Board of Directors


Lucas Dobrzanski, President:

 

Lucas Dobrzanski is the founder, president and coach of the Kern Athletic
Fencing Foundation.

A retired Chemical Engineer, competitive fencer and a three time member of
the USA veteran team to World Championships, is a dedicated promoter and
contributor to the success of the Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation.Lucas started his fencing career at the Los Angeles Athletic Club under Metre D ’Arms Delmar Calvert. He fenced on the UCD fencing team and was the founding president of the UCD fencing club in 1967.

After years of inactivity, Lucas started back in fencing in 2003.  He has fenced in all 3 weapons at national competitions and was a finalist in several national tournaments of the USFA.

He represented the US in three Veterans World Championship with a best finish of 15th in the world.  He is the founding president of Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation, coach and fencer. Dedicated to put Kern County fencing on the map by producing national level fencers while promoting the charitable side of the foundation thru the “Smart Fencing for Kern County” program.

 


Jeff Flores, Vice President:

 

Jeff Flores, Kern High School District Trustee, has been fighting side by side with local officials, non-profits, and private businesses to improve the quality of life for our community for decades.

He currently serves as Chief of Staff to Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard and championed the East Bakersfield Visioning process to make a blueprint for change and improvements to East Bakersfield.

Jeff received his BA in Political Science at the University of San Diego with a concentration in International Relations, Minor in Spanish, and Master of Public Policy and Administration from CSU Bakersfield, with Post Graduate work in the resources sector at the University of Queensland Australia.

Jeff is on of the original KAFF board members and a foil fencer

 

 


Buel Boaz, Director:

 

Buel Boaz is a retired administrator for Kern County. A US Navy veteran.
He is one of the original KAFF board member, coach and all 3 weapons fencer.  Buel also raises and shows purebred Otter Hounds and Bloodhounds. His dogs have won many shows and championships.

 

 

 

 

 


Ian Silva, Director:

 

Ian Silva started fenced at California State University, Bakersfield in the 1990s and has returned to the sport in recent years as a member of the Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation.  Primarily a foilist, he served for a time as an assistant coach.  However, he has largely stopped coaching to focus on bringing his own skill set up to date.  Ian has worked in detentions for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office since 1999.

 

 

 

 

 


Mark Payette, Treasurer:

 

Mark graduated from the University of Southern California in 1996 and practiced public accounting with BDO Seidman, LLP in Los Angeles.

Mark has spent over twenty years in the Finance and Accounting world in various industries from Film/TV Entertainment, Music Entertainment, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Internet Services, to Health and Fitness.  He is currently in Agriculture and is working for Grapeman Farms where he has held positions as Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting/Administrative Officer.

Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and many children and volunteering within the community.

 


Patrick Hayes, Secretary:

 

Patrick Hayes served the Bakersfield Police Department for over 25 years before retiring as a Detective in 2015.  He is a US Army veteran and the President of Vallum Consulting Group, LLC, and investigation and security consulting company.  He is also a certified instructor in Explosive Incident Countermeasures with the United States Department of State’s Global Anti-Terrorism Assistance program training foreign security personnel in rendering-safe improvised explosive devices.  Patrick is a Bakersfield native and is a foil fencer along with his two sons.

 

 

 


Elizabeth M. Smith:

 

Originally from northern California, she now calls Bakersfield her home. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University, Bakersfield.  Elizabeth currently works as a Marketing Strategist for Lamar Advertising Company.

 

She’s a proud mom of three, two who are aspiring fencers. She enjoys community involvement and hiking the great outdoors!

 

 

 

 


Linda Sullenger:

 

Linda Sullenger, a community development professional and philanthropist with 40 years of
experience in a variety of industries, who has raised countless dollars to support growth and
development initiatives. My past lives have included working in the world of finance, resource
development, and working with local attorneys. Passionate about worthy causes, I’m boots on
the ground working behind the scenes. Charities of choice include SPCA, CASA, Junior
League, Women and Girls Fund, and of course Boys and Girls Clubs. Additionally I have trained
therapy dogs that brighten the day for patients and staff at Memorial and Adventist Health.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shane:

 

Shane is a Bakersfield native. Born and raised in Kern County, he graduated from Garces Memorial High School and continued his education at California State University, Bakersfield, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Shane joined the Trovato Wealth Management Team in January 2016 as a Personal Financial Strategies Specialist.   Shane is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, Active 20-30 Club and other non-profit organizations.