About the Players
Sylvia Moss retired recently from being a Senior Managing Director of Human Resources and Administration at The Blackstone Group, a private investment bank, whose main offices are located in New York City. She now lives in Florida, where she has more time for bridge.
Sylvia was taught to play bridge at the age of 16 by her brother, who needed a backup when his regular partner was unavailable. She loves the game and has won 7 NABC championships. She believes that bridge made her better at her job, and her job made her a better bridge player.
|Joann Glasson is a retired credit union executive who is enjoying her new career of teaching bridge in Princeton, New Jersey.
Joann has won six NABC championships and a silver medal in the McConnell Cup.
She lives in Pennington, New Jersey with her husband and partner, Bob. They have four sons and ten grandchildren.
| A six-time World Champion, Lynn was honored with the ACBL’s Sydney H. Lazard, Jr. Sportsmanship Award in 2004. The award recognizes “those players who exhibit admirable ethical behavior and a strong sense of fair play at the highest levels of bridge . . . over an extended period of time.”
Lynn learned to play bridge in high school so that she could play in college. But when she got to college, she found that almost no one played. Her computer science teacher took Lynn and her partner to the local duplicate club, where Lynn got much of her early bridge experience. She reports that “it was the only club I have ever played in where people arrived an hour early in order to be able to sit East/West. All of the ‘good players’ sat North/South, so the club had to force people to sit North/South.” After college, Lynn entered medical school, but eventually dropped out in order to pursue her dream of being a full-time bridge player and teacher.
Lynn's World Championship titles include four with Beth Palmer, her bridge partner of 30 years, including the 2010 World Women's Pairs in Philadelphia (for more on the pair's history, see Beth's bio below).. In addition, Lynn was added to the US team for both the 1991 World Championship (where she played with Stasha Cohen) and the 1996 World Championship (where her partner was Juanita Chambers). Both teams were victorious.
Besides playing in tournaments and at her local duplicate club, Lynn enjoys teaching bridge online and doing partnership coaching. Her hobbies include painting, coin collecting, and breeding dogs. Although Lynn terms herself a "small time" breeder, she has periodically found herself tending to as many as 13 dogs. Lynn lives in Schenectady, NY, with her husband Rich Kasprowicz.
|Beth has been an Administrative Judge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 28 years, hearing complaints of employment discrimination. Prior to becoming a judge, she was a lawyer in private practice. Admired in the bridge world for her judicial temperament, Beth has generously given of her time throughout the years to serve in numerous administrative positions with the USBF, ACBL, and the Washington Bridge League.
Beth began playing bridge in law school in 1977 and her first serious partner was Bill Cole. Two years later, she played with Bill at the Norfolk, Virginia, nationals and her team made it to the round of 16 in the Vanderbilt. Lynn Deas reports that “Beth was the talk of the tournament, won more than 100 masterpoints, and made Life Master.”
Beth formed her partnership with Lynn Deas in 1981, an astonishing 34 years ago! Playing a strong club system from the beginning, the pair played in their first World Championships in 1982, when they were both just 30 years old, and finished 2nd in the World Women’s Pairs. They have played on three victorious World Championship teams as a pair (1987, 1989, 2002), and have finished first (2010), second (1982), third (1994), and fourth (1990) in the World Women’s Pairs.
Away from the bridge table, Beth enjoys reading and sports, but her primary interest is her daughter, Julie Pettis. Beth served as Julie’s Girl Scout troop leader for six years and has been coach of her basketball team for five. Beth lives with her husband, Bill Pettis (“Buffalo”), and daughter, Julie, in Silver Spring, Maryland.
|Janice is a member of one of America’s leading bridge families: she and her parents, brother, aunts, and husband (Mark Molson), have won more than fifty North American championships! A non-practicing lawyer, Janice won the Venice Cup in 2003 and the McConnell Cup in 2006, and has eleven North American titles to her credit. Her daughter, Jennifer Rose, is the light of her life.
|Unlike many top players, Tobi didn’t learn how to play bridge until she was in her thirties! Nonetheless, she has accumulated four world titles and 14 North American bridge championships, including the Life Master Pairs. A successful real estate agent, Tobi has recently taken up painting (watercolors). She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, David. Her proudest accomplishment: son, Adam, a restaurateur in Austin.