Board Members

CBE Board Members
Board Bios
CBE President - Jim Leuker

CBE President – Jim Leuker

Jim is a full-time bridge teacher at clubs around the Bay Area as well as on cruise ships. He is a passionate advocate for youth bridge. He learned to play bridge in the student union at University of Wisconsin, so he remembers what it takes to get started as a player. Jim participates in bridge administration. He is a past president of SF Unit 506 and is the incoming president of District 21. He served as chairman of the SF Fall 2012 NABC.


Deborah Murphy

Deborah Murphy:

Deborah is a very popular bridge teacher in San Francisco.  She was the treasurer of the American Bridge Teacher’s Association for a number of years.



Lauren Friedman

Lauren has served as CBE’s treasurer since the organization’s inception in 2007. Professionally she was the CFO at Silicon Valley Bank and a managing director at Bank of America. She is a gold life master.

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Marion Robertson

Marion is a former President of ACBL District 21.She is the current President of the Western Conference consisting of Districts 17, 21 and 22. She loves teaching bridge at Lowell High School and before that at the Chinese American International School, and six of her students attended the Youth Bridge Tournament at the Chicago NABC in 2015.

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Deborah Drysdale

Deborah was taught to play bridge at age 10 by her grandmother, played every summer after that, and all through college. She then took a 45+ year break for career (Family therapist in private practice, social justice advocate) and family. (2 sons).  When she heard about duplicate bridge from a friend in 2012, Deborah gleefully began playing again and became a shameless recruiter of kids and families to the game. She teaches bridge to students (and their parents) at the Chinese American School.
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Richard Bellerose

Richard was the founder of CBE and served on its board for many years. He has returned to the board after taking a break. He created the HandzTM game and worked with many of our alum to make it what it is today. He is also a member of the unit 506 board.

William Zhu at Vassar College

William was an early player at the CBE-sponsored club at Lowell High School. Upon graduation, he played in the Youth Games in Toronto, Canada. He has since played in many NABC tournaments. William played on the USA2 team in the 2014 World Junior Championships in Istanbul and on the winning team in the Mini-Spingold event at the 2016 NABC in Washington, D.C. William has been an exceptional mentor to young players.

Liz Koh

Liz fell in love with Bridge soon after her friend introduced her to the game. Playing Bridge has been a wonderful way for Liz to meet new friends whenever she moved to a new city. She volunteered for several roles in international women’s clubs, and organized several social Bridge groups. Liz was an investment banker in London. Through the CBE, Liz has taught Bridge to kids at the Chinese American International School and Aptos Middle School.