National Fencing Foundation of Washington, D.C.
Athletic & Academic Excellence


Our Team

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President, Board Member

Alexandre Ryjik

Alexandre Ryjik began fencing at age eight in St. Petersburg, Russia. At age 17, he earned a Master of Sport in Fencing of the USSR, one of the most prestigious certifications in this sport. As a coach he has produced a number of national champions and medalists, World Cup and world championship competitors. He was designated United States Coach at the 2009 World Championships in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and head of the U.S. delegation at the 2010 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. He developed a curriculum and trained coaches at the High Level Technical Courses at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also a Professor of Fencing at American and George Mason Universities.



B.A., 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• CEO of Virginia Academy of Fencing
• Professor of Fencing at George Mason University
• Professor of Fencing at American University



Secretary, Board Member

Phil Sbarbaro

Phil Sbarbaro is currently the Corporate Secretary for Addrex Inc, where he has developed an expertise on the legal aspects of the secondary market for IPv4 number blocks. He is the former outside General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel for Network Solutions, Inc. (NSI), a registry of domain names on the Internet (.com, .net, .org, .edu, and .us), and Deputy General Counsel and Chief Litigation Counsel for VeriSign, Inc.

Mr. Sbarbaro has appeared in over 40 federal district and appellate courts around the country. He has conducted internal corporate investigations, bid protests, and federal agency contract disputes before the Department of Energy, the (former) Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Department of Labor.

Mr. Sbarbaro is a also nationally-ranked saber fencer who placed in the top 8 in the world in the 2008, 2011, and 2017 Veteran World Fencing Championships.



Juris Doctor, 1977

B.A., 1967

Activities & Affiliations

• Corporate Secretary & Senior Counsel, Addrex
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Bar Member
• 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, Bar Member
• Supreme Court of Virginia, Bar Member
• U.S. Claims Court, Bar Member
• U.S. Tax Court, Bar Member
• District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Bar Member
• Supreme Court of U.S., Bar Member
• Attorney, California Bar



General Counsel, Board Member

Maura Grant

Maura began her career litigating in the areas of labor and employment law, general corporate law and real estate and construction law, where primarily she represented plaintiffs and employees. In 2009, Ms. Grant joined Hanson & Molloy to practice with J. Dennis Molloy in representing large and small companies, trade associations, and historical societies on the management side, in a range of labor, employment, insurance and reinsurance law issues and offshore corporation formation and insurance law. 

In 2017, Ms. Grant became the managing partner of Hanson & Molloy, PLLC, the Washington, DC law firm that succeeded the late Mr. Molloy and Hanson & Molloy. Ms. Grant advises the firm’s Bermuda-based clients regarding U.S. insurance and reinsurance law and labor and employment law. Ms. Grant also represents U.S.-based clients in corporate and commercial law and not-for-profit law. 



Juris Doctor, 2001

B.A., 1997

Activities & Affiliations

• Washington, D.C. Bar, Member
• New York State Bar, Member

Capitol Clash organizers

Dagi Johnson

Brandon Rochelle

Alexander (Sasha) Ryjik