Our Team

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FRANK MUSTILLI

Managing Director & Head Fencing Coach

Frank has trained and developed individual champions in District, State, National & World Championships.

  • 36 Championships
  • 63 District Championships
  • 16 Iron Hills Conference Championships
  • 9 individual State Championships
  • 5 National Champions
  • 2 World Champions
Frank Mustilli has been an integral part of New Jersey’s illustrious fencing programs since 1991.Frank’s professional expertise encourages self-esteem, self-confidence and enthusiasm. His proficiency in all weapons, combined with the desire and passion of his students propel them and their teams to top rankings in district, state, regional, national and world championships.

Frank founded New Jersey Fencing Alliance (NJFA) a 501 (c) 3 in 2004. At 17,000 sq. ft. it is one of the largest facilities in the country. The Club is dedicated to introducing the sport of fencing to people of all ages, athletic ability, and diversity.

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LIAN FERGUSON

Managing Director

Affiliations|Associations:

  • Paraprofessional/Substitute Teacher - MBOE
  • Tutor – Success2Gether.org – Montclair, NJ
  • Board of Directors /Chairman PTA - Neighborhood Child Care Center (NCCC) - Montclair, NJ
  • NJ Child Advocacy Representative - Child Care Aware (NACCRRA), Washington, DC
  • Administrative Assistant - New Life At First Church (COGIC) - Montclair, NJ
  • Former Board of Directors - Business Improvement Development (BID) - Montclair, NJ
  • Consultant/Owner – Mango’s Reggae Cafe, Montclair, NJ
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LLC (TNT Alumni) – NY Chapter

Lian Ferguson first came to NJFA in 2018 as a parent looking for an enrichment program for her daughter. After spending time and watching her daughter at NJFA, she decided to volunteer her services to the club bringing her deep experience in advertising sales and the service industry.

After being hired and working under the mentorship of Coach Frank Mustilli, she learned how important the sport of fencing was to those students who faced various mental, emotional, and behavioral health concerns in their daily life. She also realized how critical it was to introduce the sport at a younger age. Making the sport accessible through the club enables all members, especially those who are disadvantaged, to now have the opportunity to experience a less traditional sport as a young student.

Lian's role in the club is to develop programs that offer opportunities to assist fencers to reach their personal goals and accelerate students on their academic path through the art of fencing.

Lian earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Essex County College and a B.S. in Psychology from Montclair State University. She is currently working on her M.S. in Child Advocacy and Policy at Montclair State University.

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MOATAZ ABDELKAREM

Foil Coach

  • 1 Gold at Arab Games in (Doha, 2011)
  • 1 Gold at Arab Championships in (Cairo, 2010)
  • 6th at Mediterranean Games in (Cairo, 2005)
  • 7th at Mediterranean Games in (Turkey, 2004)
  • Many gold/silver medals won in National Competitions

Moataz Abdelkarem was born raised in Egypt, as a child, he practiced many different sports, but his passion was always to become a fencer.  Moataz started fencing at 8 years old, and after many tournaments and intense fencing programs, he became a member of the Egyptian National Team. During that time Moataz participated in many national and international competitions. As a member, he fenced for the Prestigious National Team for 10 years.

When he received the opportunity to use his professional experience in the United States, he was very proud to not only represent Egypt but also be able to work with other international fencers in this country.  Moataz currently coaches young boys and girls from ages 5-15 years old. He coaches basic foundations and techniques of fencing. He also serves as a referee at USA Fencing tournaments throughout the region.

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ALEJANDRA TERAN

Epee Coach

  • Bronze Medal Centro American Games (2018)
  • Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2016)
  • Gold Medal Pan American Qualification Championships (2016)
  • Bronze Medal Pan American Championships (2011, Team Event)
  • Bronze Medal Pan American Games (2011)
  • Gold Medal Junior Pan American Champion (2011)
  • Silver Medal Centro American Games (2010)
Alejandra Terán is a Mexican fencer. She competed in the women's épée event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2017, she competed in the women's team foil event at the 2017 Pan American Fencing Championships held in Montreal, Canada. Alejandra also holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science.
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EDDIE MCDOW

Sabre Coach

  • FOCUS Hispanic Center Adult Protective Services
  • FOCUS Afterschool Enrichment Program
  • Newark Board of Education
  • William Paterson University, B.A., Liberal Arts (2003)
  • St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark (2001)
Eddie McDow began his fencing career in the eighth grade while attending St. Benedict's Prep. He was coached under the tutelage of Hall of Famer Coach Derrick Hoff. Coach Eddie was also captain of the Men's Sabre Team and was twice Commandante by the City of Newark for fencing.
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JANINE BACCHUS-JOSEPHS

Sabre Coach

NJIT

  • Placed 27th in women's saber at the 2020 Mid-Atlantic/South Regional Fencing Championships.

CHS

  • 2018-19 Girls Overall team Captain
  • 2018-19 3rd place Team State Championships
  • 2018-19 2nd place Saber Team District 5 Championships
  • 2018-19 2nd place Saber Individual District 5 championship
  • 2018-19 10th place NJSIAA State Individual Saber Championships
  • 2017-18 Girls Saber Captain
  • 2017-18 2nd place Team State Championships
  • 2017-18 Sabre Team District 5 Champions
Janine Bacchus-Josephs is currently a student-athlete at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and is studying Mathematics of Finance. She started fencing when she was fourteen and fenced for Columbia High School (CHS) for all four years before joining NJIT's Division 1 fencing team.

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