ACBL District 21 From the Golden Gate
to the Silver City
Speaker Program

To encourage more participation in your upcoming sectionals, unit games, or special events, District 21 has instituted a program whereby Units may request matching funds of up to $300 per calendar year to pay for unit functions featuring a speaker. Below you will find a current list of approved speakers with a short bio on each. To contact one of these speakers for an event, please contact the chair of the Speaker Program - Lori Spaeth ( to make sure your event qualifies. If you have a speaker in mind who is not on this list, prior approval must be obtained from the chair. Likewise, if anyone wishes to be added to the list, please let Lori know. Reimbursements must be requested with receipts for expenditures post-event to Lori Spaeth.

Speaker fees vary from individual to individual and will depend on preparation and time commitment.

We hope you take advantage of this great program! For more information, please contact Lori Spaeth at

Approved Speakers

Current list of approved speakers (listed alphabetically):

Cris Barrere
Cris is a professional educator and semi-professional bridge player from the East Bay. Cris teaches private groups, provides individual playing lessons, and gives the popular Truffle Talk series for the Oakland Unit.
Bruce Blakely
Bruce is a member of the ACBL Board of Directors and represents the USA, Canada, and Mexico on the World Bridge Federation's Executive Council. He is a popular teacher who gives both group and private lessons. His focus is on intermediate bridge players and tournament players who are interested in improving their game.
Nancy Boyd
Nancy is a National Director for ACBL who runs rules seminars as well as director courses. Does your Unit need new directors or a refresher on the rules?
Bob Crossley
Bob is a Grand Life Master who has been playing bridge since he was 7 years old (he comes from a bridge family with many bridge accomplishments). Bob resides and works in Marin County, and has many overall placings in National Tournaments. He has taught and directed on many bridge cruises.
Bob Etter
Bob is a former professional football player for the NFL who now teaches mathematics at California State University in Sacramento. Bob has won two national bridge championships and is a Grand Life Master.
Bob Garrett
Bob is a bridge player and historian from Gardnerville, Nevada, who has put together a wonderful presentation on the past 75 years of the ACBL. Bob has taken his presentation on the road by popular demand.
Jennifer Jones
Jennifer is the author of Losing Trick Count and Losing Trick Count, Vol. II and has written for the ACBL Bridge Bulletin. She has authored the popular bridge blog, Jennbridge ( for six years, teaches classes, and was a celebrity speaker at the San Francisco NABC. She is a retired attorney and Diamond Life Master and lives in Santa Rosa.
Vicki Lerner
Vicki Lerner has been a professional bridge player and teacher for more than 15 years and is well-known in the Bay Area.
Jim Leuker
Jim is a professional bridge teacher in the Bay Area. He offers group lessons and private lessons. He has been teaching players at all levels for 25 years. He is a popular director on bridge cruises. He is a Gold Life Master. Most recently he served as Chairman of the Fall 2012 NABC in San Francisco.
Billy Miller
Billy is a bridge professional, living in Las Vegas, but with close ties to the Bay Area. Billy has many ACBL wins to his credit, and is the author of the popular Dear Billy column in the monthly ACBL Bulletin. Billy will regale you with amusing tales from the road while giving helpful hints along the way.
Debbie Rosenberg
Debbie is an ACBL Grand Life Master, and a three-time world champion, with several NABC wins and a victory in the Cavendish teams. Debbie is an accomplished teacher who especially loves teaching play of the hand. Debbie has 25 years experience teaching bridge players of all levels.
Gene Simpson
Gene is a bridge professional (one of the friendliest, if not the friendliest) from Marin County who has amassed over 27,000 masterpoints.
Frank Smoot
Frank is a popular teacher from the Palo Alto unit, with over 15 years experience teaching beginners and intermediates. His wonderful sense of humor and common-sense style keeps his students coming back again and again.
Kit Woolsey
Kit is an author of many well-regarded bridge books and bridge theory. He is Grand Life Master who is a member of the ACBL Hall of Fame, having won the 1986 Rosenblum Cup world teams championship, as well as multiple ACBL national championships. He is also an expert backgammon player.
Edmund Wu
Ed represented the United States in the 2014 World Youth Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. Ed has lectured to groups of students (land and sea), privately tutored individuals, and provided partnership play and lessons. Ed teaches at his alma mater, Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco.