Meet our “jTeam”

About “Jay”
Hello, thank you for visiting our website.  Regardless of where you are on your bridge journey, I am confident that J’s Bridge Pad has something for you.   I just thought that I would take this time to tell you a little bit about myself and how I got involved with the wonderful game of bridge. I was first introduced to Bridge by my father while growing up in Central India. After immigrating to the United States in the late 60’s I started playing bridge regularly as a graduate Electrical Engineering student at St. Louis University.  As my engineering career wound down around 2003 I started playing duplicate bridge and have been hooked ever since. I always liked bridge but duplicate made me fall in love with it head over heels! Aptly, my wife calls bridge my mistress and my jPad heaven!

I got my ACBL teacher’s accreditation in 2010 and attained my ACBL directorship in 2011. I have always enjoyed teaching. As a child, I tutored my brothers, sisters and other family members with their school work. I was also a lecturer at my Electrical Engineering college in India and have authored and presented numerous technical papers at national, as well as international engineering conferences. My dream of running my own club finally came true in March 2016 with the help of my gracious friend, Jo Chorpening.

My goal at J’s Bridge Pad is to make bridge fun for everybody. We welcome new players and encourage their participation by having games exclusively for new/ novice players. We also take great strides to ensure that there is a positive/non-threatening environment for everyone so that people can enjoy themselves and learn bridge comfortably.

If you have any suggestions on how J’s Bridge Pad can make your Bridge experience more enjoyable or any questions at all, feel free to drop me a line, otherwise, we hope to see you soon.

About Kiki

Welcome to the great and wonderful Land of Bridge!

Our goal at J’s Bridge Pad is to make bridge FUN for everybody. Come on down! Have some excitement and meet cool new people, some of which could become lifelong friends. Who EVER has enough friends?

I fell in love with the bridge about 12 years ago, looking for something to do. My first experience was a little rocky—I started bridge lessons in the middle of Slam bidding but stuck with it and now am a Silver Life Master working on Ruby Life. Was Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKinney Club winner several years, District Champion “C” for the Seattle Unit, and have qualified for the National Championship Pairs (NAP’s) twice. My greatest dream is to teach bridge and spread the fun to others. What a great way to meet people have some excitement, all the while keeping your brain young, young, young!

I received my B.S. in Geology from Southern Illinois University and my M.S. in Geology/Geophysics from the University of Texas. I also have enough for an Associates Degree in Data Processing, so went to work in the computer section of an Oil Company. When Oil went belly-up in the ’80s, I started computer consulting. It’s taken me around the country and everywhere I went, I had “instant friends” in the local bridge clubs. What a great game!

If you have any suggestions on how J’s Bridge Pad can make your Bridge experience more enjoyable or any questions at all, feel free to drop me a line, otherwise, we hope to see you soon.

About Dian
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Dian grew up playing cards with her family. When she was in college, she played double-decker pinochle every Sunday at her home, and in the college game room, she was playing hearts, spades, and rummy. Her dad, who was a money bridge player, had learned to play bridge during his 18 months in a German prisoner of war camp, started teaching Dian bridge in her junior year of high school.

Dian played socially and infrequently for several years. She earned her 1st duplicate points at the American Women’s club in Tehran, Iran in 1972. It was a twelve table game and she placed 1st and received .90 point. She still has that masterpoint slip. She took a bridge break to raise her son. When she began playing duplicate in late 1990 she got hooked on bridge. She feels she has had the great privilege of meeting and knowing some truly great players. Perhaps one of the most memorable was playing with Omar Sharif in Atlantic City in 1990.

She became Life Master in 1995 and is currently a Silver Life Master. She took the directors test in 2012 and became a director. She has joined jTeam and for starter, she is running Wed night game at 6:15.

About Jo 

I have started playing duplicate bridge in Cleveland a long time ago. After moving to St. Louis became a life Master in 2013.

I Have been coaching beginners and assisting in directing the novice games at Hearth Room Cafe for about 2 years. I am continuing to help run the jPad, coach the beginners and assisting in directing the games at jPad. I just got my Director’s license and will start directing the games at jPad.

About Lee

I started playing duplicate bridge in the mid-70s and took up the hobby passionately the mid-80s. Bridge, specifically tournament bridge as we know it, faces numerous challenges to its viability as our current membership ages.

I started playing duplicate bridge in the mid-70s and took up the hobby passionately the mid-80s. Bridge, specifically tournament bridge as we know it, faces numerous challenges to its viability as our current membership ages.

Additionally, I am a Diamond Life Master, an ACBL-certified teacher for bridge and Easybridge. I am both a club director and the current owner of the iPad’s Monday & Tuesday morning games. I also run the 8 Is Enough at jPad on the first Sunday of the month.

I love education and learning. I have a BA in Business Administration and Economics, an MS in Risk Management and Insurance, an MBA with a concentration in Finance, the CPCU designation, and 7 insurance associate degrees.

  • Former President and board committees member for a not-for-profit adult day care organization
  • Current volunteer President of my homeowner’s association
  • Member of four national committees for insurance industry organizations directing.
  • Projects and planning national seminars and meetings
  • A former member of audit and operations review committees for employers involved in merger and acquisitions of operations

I am married to Jennifer Luner and have three cats, Caesar, Cleopatra, and Charm(ian).

About Phyllis

I am a ruby life master, certified bridge teacher, and ACBL director. I learned to play bridge at Washington University but didn’t start playing duplicate until I retired from teaching school. Then, I got caught by the “bridge bug”. Once a teacher, always a teacher. I LOVE teaching.

I have been teaching Beginners’ Bridge and Intermediate/ Party Bridge, pay & play classes, Intro to Duplicate, and Bridge in a Day, at the St Louis Community College, St Louis Bridge Center, Affton Community Center, and on cruises. I have also taught Bridge 4 Kids at local schools. I am a teacher at Youth Bridge Camp in Carlinville, IL, and organizer and teacher at High School Bridge Camp in St. Joseph, MO.

Teaching bridge is my FUN job. I love when my students do well and have fun. I run a Swiss team game monthly, Bridge & lunch game weekly, pot luck dinner & bridge games, and novice-life master game every other month. Duplicate is an amazing game. We have an amazing St Louis bridge family, and we want you to be part of it. Bring a friend and join me at the bridge table. Such a deal!!!
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