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About John Pelletti

Personal

John was born in Johnstown PA (think floods) and was reared in Cleveland OH.  He did his undergraduate work at
Miami (OH) University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education, majoring in History/Government and minoring in
English.  He received his Master’s from Western Reserve University and his Doctorate from the University of Georgia.  
John has taught at all levels of public education, K-12, in Ohio and Florida.  He also served as Assistant Professor of
Education at Virginia Tech University focusing on undergraduate teacher training and graduate research and statistics.  
Subsequently, John shifted focus and began a second career in travel with Sabre, Inc., where he worked as a Training
Representative, Product Manager, Project/Program Manager, and Customer Support Manager among other positions.  
After 20+ years of service with Sabre, John retired in 2009.

John’s interest in bridge started in college where he learned by playing in fraternity pickup games during lunch, and,
although he played occasionally over the years, he did not pursue his interest fully until retiring.  John is a Bronze Life
Master.

John is married to Raymond Caraway and has two daughters.  Nikki is married to Jon VanOeveren and resides in
Shoreview, MN with their son, Rocco and daughter, Francesca.   Kendra is married to Don Robinson and resides in
Sarasota FL with their daughter Phoebe.

Professional

John is an ACBL-Certified Club Director, Tournament Assistant, and Teacher.  He directs weekly games at BAND and
teaches bridge at BAND and other affiliated non-BAND sites.