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Referees' Commission Committees

Domestic Assignment Committee

Responsible for hiring referees for the National Tournaments of USA Fencing

Sean Shumate — Vice Chair

Committee Members: Mary Frye, David Sierra, Ron Thornton

For more information on the Domestic Assignment Committee, click here.

International Development and Assignments Committee

Responsible for developing and hiring referees for international fencing competitions

Kelly Koehler — Vice-Chair

Epee Advisory Committee: Tyler Jacobson, Donald Alperstein, Mary Frye, Andrew Lambdin-Abraham, Dwight Smith (Athlete), Cassandra Bates (Athlete)

Foil Advisory Committee:  Doug Findlay, Devin Donnelly, Andrew Foster, Jason Chang, Morgan Partridge (Athlete), Brian Kaneshige (Athlete)

Saber Advisory Committee:  Bill Becker, Laura Decker, Ariana Klinkov, David Sach, Jefff Spear (Athlete)

Wheelchair Advisory Committee: Jon Moss, Sean Shumate

Domestic Referee Development

Responsible for the education and development of referees at the local, regional and national level

Patrick Webster — Vice Chair

  • Kevin Mar - Region 1
  • Sean Shumate - Region 2
  • Bruce Gillman - Region 3
  • Charles Astudillo - Region 4
  • Mark Stasinos - Region 5
  • Charles Greene - Region 6
  • Athlete Rep - Holly Beuchel

Rules and Examinations Committee

Responsible for decisions on the rules and maintaining the USA Fencing rulebook and online referee exam

Bradley Baker — Vice Chair

Committee Members: Tyler Jacobson, Laura Decker, Sean Shumate, Iman Blow (Athlete), Jason Pryor (Athlete), Ben Igoe (Athlete)

Referee Ombudsman

Responsible for investigating referee complains and suggesting solutions

Sue Borgos — Vice Chair

Committee Members- Mike Ross, Tim Bookwalter, Lisa Campi-Sapery, Leo Curtis, Chad Morris, Bobbie Gibbs, Alan Freedman

RC Ombudsman website:

Ethics Committee

Tasha Martin — Chair

Referees: Charles Astudillo, Derek Cotton, Ebony Harris, Kamali Thompson, Madeline Zeiss, Molly Hill, Susan Belanich, Jeff Spear (Athlete), Maya Lawrence (Athlete)

Athletes: Madison Zeiss, Kamali Thompson, Maya Lawrence, Jeff Spear

DEIB Task Force

Formed in 2021, Cultivating and Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Tasha Martin — Chair

Committee members: Emma-Tei Kyono, Dominique Hance, Harrison Hue, AnnaMaria Lu-McGill, Nathan Schlessinger, Alex Gioella