By Laura Doman
Two new board members were appointed after Frank Johnson (Secretary) and Tim Payne (Second Member-At-Large) recently resigned their positions for personal reasons. Frank and Tim will be missed as valued GCA board members, but the board is pleased to announce WIM Carolina Blanco as the GCA’s new Second Member-At-Large and Nick Thompson as the new Secretary.
Woman International Chess Master (WIM) Carolina Blanco wears several professional hats. She is an orthodontist, a teacher of chess at several primary schools in Atlanta, and a regular contributor to the GCA online magazine, GeorgiaChessNews.com. Carolina was also a columnist for the digital magazine’s print predecessor, Georgia Chess, from 2007 through 2013. As a chess teacher, Carolina estimates that she has taught more than 3,000 students over the years. Carolina notes that “being part of the GCA board will be an opportunity to contribute with my time and ideas to expand the calendar for Open chess tournaments in Atlanta. I’m also looking forward to playing a role in the conceptual plans and fundraising efforts to build a chess center for the whole Georgia chess community in the near future.”
Chicago born and bred, Nick Thompson has been involved in chess communities from an early age. He served as captain of his high school chess team and later led the Emory University Chess Club for two years as President, collaborating many times with the Georgia Chess Association (GCA) to organize collegiate tournaments at Emory. Since 2010, he has also taught chess in elementary schools throughout Atlanta, including Paideia, Fernbank, and Westminster. While applying to medical school and serving as the 2014-15 Secretary of the GCA and a volunteer on its Open Events Committee, Nick hopes to assist the GCA in planning its future events and looks forward to supporting chess growth in and around Atlanta.
The Georgia Chess board welcomes Carolina and Nick to their leadership positions. As an association of dedicated volunteers, the GCA greatly appreciates the time and commitment of its members and thanks them for contributing so generously of themselves in serving the Georgia chess community.
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