Westside Bridge Academy Directors
I started playing bridge at work on my lunch hour many years ago. I moved to Houston from Canada (married a Texan) and somehow got involved managing a Duplicate Bridge Club. I t was a challenge, but I persevered and learned a lot in the nine years at Tracy Gee . It was a great experience. Since retiring, I am now trying to learn more and am very happy to be working at the Westside Academy.
Tom Jahnke retired from public school teaching after 31 years in the regular classroom in 2010. Directing bridge games at the club level has turned into a fun retirement part-time job. I still enjoy playing the most, however, and find time to play locally and at tournaments. What I try to do is be the director I would like to have on the floor as a player. To me, that means being available to move boards, encourage slow players to keep moving and help facilitate the game to allow the players to enjoy playing. While criticism is welcome, I enjoy the compliments from the players about my efforts more. Hope to see you at a table soon.
This is Bert's third career.
Bert spent almost ten years in the US Navy, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer before parting ways with the Navy and returning to school at the University of California at Davis, where he earned his BS in Chemical Engineering with Honors.
After graduating from UC Davis, Bert took a job with Shell Oil Company in 1980, which brought him to Houston. He worked for Shell in the field of on-line process optimization until he retired in 2007.
Bert took the Director's course and began directing in about 2005. In January of 2015, he, along withis wife Katherine and Jimmy and Jennifer Breihan purchased the Houston Bridge Studio and changed the name to Westside Bridge Academy. His goal now is to be the best director he can be, and to make WBA the best and biggest Bridge venue in Texas.
Bert is married to the wonderful Katherine Onstott and has a daughter Carissa, who is a mother (Caitlyn who is 5 and Jimmy who is 2 1/2), a great chef, a yoga instructor and a marathon runner!
Brigitte is a retired Payroll/Benefits Manager. She became a director in 2000 and has worked in different bridge clubs around Houston. In addition to working at Westside she is also working as Manager of the Apple II game at Tracey Gee Community Center.
Though Wolf was born in Germany, he has been a Houston 'native' sinde 1963. He is a retired attorney and is presently an ACBL Tournament Director and a Gold Life Master.