Forte's Coaches

Lisa Campi-Sapery

Sabre / Foil / Epee
With over 30 years of fencing experience, she has the unique distinction of being a national-level fencer, coach, referee, and bout committee member. After retiring from World Cup competition, Coach Lisa earned top officiating classifications in all three weapons. She is an international referee, supervises and mentors young referees in all three weapons. Coach Lisa is a certified Prevôt d’Epée and Moniteur d’Armes from the USFCA. In addition to coaching at the club, Coach Lisa will apply her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, to assisting fencers in understanding healthy nutrition and hydration in both training and competition, proper training methods, and safe cross-training. She is the Co-Head Coach at Morris Hill High School. The program has achieved successes such as NJAC Conference Champions, Morris County Girls Team Champions, Morris County Girls Individuals Champions in all 3 disciplines, Morris County Girls Sabre and Epee Squad Champions, Morris County Boys Foil Individual Champion, District Boys and Girls overall Team Champions, District Individual Girls Sabre Champion, and District Girls Sabre and Epee Squad Champions. Coach Lisa is the co-founder of Forte Fencing Foundation.

Jaime Ayala

Epee / Foil / Sabre
Coach Jaime’s career started in 2008, a year after moving from Mexico, under Barb Lynch at Morris Hills. He has over 9 years of experience in the sport and is constantly learning more from a variety of international coaches in order to become a better athlete and coach. After graduating from MH, Coach Jaime continued his fencing career training under different coaches, including: Slava Danylov, Lisa Campi-Sapery, and Maestro Marcos Lucchetti, to name some. Coach Jaime is a competitive athlete, and is currently training for a spot on the National Team. He has also been the Randolph HS Epee coach and has helped his students achieve different results, which include County Champions as well as a top 10 in NJ State Championship. Jaime is now the assistant coach at PCTI. Coach Jaime received his B.A. in Applied Linguistics and Minor in Asian Studies from Montclair State University. He not only brings his language expertise to Forte Fencing, but an assortment of fencing knowledge.

Michael Malecki

Epee / Foil

Coach Malecki is the founding coach of Morris Catholic's Fencing team. He has coached the team for 9 years. Coach Malecki specializes in the instruction of Foil and Epee. Before coaching at Morris Catholic, Coach Malecki was a Fencer with West Virginia University's fencing club, started the Seton Hill University Fencing Program, and was a safety marshal for a historical fencing society and achieved an Award of Arms in that group. He is a standing member of the US Fencing Association and US Fencing Coach's Association and is training to become a US Fencing Referee.

Keri Ecker

Sabre / Epee
Coach Ecker started fencing at West Milford High School, and eventually moved on to fence at nationally ranked Temple University. After graduating from Temple, Coach Ecker started her coaching career as an assistant coach for Lakeland High School. For the past 7 seasons, Coach Ecker has been the head coach for Lakeland’s program, during which she has never failed to qualify a sabre squad for state championships, has produced teams that won two county championships, and has been named Coach of the Year for Passaic County twice, in both 2012 and 2014.

Karen Kong

Coach Karen began her fencing career, like many, in high school. Karen fenced for Morris Hills under the tutelage of Coach Lisa and went on to fence in the NCAA for Stevens Tech. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge and strategy to sabre fencing. His coaching methods involve the blending of necessary foundations into the more technical.

Angela Cullen


Natalia Dashnaw

Coach Natalia began fencing over 15 years ago and spent the majority of her training under Oleg Stetsiv and Mihail Etropolski at Bergen Fencing Club. She was a 4 year varsity team member at Wayne Valley High School and led the sabre squad to county, district, and state titles while also being competitive on the national circuit. After her competitive career was over she stayed in touch with the fencing community by becoming a nationally recognized referee and coach. As a coach she has been mentored at multiple sabre clubs including Bergen Fencing Club, Masters Fencing Club, and Kaprica United. Natalia brings in a high level of technical knowledge while maintaining the importance of a positive environment.

Andrew "Lefty" Zlotnick

Epee / Foil / Manager
Coach Lefty’s 15 years fencing experience began at Morris Hills High School under the tutelage of the late and always beloved Barb Lynch, Coach Lisa’s sister. After graduating high school, he started coaching at Morris Hills as a volunteer and after 7 years of service, he is now the official assistant coach of the team. Coach Lefty has helped his students achieve great honors, including, but not limited to: Morris County Individual Champion, Morris County Epee Squad Champions, District Epee Squad Champions, and two top 5 Women’s Epee NJ Individual Champions. In college, Lefty was the president of the fencing club in which he wrote the constitution and reestablished club status with the institution. He is a co-founder of Forte Fencing Foundation. Coach Lefty is a nationally-rated referee in epee, and uses his knowledge to observe and mentor new referees. Outside the club, Coach Lefty is a middle school special educator. He combines the methods of teaching young adults and coaching to assist his fencers learn, understand, and master their art.

Jackson Huemer

Fencing since he was 11 years old, Coach Jackson has grown up in the sport of fencing.  After competing briefly in saber, he found his true weapon in epee.  Coach Jackson started 3 years for the Columbia HS fencing team, winning 3 Cetrulo titles (2 epee, 1 overall), 2 state titles (1 Epee squad title, 1 overall state title) and finishing top 8 in the state individually his senior season.  Recruited to fence for Drew University, Coach Jackson qualified for NCAA Regionals both seasons he competed in NCAA competition.  After a brief time away from the sport, he returned to be the Bernards HS coach in 2015.  Over three seasons, the epee squads have flourished, with the boys and girls combining for 2 Cetrulo titles, 2 State titles, and only once having a squad outside the top 8 in the state.  He has been coaching at Livingston HS the last 2 seasons in which the team earned the gold medal at the 2019 Team State Championships. Vice-President of the NJIFA, Coach Jackson has made a commitment to growing NJ fencing.  He is currently competing on the national circuit.

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