Jon Mercurio ♠
Ed Alcoff ♥
Ed Alcoff is a highly decorated 12 year Navy veteran. He first joined the ACBL in 1985 and became certified Director in 1989 and began Directing full-time in 2017 at five bridge clubs in the Philadelphia area. Ed has traveled the world, visiting 47 countries and more than 30 islands. He has played at more than 100 bridge clubs worldwide, and, along with several Regional wins, has finished high in Nationally-rated events. Ed lived in Hawaii, the Philippines, Australia and Italy, and was employed by a successful Silicon Valley high-tech start-up. In 1998, he sailed his own boat around the world taking more than four years to complete the trip. Ed is also TAP teacher certified and he enjoys teaching intermediate and advanced bridge players.
Ellen & Rich Gabriel ♦
Ellen and Rich have both been playing for sixty years. We learned the old fashion way and have applied sound basics both to new concepts in teaching and play.
We have been playing competitively together for thirty years, and in addition to winning numerous regional and sectional events, we placed 2nd overall in the National Mixed Teams. Ellen has reached Diamond level and Rich soon to attain Platinum level
After retirement we started to teach and for the last fifteen years have been teaching beginners and intermediate students. We received teaching accreditation from both the ACBL and Audrey Grant Better Bridge Team as well as being certified directors. We successfully ran classes and duplicate games in Chicago before moving to Naples.
We joined the Bonita Bridge Club in 2016 and began teaching and directing the following year.