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Halberstadt is a privately-owned fencing club that is run by an elected Board of Directors. These directors are dedicated individuals who are elected from and by the general membership of Halberstadt in order to provide the necessary programs, functions, and to manage the day-to-day requirements of the Halberstadt Fencers Club and all the other Halberstadt Programs

Name Title E-mail Profile
Scott Cunningham President Moniteur Scott Cunningham started fencing at Lowell High School under Kathy Krusen. After graduation, he took a break to focus on college, but eventually returned to Lowell to be the assistant fencing coach. In 2005, he was promoted to head coach. Since then, Lowell High School has been league champion four times. Scott is still fencing on the competitive circuit and through his experiences at national competitions, he has added many innovative and modern concepts into his coaching. He seeks to instill in his students sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, and knowledge of the rules and armory. Scott also helps Maestro Peter Burchard run the junior foil program.
Sandor Mandoki Treasurer Sandor learned to fence at the City College of San Francisco under the tutelage of Joe Manzano. He is still a competitive fencer, training with Rob Handelman, and is rated in all three weapons. However he prefers to fence Epee, in which he has an A rating.Sandor started his coaching career as the head coach of the Galileo High School Fencing team in 2007, where he continues to coach currently. He got his Moniteur d’Armes certification from the USFCA (United States Fencing Coaches’ Association), and is also an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) certified coach.He coaches in the junior foil program, assists in the youth sabre program, and he is available for individual lessons by appointment.

Sandor is also a rated referee, and is usually seen refereeing most weekends in the Bay Area. He also frequently travels to ref nationally.

Kathy Krusen Secretary Kathy Krusen has been a member of HFC since 1985, and a instructor/coach since 1988. She has taught fencing at numerous schools in San Francisco, including: Hamblin School, San Francisco Day School, Adda Clevenger and the Urban School. She has also been the Varsity Fencing Coach at Lowell High School, the Urban School and an instructor with the SummerGate program since 1995. Kathy coaches students of all ages, but finds that her greatest enjoyment comes from introducing young people (ages 8 – 15) to what she considers to be the best sport in the world. She was a competitive fencer until 1993, fencing all three weapons in local, national and international competition.

Kathy is also an ASEP (American Sport Education Program) certified coach, and certified in CPR and First Aid.

Bruce Mebine Vice President Bruce began taking fencing lessons from Hans Halberstadt when he was 8 years old. Now, over 55 years later, he is still fencing at Halberstadt Fencers’ Club. He was on the fencing team at Lincoln High School in San Francisco and won the individual championship in foil during his senior year. At that time, he switched to sabre, which is still his weapon of choice today. His past accomplishments include winning the NorCal Sabre Championships 14 times, the Pacific Coast Sabre Championship once, and being ranked 13th in the country in sabre in 1984. He has been giving individual lessons in sabre over the last 15 years.
Dan Bell
Bill Sander
Primo Orpilla

The Board of Directors meet at least every quarter (as outlined in the Halberstadt Charter) to discuss Halberstadt Business. Special meetings are also called, as the need arises.

You can contact the Board by email (click here) to discuss issues relating to Halberstadt.

Halberstadt Documents

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Halberstadt Charter