Meet The Team
2022-2023 MI DIV Officers
The Michigan Division Board is elected by members at the Annual Meeting in June and serves a one-season term from August 1st through July 31st.
Lucia Procopio is a foil coach at Renaissance Fencing Club and has been coaching there since 2018. She began fencing in 2008 and fenced on the Northwestern University NCAA team from 2014-2018, serving as Captain from 2017-2018. Procopio was the Assistant Coach at Wayne State University from 2018-2022 and served as Interim Head Coach there from 2020-2021. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Sport Coaching and Leadership at Michigan State University.
Beth Vance has been active in MI Division fencing for over 20 years, serving as Chair in 2004/2005 and 2021-2022 seasons. Beth was on the 2013 Veteran World Women's Saber Team, and has taken first place in a Veteran Combined Saber NAC, and consistently finishes in the top 8 at Veteran NAC's and Summer Nationals. Beth trains at the Renaissance Fencing Club where she also serves as an assistant coach for the beginner, adult, and competitive youth saber program.
Laurie sees fencing as a sport that can benefit the young and more mature in a multitude of ways. Laurie started fencing mid-life in 2012. Since this time she has obtained a rating in all three weapons, certification to referee in all three weapons, and has obtained Moniteur coaching status. You will find her at Traverse City Fencing Club in Traverse City, Michigan. Laurie works as a professional human resources consultant for small businesses and charter schools across the state of Michigan.
Formerly from Houston, TX, Evelyn is a fencing parent of two competitive foilists and has been traveling with her fencers locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, for almost a decade. She has experience organizing and running local and regional tournaments in both Texas and Michigan. Evelyn is a parent-volunteer at Renaissance Fencing Club where she Co-Chairs the annual sports banquet fundraiser. She served as the MI DIV Secretary for the 2021-22 season.