Meet The Team
A dedicated team who strive to foster a culture of Honor, Chivalry, and Respect
Michael McTigue Head Coach
Board of directors
SFC is led by a board of directors who set the vision for the organization and provide leadership.
- Randy Harnisch, President
- Melisse Cunningham, Secretary
- Abby Weisenhaus, Treasurer
- Cristina Ford
- Heather Poole
A Thank You...
To those who have gone before us, paving the way. Below are a few of these key people, to whom we are forever grateful.
Michael Heggen (founder -2013), Joshua Keatley (coach 2006-2009), David Keatley (coach), Joshua Fowler (coach 2013-2014), Jill Summers (former Executive Director 2008-2015), Emma Brewer-Wallin (coach 2012-2015), Mary Keatley (coach 2012-2015)
Salem Fencing Club, once Salem Classical Fencing.
Our organization was founded in late 2003 as Salem Classical Fencing, to promote and support classical fencing in the Salem area. Our organization was founded by Michael Heggen, who began fencing under Maestro James V. Ciaramitaro at Willamette University. The club grew out of a local YMCA program into a self-sustaining, independent organization supported by local fencers who are not only interested in fencing with each other, but who also share a keen desire to share the sport with others.
Our main focus has remained the same since our founding: to teach the sport of fencing. Unlike a for-profit business, however, fencing is not an end in itself - it is a vehicle for teaching our core values of honor, chivalry, and respect. We use fencing as a way to find solutions for challenges in our community, and to provide opportunities for growth and leadership.
In 2013, the club board voted to change the organization's name to Salem Fencing Club to accompany a new look and to better reflect its mission and program offerings. We continue to evolve, bringing new coaches and fostering new partnerships with other clubs in the area to enable our fencers to reach their full potential.