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Kathy, who is married to Webmeister Chuck Whidden, was the intermediate/Novice chair at the 1985 NABC in Atlanta when she impressed Edith McMullin (now in charge of EasyBridge!) with her skills. Edith told Kathy she should look into becoming a tournament director, and Kathy did just that.
Because she had another job, Kathy was a part-time director for many years, working primarily at District 7 sectionals and a few regionals. But now she's a fixture at many regionals and NABCs.
This award comes just five years after Priscilla Smith won the Fred Friendly Award, given annually to the tournament director who best fulfill; the friendly standards set by Paul Stehley (aka "Fred Friendly") many years ago. And Carey Snider won the Friendly award in 1999.
Priscilla and Carey both live in metro Atlanta.