La Jolla Unit Board Members

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Bob Brobst President
Bob Brobst. 2019-2021 Term.

I played a lot of bridge back in the 70s, and have recently taken it up again–trying to improve my game.

I’m married to my lovely wife Joni, have two adult sons, three granddaughters and a new labradoodle puppy named Bella.

I have a BSEE from UCSB, an MSEE from CSULB and a Masters in Management from Clairmont Graduate Univ. I spent 40 years working in the defense industry for Odetics, Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon.

I’ve spent quite a bit of my time in volunteer organizations. I’m presently president of the La Jolla Tennis Club, I’ve tutored students in Math at both the local middle school and the Girls Reformatory. I was on the board for 10 years and president of the East Fullerton Little League for two years. I’m presently a mentor at the Preuss School and was asked to judge six of their senior students projects.

Selby Winkler Vice-President and Webmaster
Selby Winkler. 2021-2023 Term.

I returned to bridge in December 2016 while cruising through the Panama Canal. I earned my Life Master in November 2022. I returned to San Diego in 2000 with my husband, Richard, after 30 years of living and working in New York City. I started out working at Time-Life Inc. as a Financial Analyst for their cable tv operations and finished my career at TV Guide Online working on their website.

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Barbara Blake Treasurer
Barbara Blake. 2018-2020 Term.
I am an anesthesiologist, now retired, who first learned to play bridge when I moved to San Diego from the east coast in 1981 as a way of meeting new people. Having watched my parents play party bridge and duplicate for years as a kid and teen, I decided it was time, I read a book, took lessons from Bob Rosenbluth at Adventures and proceeded on my way to bridge addiction. I have served on multiple non-profit boards over the years and look forward to working with the La Jolla Unit.
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Bill Grant Club Manager/Tournament Chair
Bill Grant. 2018-2020 Term. Learned to play bridge during winter nights at his Michigan State University dormitory. College bridge remained dormant until he discovered duplicate in 1985. A recently retired high school math teacher, he now spends most of his time playing bridge and traveling, often concurrently. He returns to his old high school campus every spring, to teach bridge to math students who are done with their Advanced Placement exams.
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Mary Scott Knoll Board Member
Mary Scott Knoll. 2019-2021 Term.

Mary Scott Knoll is a bridge game enthusiast who continues to learn and enjoy the game. Recently elected to serve as president of the local chapter of the Aztec Bridge Club, an affiliate group with the American Bridge, Mary also served on the board of Unit 539 as the NLM tournament chair during her terms as member.

Mary is especially interested in promoting bridge among youth and she was actively involved in creating a cookbook fundraiser in support of the San Diego Bridge Academy for Youth.

As a result of her career in the role of executive for a non-profit organization, Mary has strong management and leadership skills. She is a task orientated person who strives to reach identified goals. She will bring a “can and will work” attitude to Unit 526.

Mary holds a Master’s degree in Social Science Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers School of Law. A non-practicing attorney and former public school instructor, Mary describes herself as a social scientist with twenty plus years of community, housing and human service experiences.

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