About Northwest Fencing Center in Oregon

Northwest Fencing Center

Oregon’s premier fencing center, specializing in foil and epee training and competition.

Northwest Fencing Center is a non-profit athletic center that has been providing people of all ages with classes, camps, and private lessons since 1972.

NWFC specializes in foil and epee with a strong focus on the core foundations of fencing. Coaches are dedicated to providing a supportive, inspiring, and fun atmosphere to foster a love of the sport and the growth of the athlete, both on the strip and off.


About head coach Simon Abram
Simon Abram
Head Coach, Fencing Master


Simon comes from a family with four fencing masters. He has been fencing since he was seven years old and started to coach at 14. He got his first coaching degree when he was 16. In 2006, at 21, he became the young…

Read More about Simon

Coach Patricio Moreno
Patricio Moreno
Fencing Master


Patricio is an accomplished athlete and fencing coach with 15+ years of coaching experience. Before moving to the US, he was a member of the Chilean National Team for 13 consecutive years. He climbed high in FIE rank…

Read More about Patricio

Will Richmond
Epee and Foil Moniteur


Will Richmond started fencing sabre at SAF (Studio of American Fencing) in 2001, in NE Portland. While in college in Ashland Or, he fenced at Southern Oregon Fencing Center under Maestro John McDouga…

Read More about Will

Coach Will Richmond
Gregory Mitberg
Fencing Moniteur


Gregory started fencing at NWFC when he was just five years old! He competed on the European cadet and junior circuits from 2013 to 2017 and began on the international senior circuit in 2015. With 4 top 8 fin…

Read More about Gregory

Coach Gregory Mitberg About page
Coach Joe Serban
Joe Seban
Fencing Coach


Joe Serban started fencing when he was 9 years old in Bellingham and Seattle, Washington. He started at Salle Auriol Fencing Center under Maitre Leon Auriol prior to coming to Oregon. Later in 2012, Joe joined N….

Read More about Joe

Seth Kelsey NWFC Coach Headshot
Seth Kelsey
Fencing Coach

Seth Kelsey is an accomplished athlete and fencing coach with 12+ years of coaching experience. Before he started coaching, he was on 8 senior national teams, NCAA champion, and 3 time Olympian. Seth was ranked top 16 in the world for a decade. His best fini…

Read More about Seth


Coach and Temporary Executive Director Michael McTigue
Michael McTigue
Executive Director


The board of directors is pleased to announce Coach Michael McTigue has been appointed our Executive Director.

The board, coaches, and admin staff are grateful for Michael’s willingness to share his expertise. He will also continue offering private lessons.

Read More

About Lika Vogler member services
Lika Vogler
Member Services


Lika specializes in member accounts and leads the services at the front desk. She also helps coordinate accommodations for NWFC’s traveling guest fencers during tournaments and camps.

A fencer’s mom of 14 years at NWFC – Lika’s son is currently a Division 1 fe…

Read More

About Erin Hambleton communication and events
Erin Hambleton
Communications and Events Coordinator


Erin Hambleton specializes in club communications and special events. In addition to leading NWFC’s online communications, Erin assists with club operations and member services.

Erin first joined the NWFC Fencing family in 2010 when her oldest daughter jo…

Read More

The Board of Directors

Northwest Fencing Center is a 501(3)c not-for-profit organization. NWFC Board Members are appointed by NWFC members and are responsible for providing direction, leadership, and stability for the organization’s operations.

The Board makes decisions that impact day-to-day activities and the long-term goals of the club. Expansion plans, fundraising efforts, and scholarship grants are all some of the responsibilities the Board of Directors upholds. 

Our Vision: An inclusive community as a model of excellence for the fencing world, and beyond.

Our Mission: Fencing education for all that encourages growth in perseverance and sportsmanship.

Board of Directors at NWFC

Board Members: 

Bob Marx, President


Bob Marx has been a member of NWFC since its inception. He has held various positions such as President, Executive Director, and even coach for nine months while searching for a new fencing master. Along the way, Bob made a few Olympic teams.

Katie Kelly, Secretary


Katie and her family moved from Tampa, FL to Beaverton in 2019. When searching for a new activity for their oldest child, they came across fencing, and it was instantly a big hit. Katie was impressed with the feeling of community at the gym and became more involved as a medic. With a young fencer, she wanted to get more involved in order to offer the perspective of newer families to the gym. Katie is a local pediatrician. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, swimming, and cake decorating.

Daniel Baxter
Pam Nason, Vice President


Pam Mariea-Nason has seen the positive impact of the sport of fencing and the NWFC community has had on her daughter. Watching the encouragement and sense of belonging for all fencers is a primary reason she volunteers on the Board. As a nurse, her background working in many aspects of health care has helped her identify the overwhelmingly positive impact the sport can have on the physical and emotional health of the participants.

Sam Larsen
Liz Larsen
Nichole Loyd, Treasurer


Nichole’s boys became involved with fencing during an NWFC outreach after-school program at their school. Since then she has seen the incredible impact on her family by the club, the coaches, and the NWFC “family”. Nichole continues to serve on the board as a way to give back and help ensure the same positive and inclusive environment for other families. Nichole works in the utility industry as a Senior Compliance Consultant and Project Manager.

Chandler Tso
Honorary Youth Athlete Representatives:


Help Support the Organization:

Northwest Fencing Center is a non-profit organization that offers application-based scholarships and grants to fencers of all levels. We believe in supporting the fencer and the sport of fencing.

Learn more about how you can help.