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Nancy Strohmer

Nancy Strohmer

Home 713-960-8711

Cell 713-882-0626


Unit 174 is an incredibly active unit and I have enjoyed serving on the Board since 2012. As President of the unit in 2015, I revamped the Caddy Program and Annual Meeting format and focused on communications with the membership and clubs. While on the board, I have served as Vice President, Secretary, Publicity Chair, and ABA/ACBL Pairs Game Chair and have chaired/co-chaired several tournaments including the 2016 LSR. I founded the Events & Classes Newsletter in 2012 and have served as the Editor since its inception. I also formed and served as the Chair of the Information Committee in 2016. I am a Lifetime Member of the ACBL National Goodwill Committee and was elected to the ACBL National Charity Foundation Board in 2016. I also serve as District 16’s 2nd Vice President & Charity Committee Chair.

My first duplicate bridge experience was on a cruise in 2003. I had no idea what the world of bridge offered until later. My husband, Hans, and I began playing regularly in 2006. My background…B.S. and M.S. in Education (Business) from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia…owned a manufacturing company and sold it in 2001…currently, play as much bridge as possible!!! Hobbies include grandkids, bridge, hiking and traveling.

April 2018

Ken Hudson

Ken Hudson

Home 281-488-1781

Cell 713-204-5505

Vice President

I was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from the University of West Florida. I have been a resident of Houston for the past 25 years and retired from Shell Oil Company after a 30 year career as a Finance Manager.

My regular club is the Clear Lake Bridge Club. I enjoy playing in games all over the city and play bridge for the mental challenges and the social aspect of the game.

I believe I my "newness" to be an asset that can be used to exert a positive influence on the Unit Board. I want to offer the bridge community someone with whom the can easily relate and bring a fresh perspective to Unit 174.


April 2019

Lauri Laufman

Lauri Laufman



Native Houstonian, Texans fan, theatre lover, foodie, dog mother, bridge player and once again a member of your unit board (my first adventure was 2007-2010).

I am thoroughly enjoying serving as your unit secretary this year.

It takes all of you to keep our unit welcoming, healthy, and strong. A special thanks goes out to our past, present and future board members, club managers and volunteers for all your efforts promoting Unit 174!


April 2019

John Caudill

John Caudill


Board Member

I am a recently retired Pediatrician. After training at Baylor College of Medicine I practiced Pediatric medicine for 38 years. I have played tournament bridge for two years and have a lot to learn. However, now I would like to serve the bridge community.

April 2018

Dianna Gittleman

Dianna Gittleman



Board Member

I've been a part of Unit 174 for 45 years. During that time I have served on several boards, including our own unit board. I've also chaired the nominating committee, hospitality committee, served on two National Tournament boards, and worked in many other capacities.

Our unit has a tremendous amount of work with all our tournaments, STaC's, sectionals, and our regional, not including 0-299 tournaments, Grand National Team and North American Pairs, and our huge novice program.

I am happy to provide energy and effort in helping to accomplish this work.



April 2018

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Home 281-333-3055

Cell 281-414-3935

Board Member
Intermediate/Newcomer Coordinator

I was raised in Paducah, KY and worked for the last 30 years of my working career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

When I retired in April 2008, I decided to take bridge lessons at the Clear Lake Bridge Club. I very quickly became the bridge addict. I love the game, the mental stimulation it gives me, and the huge array of new friends which I have gained through this game. As a member of the 174 Board, I plan to represent the Clubs and the Players; I am excited about this opportunity. I am a team player, a listener, and passionate about the game of bridge.

April 2020

David Henke

David Henke


Board Member

I’m from a bridge playing family and caddied as a child before starting to play my freshman year at college. I played a lot during college and became the youngest life master in the Oklahoma Sooner Unit. My brother and I built a duplicate bridge studio in OKC and I ran it for a few years and continued to play. One my dad’s happier moments was when we played as a six person team in an OKC regional. The team was Henke, Henke, Henke, Henke, Henke, and Henke.

Then came family responsibilities, law school, and a career with Kerr-McGee. I worked in several areas, but all involved bringing people, companies, and government agencies together to reach agreements and solve problems. I retired in 2007 and began playing bridge again in 2010 thanks in large part to Ed Groner and Bill Baker.

Bridge has been good to me. I think it is time for me to help as I can to bring the many talented people in our Unit together to further the game.

April 2020

Daniel Jackson



Board Member

Daniel learned to play bridge while attending Rice University. One day while playing at the club, a beautiful woman named Debbie wrote her phone number on his convention card and asked him to call her. They were married two years later. Daniel and Debbie have two children and live in the Champions/1960 area.

Daniel was the Unit 174 Rookie of the Year in 1987 and made Life Master “with style” in 1990 by winning his first national event. After starting a family, Daniel reduced his bridge playing activity to an occasional club game. After his children became more independent, Daniel was able to resume his bridge career and has since won three more national events and a fair number of regional and sectional events.

Daniel is a computer programmer who has worked for Jack Henry and Associates since 1995.

When not playing bridge or working, Daniel likes to read and play computer games. He also tutors high school students in math and science.

Daniel was elected to the board in 2014.

April 2020

Bill Riley

Bill Riley


Board Member

I have been a Unit 174 board member since April of 2013. During this time, I started the Club Connection and have been the Partnership Chair for the Lone Star Regional for the last 3 years.

In 2014 I retired from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as full professor in Pediatric Endocrinology, caring for children with diabetes.

I continue to be interested in promoting bridge to younger players.


April 2019

Others with Unit 174 Responsibilities

Individual Assignment(s)

Brigitte and Danny Sandifer


Election Officials

Brigitte has been playing bridge since 1978 and has volunteered on many levels even selling t-shirts by the front door for both Nationals. Currently she is a Manager/Director of APPLE II DBC playing Fridays at Tracy Gee and occasionally directing at WBA. Danny works with her in her various bridge endeavors.

Sandra Clark

Catherine Miller


Member Communications Committee Chair

I am a Gold Life Master who started playing duplicate bridge while living overseas (lived overseas 21 years with husband, Hugh). First tournament I attended was the 2001 Houston regional. I repatriated back to Houston five years ago and enjoy playing bridge primarily with my husband.

The Communications Committee contacts new members to the unit and advises them of the opportunities offered in the unit. They also contact inactive members, offering assistance to help them re-activate their status.

Mike Hoffman

Mike Hofmann

Financial Verifier

Mike is a retired banker who is still active in the business community.

As the Financial Verifier Mike reviews the monthly bank statements and the financial reports presented to the Board of Directors to ensure their consistency.

Buddy Hanby


Buddy has over 7,500 master points. He has won one North American Championship, finished in the top ten in several other North American Championships, and won dozens of Regional events.

When not playing bridge, Buddy is an attorney who handles civil appeals and criminal appeals.

He is the author of Hanby’s Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, Annotated, a book published annually by West Publishing Co.

He has frequently been recognized as a Super Lawyer by the Texas Monthly.

He has been married to fellow bridge player, Sally Wheeler for thirty-three wonderful years.

Carol Wilson

Carol Wilson

Scorecard Reporter and E-mail Newsletter Editor

Carol ( is a published author with two books and many articles to her credit. She won a Writers Digest national award and has taught secretarial seminars in several states, Russia, and Argentina. She has served more than 25 years as editor for professional organizations and currently is editor of the monthly newsletter of the Houston Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. She is an ACBL certified teacher and director and when not involved with bridge activities, she can be found visiting her granddaughters in St. Louis.

Carol Wilson

Bob Dowlen



Bob Dowlen is a Silver Life Master, former President of Houston Unit 174, former President of the Clear Lake Bridge Club, ACBL Accredited Director & Teacher and a Lifetime Member of the ACBL National Charity Committee.

The Recorder shall:

    • Be responsible for collecting and cataloging complaints and/or inquiries from players, usually concerning a question of conduct or ethics. The Recorder may also assist with filling out the recorder forms when necessary. If a formal complaint is made to the Board of Directors against a member of the unit, the Recorder may be called upon to provide a history of other complaints. The Recorder may also file a complaint against a member if he feels that it is warranted.
    • Be available at all Unit 174 tournaments. If the Recorder will not be available, notice should be given to the President so that an alternate can be selected.

Al Fortier



Unit Photographer

Dan Leightman

Dan Leightman


Ethics Committee Chair
District 16 Executive Treasurer

I appreciate the expanded opportunity to add value to the bridge community.

Paul Nimmons


Carol Winograd

Carol Winograd


Website and Information Committee Chair

I decided to gather a group of friends together to learn to play bridge when my mother, knowing I was about to become an empty-nester, suggested I might enjoy playing. Fast forward from 2008 to present, and now she suggests I play too much bridge! All kidding aside, if you are reading this you are hooked too!

My background---I have an engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a dental degree from the University of Texas. I practiced general dentistry in Atlanta and Houston.

As Website and Information Committee Chair I oversee the many tools our Unit uses to engage and inform our membership---our website, Unit Newsletter and Scorecard as well as distribution of the President’s Post and the Events & Classes newsletter. As Webmaster I am responsible for introducing improvements and updating the website. I am passionate about promoting MiniBridge as a way to attract new, younger members. Please forward any suggestions for ways to better inform our membership to me.

Bert Onstott

Bert Onstott

Webmaster Emeritus and Website Advisor

Arlene Weingarten

Arlene Weingarten

Webmaster Emeritus

Gary Hercules


Treasurer and Budget Coordinator