The USA Fencing Board of Directors has selected five of the individuals who will sit on the reorganized Fencing Officials Commission beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Following an open application process and a series of interviews conducted by members of the USA Fencing community, Don Anthony nominated and the Board of Directors approved the following positions:
Chairperson (Through 9/1/2020): Sam Cheris
Vice Chair, Domestic Assignments (Through 9/1/2018): Mary Frye
Vice Chair, International Assignments (Through 9/1/2018): Doug Findlay
Vice Chair, Rules and Examinations (Through 9/1/2018): Jeff Bukantz
Ombudsman (Through 9/1/2020): Derek Cotton
The Vice Chair of Domestic Development, a position with a four-year term, will be announced at a later date. The six Regional Ombudsman positions also will be announce at a later date.
The new group will meet in August to establish the mission, vision and strategic and operational plans for the new FOC (including a new name) and an annual plan will be established for each chair. This information will be submitted to the Board in the fall.
“I really want to thank Soren Thompson for overseeing and managing the application and interview process as well as to all of the panel members for their time and participation,” said USA Fencing President Donald K. Anthony Jr. “We’re all looking forward to working with this new group in the upcoming season.”