Board Members

CBE Board Members
  • Board Member - Gail Gabioti
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.


Gail Gabiati

In past lives, Gail was an attorney and a grant writer for non profit law firms. Today, she helps her husband run their family business, but Gail is most happy at the bridge table, cooking lunches for the monthly Unit games, and hiking in the Sierras with a good novel in her backpack. She is a member of the San Francisco Unit Board.


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.