Lucas Dobrzanski


Jeff Flores


Wendy Hoss


Mark Berchtold


Ian Silva


Buel Boaz


Elizabeth Geyer


Ann Melby





Lucas Dobrzanski, President

Lucas Dobrzanski, a Chemical Engineer with executive experience, started fencing in 1964 at Los Angeles Athletic Club under the French trained Maestro Delmar Calvert.

He participated in collegiate fencing events and was the founding president of the UC Davis fencing club.

He participates in the North American Cup and National Championships of the US Fencing Association as well as at numerous tournaments in California.

He is a nationally ranked fencer in the veterans division. His highest ranking was 7th in the nation in 2009. He brings management and fencing experience to the Foundation.


Jeff Flores, Vice President

Jeff received his BA in Political Science at the University of San Diego, and MPA from CSU Bakersfield, and post graduate work at the University of Queensland, Australia.

He currently serves as Chief of Staff to Supervisor Maggard. Previously he worked as Manager of Government Affairs and Communities for Rio Tinto Minerals

He served as a Kern County Planning Commissioner and was a Director on the Boards of Bakersfield Police Activities League, and Kern Economic Development Corporation.


Wendy Hoss, Secretary

Wendy Hoss is a Fencing Mom--mother of two athletic boys who are interested in fencing, as well as a business attorney with the law firm of Clifford & Brown in Bakersfield, California.

She volunteered her time to help form the Association and obtain tax-exempt status because she believes that fencing can help disadvantaged youth achieve success in life.

She also envisions developing a scholastic-assistance program for the Association to balance such youths' all-around development.


Mark Berchtold, Member

Mark Berchtold is the President of Berchtold Equipment Company.


Ian Silva, Member

Ian Silva fenced for five years during his undergraduate and graduate studies at California State University, Bakersfield.

He has worked for the Kern County Sheriff's Office since 1999 and has served that agency as a Defensive Tactics Instructor for the last nine years.

He has recently returned to the sport of fencing as an assistant coach at the Bakersfield Fencing Academy.


Buel Boaz, Member

Buel retired after 36 years with Kern Community College District as a Systems Analyst.

He has been fencing for about 8 years.

Buel's wife and He have been showing dogs for about 20 years. They show Bloodhounds and Otterhounds


Elizabeth Geyer, Member

Liz is a “Fencing Mom of Five” and all her children have enjoyed fencing since 2001, when Christopher and Vincent took up the sport with the Bakersfield Fencing Academy under Dan Letlow. Kayleigh soon followed, saber in hand. Carolina and Victoria have more recently joined KAFF and enjoy helping with Homeschool and Little Jedi fencing classes.

Liz is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Dietetics and Food Administration. With 30 years of experience in business administration and 14 years as a fencing mom, Liz is happy to volunteer her time and talents to help KAFF promote the sport that has richly blessed her family.


Ann Melby, Member

Anna Melby is a Culinary Institute of America trained baker and pastry chef. She is currently the Sous Chef at Grimmway Academy in Arvin, CA where she feeds their students healthy, fresh foods and educates them about healthy eating choices.

Anna discovered her love of fencing while attending Garces High School. She trained in Bakersfield on weeknights and traveled to LA each weekend to train with saber coach Michael DeSarro Jr. Anna has competed in numerous tournaments in California and Nevada. Anna’s weapon of choice is the saber and she has represented the Southern California region of USFA in saber at the Junior Olympics and at USFA Nationals.

Unfortunately after high school Anna had to put her fencing on hold to establish her career. She is now back in her home town, reestablishing her fencing skills and giving back to the sport that gave her so much."