ACBL Unit 503

Board of Directors Election | Results

Dates: Monday, November 20, through Monday, December 4.

Locations: Bridge Center, Jewish Community Center and Unity Community Church

You may also vote by emailing Nancy Kehl at  

We will be voting for five members of the Board of Directors. Our club is led by a nine person board, each of whom is elected for a two year term.  This year we have five candidates for five vacant seats.

Every qualified Unit member is entitled to one (1) vote for each Director to be elected. (That means you may vote for up to 5 candidates.) All ballots shall be secret and each candidate is entitled to have a witness at the vote tabulation.

Ballot boxes, ballots with the candidates” names and envelopes will be available at the Bridge Center, the Jewish Community Center and Unity Community Church.

Voting instructions are printed on the ballots as follows:

  1. Mark ballot for up to 5 candidates.
  2. Place ballot in envelope and seal it.
  3. Print your name LEGIBLY on the envelope and drop it in the ballot box.

You must be a current ACBL Palo Alto Unit 503 member to vote.  Votes received after December 4th will not be counted; voters that mark more than 5 candidates, including write-ins, will invalidate the ballot.  Nancy Kehl, with the assistance of Bill Bushnell, will tally the results and present them to the Board.

The candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors are:

Kip Kado

I took up bridge about 10 years ago.  Once I found duplicate, I was hooked, traveling to tournaments and becoming a Life Master.  Though I thoroughly enjoy playing the game, I also find it rewarding to help others learn to play.  I began a bridge group at Los Altos Country Club, then established an accredited duplicate game there.  I continue to manage that game (though director Marolyn Imaoka does most of the work) and serve on the club's bridge committee.

I am now retired.  I previously worked as a CPA and in corporate accounting and administration.  When not at the bridge table, I play golf, read, knit, cook and spend time with my family and new grandsons (6 and 18 months).

We are fortunate to have such a large and active bridge center.  As a director I will do my best to help out bridge club meet the needs of our membership.

Leslie Altick


I learned bridge at the kitchen table, played through college, even took a few lessons after graduate school. I did not play again until a 2008 cruise.

I haves an MBA in marketing and finance from Northwestern and worked as a stock analyst, management consultant, and banker, including a 24-year career with Wells Fargo. During those years my responsibilities included managing the company’s relationships with professional investors, Wall Street, and the rating agencies; managing marketing and advertising, all the checking, savings, and other deposit products across the nation. I have served on the board of a closely held corporation, a non-profit, and a national medical association.

Everyone I encountered in the Unit was so hel ful and supportive of me as a novice. If elected, I hope to attract and encourage other newcomers to play “up” in the open games, where I’ve learned so much and to work on other newcomer liaison issues.

Geraldine MacDonald

I earned my first master points playing duplicate bridge as an undergraduate in college. I played hundreds of hours of bridge and somehow still managed to graduate. In those days everything was done manually and on paper. The games were held in community centers, churches, synagogues, etc.

We are so lucky at the Palo Alto Bridge center. We have an excellent facility and a wonderful group of members. I moved to the Bay area three years ago and through the Bridge center I have made excellent friends, played lots of bridge and became a club director as well.

As a board member I want help continue our efforts to bring newcomers to the game of bridge and to continue to make our club a welcoming place for everyone.

I have worked as a volunteer in other organizations, particularly in organizing and running fund raising events and in building charitable contributions.  I hope to use these skills to contribute to the ongoing success of the Palo Alto Bridge center.

Anne Keyser

After a life time on the East Coast we moved to the Bay Area four years ago. In Baltimore I owned or worked in the catering business for 15 years and following that I worked for a private travel company leading groups to New York for theater and overseas to Vietnam, South Africa, Argentina and  to Provence to cook with Patricia Wells.

My community involvements over the years included museum, independent school and synagogue boards. Most recently I oversaw the Grants Committee of the Baltimore  Women’s Giving Circle.

Now retired and living in Palo Alto my commitments are less but my energy is still high. The Bridge Club has been a source of both friendship and joy.  For the past year I have been coordinating the Mentor/Mentee program. My hope is to continue to make the Club a welcoming place for players of all levels with creative and inclusive programming.

Dan Thatte

I have degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy, Masters from New York University in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Advance International Management at European Inst of Bus Admin INSEAD, professional certifications in Inventory Management and Program Management. Most of my career was in the Boston Area in the computer Industry holding senior executive positions in Information Systems, Systems Integration, Supply Chain, International Management and Business Development. 

Manda and I moved to Palo Alto in 2007 to be close to our children and grandchildren and came to our bridge club to meet new people and caught the Duplicate Bridge bug. In 2010 while playing at a club in Florida, I discovered the Bridge Composer software which significantly improves presentation of the results and lobbied to our club board to implement it here. In 2013-2014 I co-managed the Tuesday Lecture Series and served as a backup for the next couple of years to help out. I also volunteered in 2012 as a mentor for the Saturday Morning learning game and help with 2016 Firecracker tournament.

I feel that the bridge club helped ease the move for Manda and I to Palo Alto by providing an opportunity to meet many wonderful people, mental stimulation and entertainment and would like to see the club succeed and grow.