manager. Participated in several national defense expert panels.
Career/professional activities:Retired Missile Defense Scientist/Manager. Participated in several national defense expert panels.
Education: B.S. Mathematics, UAH (1977); Graduate work in Math and Operations Research, UAH, (1977-78)
Hobbies and interests: Fantasy baseball and football, trivia (esp., sports, rock ‘n’ roll, and history), traveling, cooking, walking.
Family: Wife, Cindy (Diamond Life Master), 2 children, 1 grandchild, 2 cats: Muggsy and Romeo.
From: Boynton Beach, Florida
Board committees: Governance, Transition Taskforce, Tournament Taskforce
Bridge experience: I started playing bridge while attending Vanderbilt University, representing Vanderbilt in the Inter-collegiate competition.
Volunteer service: Served in every capacity in District 9 and Florida Unit 128, including President, Vice President, and Secretary. I have volunteered around duplicate bridge since 1971. I previously served on the National Disciplinary Committee (Chair), Goodwill Committee. Volunteer of the Year- District 9, First Alternate District 9 Director, Member- Board of Governors District 9.
Career/professional activities: Member of the Florida Bar (since 1979). Former Chief Circuit Judge, Chief Assistant State’s Attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender. Former: Special Magistrate for Monroe County and The City of Key West. Mediator. I was a licensed Real Estate Broker.
Education: BA – Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, JD- University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL.
Hobbies and interests: Travel, Movies, and Foodie
Family: Married to Bryan Armstrong, 2 dogs- Cooper and Dash
From: Houston, Texas
Board committees: Governance, Strategic, Honorary Member, and Minutes
Bridge experience: Joined ACBL in October 2005 and currently a Ruby Life Master with over 2000 masterpoints.
Volunteer service: Served on the Unit 174 Board from April 2008 thru April 2014 with two years as President and two years as Vice-President. Serving as Education Chair for D16 since 2010 and served as D16 President in 2015. Member of the National Goodwill Committee since 2010. Volunteer as Club Manager for Apple DBC in Houston and the Unit 174 Club.
Other: Volunteer with Executive Service Corps Houston since 2005 as a management consultant to nonprofits in the greater Houston area. Practice areas include Strategic Planning, Business Planning, Executive Leadership Coaching and Organizational Development. Served on many businesses, government and nonprofit boards over the past 35 years.
Career/professional activities: Employed by Shell Oil Company for 33 years starting as a Chemical Engineer. Served in management for 23 years and named Vice-President – Technology in 1998 and retired as Chief Information Officer for Shell Oil Products in 2002.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 1969.
Hobbies and interests: Avid reader, love to travel and to cook.
Family: Divorced, two children and two grandchildren who also live in Houston.
From: Tucson, AZ
Region 10: D17
Board committees: Governance, Strategic, Executive Director Review
Bridge experience: Joined the ACBL in 2011. Life master, 2019.
Inspirational bridge moment: While playing in my first NLM regional, the then local unit president stated that we were the future of bridge. I thought, “yes we are and yes I can.” Years later as Unit 356 president, I had that the opportunity to inspire new players with those very words.
Volunteer service: Unit 356 president, publicity chair and NLM representative. Editor, D17 electronic newsletter, The Buzz.
Career/professional activities: Financial editor, marketing manager/director, marketing consultant specializing in 501(c)(3) organizations. Public relations coordinator, American Cancer Society.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University.
Hobbies and interests: off the bridge table, an avid reader organizing and participating in a neighborhood book club. Exercise, cooking and entertaining.
Family: Married to Jack, a recent IBM retiree. Two children, Matt and Bob.
From: Rancho Mirage CA
Region 11: D22, D23
Board committees: Finance, Governance, Audit, Bylaws, Credentials
Bridge experience: Played in clubs and a few tournaments from 1980 to 1985 after learning in college in the early 60’s. Got back to club/tournament play in early part of 2,000s. Favorite memory-winning our district flight B GNT in a 56 final board match and winning by 1 imp.
Volunteer service: Bridge-District Board since 2011; District Treasurer since 2013; District President 2014 & 2015; along with my wife Nance and help from our local unit, created and managed the Palm Springs NLM Regional in 2015 and 2016, managed the Palm Springs Regional in 2015 and 2016. Non Bridge-volunteer pilot for LIGA, Doctors of Mercy, flying doctors, nurses, other volunteers and medical supplies into Mexican township to provide basic medical care to thousands of non insured Mexicans; WBC (Los Angeles childrens fundraising group), Vail Jazz Festival (supports youth musical achievements).
Career/professional activities: Career-founder of an office furniture dealership in Southern California; CPA; CFO for a regional public company; Contract CFO, CEO for a variety of companies.
Education: BS UCLA,1965; alumni UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Hobbies and interests: Fishing, flying, golf, travel.
Family: Nance, 4 kids, 2 grandkids.
From: Lafayette, California
Region 12: D20, D21
Board committees: Appeals & Charges, Governance/Board Operations, Strategic and NABC Review
Bridge experience: I joined the ACBL on September 9, 2009. I didn’t play in a duplicate game until 2010. My proudest moment was earning Life Master in 2013.
Volunteer service: I have been Tournament Chair for four sectionals and served as the Membership Chair, Vice President and President of Unit 499. I have served as a District Representative on the District 21 Board. I was the Prize Chair for the 2016 Reno NABC.
Career/professional activities: Spent 8+ years working for County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in accounting, human resources and grants management. Spent 22+ years working for Central Contra Costa Sanitary District in grants management and community relations.
Education: Bachelors in English; Masters in Public Administration
Hobbies and interests: Travel, puzzles, computer games, visiting museums, and enjoying our condo at Lake Tahoe
Family: Married to Jim Zayac for 33 years. One son, Michael, is 26.
Board Committees: Appeals and Charges, Strategic, Codification work group, Communications work group
Bridge experience: Joined ACBL in 2004. Played social bridge until retirement in 2008; club and tournament play since. Enjoy playing at least one NABC every year.
Volunteer service: Seattle U446 board member (6 years), Treasurer, President, and Tournament Sites Committee Chair; District 19 board member (6 years), NAP Coordinator, and GNT Coordinator; D19 2nd and 1st Alternate.
Other: United Way of King County (WA), Junior Achievement Project Business, other community activities.
Career/professional activities: Engineer, manager, and executive management during 32-year career with The Boeing Company.
Education: Undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, graduate degrees from Univ. of Southern California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hobbies and interests: Bridge, travel, gardening, reading.
Family: Wife Renae, daughter, three grandchildren
Board committees: Strategic and Governance
Bridge experience: Play at local club and tournaments. Attend many NABC During Pandemic started to play on BBO. 1200 MP
Volunteer service: Previously: Unit Board Member, I/N Chair for 3 NABC in Toronto, Education and School Bridge Coordinator for Unit 166 and District 2, Board Member of ACBL Educational Foundation
Other: Previously: Halton District School Board Trustee
Currently: President, Halton Hills Quilt Guild, Town of Milton theatre volunteer, Friends of Killbear board member
Career/professional activities: Elementary School Teacher
Education: B.A., B. of Ed.
Hobbies and interests: Bridge, quilting, canoeing, hiking, camping, dogs
Family: Married. 4 sons. 6 grandchildren.
From: White Plains NY
Board committees: Bridge, Finance, Audit and Executive Director Review
Bridge experience: Certified Director, Emerald Life Master.
Volunteer service: Unit C&E Committee, District Appeals Chair, District Board member, District Treasurer, District Youth Bridge(501 (c)3) Director and Treasurer.
Other: Board member and Chair of several not for profit charities, private school boards and social organizations.
Career/professional activities: Retired Citibank and Dime Bancorp executive formerly responsible for supervision of western U.S. lending; worldwide credit and risk management; former director of Citicorp USA, Citibank International; President and director of Dime Consulting Group.
Education: B.A. Columbia College, M.A. Columbia University.
Hobbies and interests: Bridge, travel, exercise, reading.
Family: Wife Kassie, two children, two stepchildren, eight grandchildren.
From: Pennington, NJ
Board Committees: ACBL Treasurer, Finance (Chair), Governance/Board Operations, Tournament Taskforce
Bridge experience: I joined the ACBL in 1976. My proudest achievements are eight NABC wins and three world medals. Enjoying a busy bridge teaching career. Proud to have been nominated for the 2016 ABTA Teacher of the Year.
Volunteer service: Unit 141 and District 4 board member for more years than I can remember, serving as Unit 141 treasurer, Unit 141 President and District 4 President. Webmaster and Publicity Chair for District 4.Fast Results bulletins and slide shows for all District 4 Regional tournaments. Entertainment chair of 1996 Philadelphia NABC. Co-chair of 2010 WBF tournament in Philadelphia. Co-Chair of 2012 Philadelphia NABC and 2018 Philadelphia NABC.
Career/professional activities: President of Spirit Financial, a non-profit organization for 30+ years before retiring in 2010.
Education: B.A. Villanova University.
Hobbies and interests: Travel, wine, food, theater, puzzles, British mysteries and teaching on bridge cruises.
Family: Married for 35 years to husband and bridge partner, Bob. Four sons, four daughter-in-laws and ten grandchildren.
Bridge Experience: I learned bridge in college by reading Sheinwold’s Five Weeks to Winning Bridge with some friends. We fed ourselves playing money bridge in SF at private clubs. Then we discovered duplicate bridge! After a hiatus for work and family, I returned to duplicate. High points have been meeting my husband when he joined my GNT team, developing trusting partnerships and mentoring rising stars.
Volunteer service: Unit 241 Educational Foundation board member, Unit 241 board and GNT Chair, Mentoring program, Tournament committees; District 14 GNT Chair, Vice-President, BOG; ACBL Charity Committee
Other: President, American Association of University Professors, NE, where we introduced “The Red Book” to all post -secondary institutions in the state with a well-attended conference for administrators.
Boards of The Nature Conservancy, NE and the American Civil Liberties Union, NE.
Career/professional activities: Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska at Omaha Founding Director, Faculty Development Program, UNO Program evaluator for many federal grants in higher education and in medicine and special education
Statistician for successful gender salary equity case in higher education, developed and taught model for such cases for the AAUP
Education: B.A., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Measurement, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hobbies and interests: Bridge, travel, cooking, walking and easy hiking.
Family: Married to Mike Liddy, raised our blended family of 8 children and 1 grandchild, and now have 9 grandchildren.
From: San Jose CA
District 21: Northern California and part of Northern Nevada
Board committees: Bylaws, Governance and Strategy
Bridge experience: Learned in college; my second hand was a grand slam that made with much help from the kibitzers. Have been playing competitive bridge since 1979. Currently a Sapphire LM. Most memorable hand was when I held Kx,-,AKxxxxxxxxx,- and laid down the world’s best dummy at 7D, which made on the opening lead. Most memorable event was playing in the Spingold circa 1998 against the Schwartz team. We faced Cohen and Berkowitz in the first quarter, who moved to the other table for the 2nd quarter. My partner and I were not relieved when Michael Rosenberg and Zia sat down at our table. We kept it close for the first half.
Volunteer service: A unit board member since 1997. A district board member since 2004. An ACBL Board of Governor’s member since 2007. Past President of unit and Past President of district.
Other: Served on committee for large bicycle touring events and also smaller biking events for the local club.
Career/professional activities: Worked as a software performance analyst and later in software quality assurance at IBM..
Education: BS in Math, Caltech; MA and C.Phil in Math, UCLA.
Hobbies and interests: Bicycling, music, literature, fitness, chess. A long time bicyclist, having logged 194,000 miles.
Family: My wife Ruth, who recently learned bridge and is getting better and better now.
The Advisory Council (AC), formerly known as the Board of Governors, composed primarily of three members from each district, reviews reports of actions taken by the Board of Directors.
Residence: Tucson AZ (District 17)
ACBL Positions: Advisory Council (Chair), Masterpoint Committee (Chair), Laws Commission
Bridge experience: I read Goren’s Bridge Complete when I was nine but didn’t start playing until about twenty years later. I took up the game seriously in 1998; I also soon became a part-time club tournament director and club manager. After taking more than a decade off for work I returned to the game in 2015. Currently a ruby life master. No great highlights yet but I have represented my district in the Grand National Teams in flights C, B, and A.
Volunteer service: I joined my unit and then district boards in 2017; soon thereafter I was elected 2nd alternate from District 21. When I moved to Tucson I became 2nd, then 1st, alternate from District 17. Elected Board of Governors (now Advisory Council) Chair in 2020. Also a member of the Board of the NABF.
Career/professional Activities: I’ve held more jobs than I can count including management consultant, director of training and education, census taker, field operations supervisor, tax preparer, wildlife surveyor, poker player, and waiter. Now in addition to teaching bridge lessons I run my own tutoring business focused on graduate admission exams (LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, and GRE).
Education: Math and economics at University of Michigan; law at UC Berkeley.
Hobbies and Interests: Birding, travel (I’ve been to every US state, every Canadian province, and 70 countries), and far too much bridge.
Family: One son; single.
Advisory Council Committees
Committees assist ACBL by recommending policy, actions or alternatives for Board deliberations. There are five types of committees: Committees of the Board, Committees of the Corporation, Special Committees, Management Committees, and Other ACBL Bodies.
ACBL Laws Commission
The ACBL Laws Commission, in cooperation with the laws committee of the World Bridge Federation, prepares the laws under which both duplicate and rubber bridge games are governed. The commission consists of between nine and 15 members appointed by the president of ACBL with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Competition and Conventions Committee
The ACBL Competition and Conventions Committee reviews conventions, convention charts, the alert procedure, convention cards, conditions of contest and any other competitive aspect of bridge. Recommended proposals for change are forwarded to the ACBL Board of Directors for approval.
Ethical Oversight Committee
The Ethical Oversight Committee acts upon charges brought by ACBL Management as the ACBL disciplinary body in cases of alleged cheating by the use of signals, other unauthorized information, other forms of cheating, or serious breaches of ethics, in accordance with the ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations. League Counsel, the ACBL President and the District Director (for the district of the person charged) are to be notified of a decision to hold an ethical oversight hearing.
Aileen Osofsky Goodwill Committee
The ACBL Goodwill Committee was organized in 1955 with John E. Simon as chair and Louise Durham as co-chair. Aileen Osofsky became chair in 1985 and has expanded the committee’s endeavors, taking on the promotion of active ethics, awareness of those with disabilities such as hearing loss, support for junior programs and naming of a goodwill member of the year.