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Spring 2018 Practice Times!
Tuesdays 8-10pm (regular)
Thursdays 8-10pm (regular)
NEW! Fridays 5-6:30pm (free fencing)
Sundays 5-7pm (competition team)
@ CRC 4th Floor Back Courts

Officers

Executive Board 2017-2018

Here are the Yellow Jacket Fencing Club officers for the 2017-2018 year.

Arthur Lim
President

Arthur Lim

5th Year; Mechanical Engineering Major

Épée

Hi I'm Arthur, a 5th year Mechanical Engineer. This is my 5th year with the club and my 12th year fencing foil. Before becoming president I've been the team captain, foil squad leader, and been on tournament committee. I've stuck with fencing for so long because I never stop learning about the sport and the fencing community is like a second family for me. I’m happy to talk about the club or fencing in general so feel free to send me an e-mail!

Gavin McGuire
Vice President

Gavin McGuire

3rd Year; Materials Science and Engineering

Foil

Hi! I’m Gavin, your Vice President for the 2018-19 season. I started fencing with YJFC my freshman year, and it’s the best decision I don’t remember making! I’m from Long Island, New York, where I enjoy swimming, playing soccer, and cycling. I’m also on Armory and am a PI at the Invention Studio, so if you’ve ever got some busted stuff or want to improve your weapons a bit, I’d love to help! I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible!

Valerie Avva
Team Captain

Giuseppe Pantalone

4th Year; Computer Science

Épée

Hello! I'm Giuseppe, your captain and epee squad leader! I'm a 4th year CS major here (intelligence and media threads), and this is my 7th year fencing. I fence mostly epee but often compete in foil as well. Feel free to ask me any questions about fencing or Tech in general!

Julianna McNeice
Treasurer

Julianna McNeice

2nd Year; Biochemistry

Foil

Hiya, I'm Jules, your 2018-2019 treasurer. I'm super excited to take - and spend - all of your money! When I'm not yelling at the team about paying dues, you might catch me reading, rock climbing, cooking, or listening to music. I'm a biochem major, and I'm currently doing undergraduate research in an astrobiology and microfluidics lab here at Tech. Looking forward to a great year fencing foil and managing our finances responsibly!

Jordan Hirsch
Secretary

Jordan Hirsch

2nd Year; Computer Science

Épée

Hey there! I'm Jordan, the secretary. I've been fencing for about 5 years on and off now. When I'm not doing fencing-related activities or studying, I love playing D&D, watching weird movies, and taking naps. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about YJFC or being a CS here at GaTech. And as always, read your newsletters!


Executive Board

Elected at the end of each year, the executive board consists of the President, Vice-President, Team Captain, Treasurer, and Secretary. Along with managing the policies and budget, the Board works with the committees and squad leaders to run the club, such as tournament committee and the Yellow Jacket Open.

  • The President runs and oversees the club and board meetings.
  • The Vice President oversees the committees and assists the President. When the President is absent, the Vice President acts as the interim.
  • The Team Captain plans and runs club practices and oversees the squad leaders' weapon practices.
  • The Treasurer plans the club's budget and manages finances, including dues and reimbursements.
  • The Secretary is in charge of club communication, the weekly newsletter, and recording board meetings.

The Executive Board involves many duties and responsibilities that go into running the club. The officers are also very involved in club activities, and many will go beyond the duties of their officer position.

Executive Board of the Club (click to view/hide)

2017-2018

  • President - Leslie McConnell
  • Vice President - Rachel Wakefield
  • Captain - Valerie Avva
  • Treasurer - Gavin McGuire
  • Secretary - Esther Woo

2016-2017

  • President - Tim Kierzkowski
  • Vice President - Dalton Mulkey
  • Captain - Arthur Lim
  • Treasurer - Raines Procter
  • Secretary - Kate Bernart

2015-2016

  • President - Susanna Dong
  • Vice President - Keith Johnson
  • Captain - Matt Bernstein
  • Treasurer - Leslie McConnell
  • Secretary - Dalton Mulkey

2014-2015

  • President - Kevin "Freshman Jr." Lyn
  • Vice President - Susanna Dong
  • Captain - Jess Shimko
  • Treasurer - Leslie McConnell
  • Secretary - Matt Bernstein

2013-2014

  • President - Kevin "Freshman Jr." Lyn
  • Vice President - Lauren "Mom" Rhodes
  • Captain - Chris Denecke
  • Treasurer - Matt Bernstein
  • Secretary - Susanna Dong

2012-2013

  • President - Daniel "DanRam/Freshman" Miller
  • Vice President - Kevin Lyn
  • Captain - Parth Deshmukh
  • Treasurer - Nathen Steele
  • Secretary - Lauren Rhodes

2011-2012

  • President - Jeffrey "Jaff" Lumish
  • Vice President - Eric Lange
  • Captain - Courtney "Dues" Price
  • Treasurer - Daniel Miller
  • Secretary - Kevin Lyn
  • Manager - Lauren Rhodes

2010-2011

  • President - Joseph "Joey/Sunshine" Conn
  • Vice President - Jeffrey Lumish
  • Captain - Courtney Price
  • Treasurer - Scott Cummins
  • Secretary - Emily "Princess" Roby-Phillips

More information about past officers - coming soon!


Appointed Positions

  • Armory Committee: Armory committee is in charge of repairing and maintaining the club's $20,000 worth of equipment, including fixing broken weapons, body cords, and reels. Armory committee also takes accounts of the armory inventory.
  • Social Committee: Social committee plans all of the social events for the club. These events range from movie nights to potlucks to Murder Mystery parties.
  • Tournament Committee: Tournament committee is in charge of teaching new members on running tournaments, from the in-club mock tournaments to the yearly Yellow Jacket Open.
  • Public Relations Committee: The public relations committee deals with various media to bolster club awareness, such as branding, recruiting, advertising, and the website.
  • Squad Leaders: A pair of squad leaders are appointed to each weapon every year. Squad leaders run weapon-specific drills and assist in coaching their members. Fencing experience is preferable.
  • Safety Officer: Safety Officers ensure the safety of club members and possess valid CPR, first aid and AED certifications.

Appointed Positions of the Club (click to view/hide)

2017-2018

  • épée Squad Leader - Giuseppe Pantalone & Valerie Avva
  • Foil Squad Leader - Megan McLaurin & Max Rudolph
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Dan Allison & Charles Pascale
  • Social Committee Chair - Megan McLaurin
  • Armory Committee Chair - Kate Bernart
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Karena Fiore & Justin Ting
  • Public Relations Chair - Stephanie Baione
  • Safety Officer - Gavin McGuire & Megan McLaurin
  • Webmaster - Stephanie Baione

2016-2017

  • épée Squad Leader - Stefano Travaglino, Jamie McAreavey, & Leslie McConnell
  • Foil Squad Leader - Arthur Lim & Matt Bernstein
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Alex Nikoukary & Bryce Gregory
  • Social Committee Chair - Megan McLaurin
  • Armory Committee Chair - Janet Garner
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Dan Ro
  • Public Relations Chair - Stephanie Baione
  • Safety Officer - Leslie McConnell & Megan McLaurin
  • Webmaster - Stephanie Baione

2015-2016

  • épée Squad Leader - Tim Kierzkowski & Dot Cannella
  • Foil Squad Leader - Matt Bernstein & Arthur Lim
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Maeve Nagle & Alex Nikoukary
  • Social Committee Chair - Dot Cannella
  • Armory Committee Chair - Matt Bernstein
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Tim Kierzkowski
  • Public Relations Chair - Susanna Dong
  • Safety Officer - Maeve Nagle
  • Webmaster - Susanna Dong

2014-2015

  • épée Squad Leader - Daniel Bodamer & Fiona Wong
  • Foil Squad Leader - Matt Bernstein
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Kevin Lyn & Maeve Nagle
  • Social Committee Chair - Jess Shimko
  • Armory Committee Chair - Elizabeth Vencill
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Tim Kierzkowski
  • Public Relations Chair - Susanna Dong
  • Safety Officer - Maeve Nagle & MC Adams
  • Webmaster - Susanna Dong

2013-2014

  • épée Squad Leader - Daniel Bodamer & Jessica Shimko
  • Foil Squad Leader - Matt Bernstein & Keith Johnson
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Chris Denecke & Nathen Steele
  • Social Committee Chair - Lauren Rhodes
  • Armory Committee Chair - Matt Bernstein
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Tim Kierzkowski
  • Safety Officer - Gregory Szalkowski & Nathen Steele
  • Webmaster - Susanna Dong

2012-2013

  • épée Squad Leader - Cory Walker
  • Foil Squad Leader - Daniel Miller
  • Sabre Squad Leader - Chris Denecke
  • Social Committee Chair - Lauren Rhodes
  • Armory Committee Chair - Parth Deshmukh
  • Tournament Committee Chair - Chris Denecke
  • Safety Officer - Gregory Szalkowski
  • Webmaster - Cory Walker

More information about past officers - coming soon!

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