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USA Fencing Board of Directors Election Results

06/21/2011, 3:33am CDT
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Meet the Directors...

Laurie Schiller, At-Large Director John Strass, At-Large Director
Jeff Salmon, Club Director

Brad Baker, Volunteer Staff Director

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The USA Fencing Election Committee is pleased to announce that four new members of the Board of Directors have been elected by the membership to two-year terms that will begin on Aug. 1.

The election for the four open positions concluded at 11:59 PDT on Sunday in which more than 1,500 USA Fencing members cast votes for two At-Large Directors as well as a Club Director and a Volunteer Staff Director.

Laurie Schiller (Deerfield, Ill.) and John Strass (New York City, N.Y.) were elected as At-Large Directors.

An incumbent At-Large Director who has served on the board for the last two years, Schiller has been the head coach of the men’s and women’s fencing teams at Northwestern for 33 years.

A former epee fencer at Notre Dame University, Strass is a first-time USA Fencing board member who has previously held positions on USA Fencing’s audit committee, disciplinary panel and membership task force.

Jeff Salmon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) won the Club Director election and will sit in the role for the first time. The owner of Mission Fencing, one of the largest clubs in the nation, Salmon has coached and refereed at both the junior and senior national and international level.

Brad Baker (Pennsauken, N.J.) has served on the USA Fencing Board of Directors since 2003 and will return for another two year term as the Volunteer Staff Director. The assistant coach of the fencing team at Temple University, Baker is nationally ranked as a coach, referee and saber fencer.

“Thanks to all of the candidates for their continuing support of USA Fencing, and congratulations to Laurie, John, Jeff and Brad, our new Board members,” said USA Fencing President Kalle Weeks (Morristown, N.J.) “Thanks also to all of our members who voted. I look forward to an even bigger turnout next year as we move forward to 2016.”

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