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Fall 2017 Practice Times!
Tuesdays 8-10pm (regular)
Thursdays 8-10pm (regular)
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.

Leslie McConnell
President

Leslie McConnell

5th Year; Chemical Engineering Major

Épée

Hey! I’m Leslie, a 5th year majoring in chemical engineering. This is my fifth year with the club, my third on the exec board, and my eighth year fencing épée. I love the club because it gives me the opportunity to compete in a unique and exciting sport, as well as meet new and interesting people, not only here at GT but also throughout the southern fencing community. I’m happy to talk about the club or fencing in general so feel free to send me an e-mail!

Rachel Wakefield
Vice President

Rachel Wakefield

3rd Year; Mechanical Engineering

Épée

Hey all, I’m Rachel! I’m the Vice President for the Yellow Jacket Fencing Club which basically means I play fill for the executive board and coordinate all of our tournament logistics. I’ve been fencing épée for three years now; I started fencing with the Yellow Jacket Fencing Club, wouldn’t ya know! Other than fencing, I love to run, craft, and game, whether that’s card, board, or video game. Thanks for showing an interest in our club, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me through facebook or email (rwakefield6@gatech.edu) or just show up to one of our practices, I’ll be there! Hopefully see you around!

Valerie Avva
Team Captain

Valerie Avva

4th Year; Computer Science

Épée

Hi, I'm Valerie, your captain and épée squad leader! I'm a 4th year CS major here (devices and intelligence threads), and this is my 6th year fencing. I've done mostly épée, but I've also dabbled a bit in foil. Feel free to ask me any questions about fencing or Tech in general!

Gavin McGuire
Treasurer

Gavin McGuire

2nd Year; Material Science Engineering

Foil

Hi! I’m Gavin, and I’m your treasurer for this year. Aside from emptying your wallets at the beginning of each semester, I also look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can this year at Tech! I’m from Long Island, New York, where I enjoy swimming, playing soccer, and cycling. I’m also a pretty big fan of movies, and am always down to try new music (and will gladly recommend either!) I’m also a pretty active member of our armory committee, so if you’ve got some busted stuff, let me know and I’ll do my best to help you out!

Esther Woo
Secretary

Esther Woo

2nd Year; Biology

Foil

Hello hello! 'Tis I, Esther Woo, your humble (that's a lie) Secretary (not a lie). I started fencing when I started going to Tech last Fall. Feel free to ask me stuff like when and where is the next tournament? How many members are in the club? What is the meaning of life? Basically anything but advice on actual fencing. (You should ask Val or almost anyone else about that.)


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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