Michele Frizzell

Program Director

Michele Frizzell was born and raised to play mahjong.  As a child she watched her Filipino grandfather play Mahjong with his friends, and it mystified her. In 1973 Michele’s mother, Carolyn, learned how to play Wright-Patterson Mah Jongg at the McChord Air Force Base Officer’s Wives Club. Carolyn taught Michele how to play so she could practice at home. Mahjong was their special bond. Carolyn became an avid player and led several Mahjong groups. On occasion Michele would play with Carolyn and her friends – these have become some of Michele’s most cherished memories. Carolyn passed away from cancer in 2004 and that was the pivotal moment when Michele began her mission to share the joys of Mahjong with others in honor of her mother.

Through the years Michele has learned to play several styles including Wright-Patterson (1973), National Mah Jongg League (1990), Hong Kong (1990), Riichi (2013), Mahjong Competition Rules (2018), and Taiwanese (2019).

What makes Michele unique is that she teaches all of these styles. She has designed comprehensive player references and has developed teaching methods that have shortened the learning curve significantly for most players. Anyone who has learned to play from Michele speaks highly of her creative approach to learning and great patience as a teacher.

Michele currently lives in Canton, Georgia with her husband Dave and their miniature Poodle-Bichon, Riley.  Michele has two grown sons, Jamie and Conner.