Officiating Development Committee

Jeff Whipple

Position: National Director of Umpires
30 Parkside Drive
Fredericton, NB
E3B 2T2
Phone: 506-461-3991
Jeff started umpiring in 1986.  After officiating at four Canadian Championships, he received his Level V and ISF certification in 1997. Subsequently, he officiated at two ISF World Championships (Junior Women, Taipei, 1999; Senior Women, Saskatoon, 2002) and the ISC World Tournament (Eau Claire, 2005). 
While he enjoys the on-field action as an official, his real passion is teaching and learning. He has instructed at many certification clinics and mechanics schools and has been a UIC or DUIC at eight Canadian Championships.
A middle school Math and Science teacher, Jeff is currently seconded as a technology mentor where he helps support his colleagues and their students in leveraging technology in their classrooms. He also speaks at conferences and works with schools across North America around 21st century literacy and learning. Jeff and his wife, Tracey, have four grown children and live in Fredericton.

Doug Cundall

Position: Deputy Umpire-In-Chief
23 Brennan Ave
Barrie, Ontario
L4N 3X2
Phone: (705) 739-8841

Doug and his wife Gail reside in Barrie, Ontario where he is a retired Elementary School Vice-Principal. Doug has been officiating since 1966. He has served as an Instructor and Evaluator, the Chair of the Umpire Committee and as Slo-Pitch UIC for the Province of Ontario. He has his level IV designation in both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch and has officiated at six Canadian Championships, 4 Slo-Pitch and 2 Fast Pitch events. Up to 2013, Doug has supervised many Provincial and 12 Canadian Championships in both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch.

Doug was appointed to the ODC in November 2003. He has many years experience as an official in high level Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch. While Doug has recently retired from the diamond as an active official, he continues to take part in clinics as an instructor and at events as an evaluator as well as supervise tournaments. 

Included in his ODC duties, Evaluation policies and practices and Clinic materials have become favourite responsibilities that Doug has taken on for the ODC and the umpires in Canada.

Bonnie Gostola

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
701 2nd St. SW
High River, AB
T1V 1A3
Phone: 403-652-4018
Fax: 403-603-3349
Bonnie began umpiring in 1981.  She has since become very active, both on and off the diamond.  Along the way, Bonnie has worked in assisting the local and provincial umpiring programs to help put the best product, namely, the umpires, on the diamond. As a working umpire, she has officiated in three Canadian Championships, four Canada Cup competitions, several Western Canadian Championships, and Provincial Championships at every level.  She has also had the honour of representing Softball Canada, as an umpire at three international events; the Pan-American Games, 2007, the World Cup of Softball, 2009, and the Senior Women’s World Championships, 2010.  Bonnie also enjoys the administrative side of the game, as well.  She has served on the executives of two local associations and acts as an Instructor, Evaluator, and Mentor at the local and Provincial Level.
Bonnie is married, with one grown son.  She works in the Health Care profession providing care in Long Term Care in her home town of High River. Until recently, she was also an official in Basketball and Volleyball. When not on the diamond, Bonnie can be found enjoying the great outdoors, while camping and golfing.

Len Gorgei

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
Len began his umpiring days back in 1988 and is now a Level IV, FP umpire and obtained his Slo-pitch Level V designation in 2004. Len has had the opportunity to officiate in five Slo-pitch Canadian Championships and one Fast Pitch Canadian Championship. He has umpired at the 2005 World Master Games as well as the 2002 ISC World Fastball Championships. Over the years, Len has been involved in Softball as an instructor, evaluator and Zone Umpire-in-Chief for both fastball and slo-pitch. He finds enjoyment in officiating both games.

At the present time Len and his wife Lily, reside in Caledonia, Ontario. He is employed as an elementary school teacher, teaching within the intermediate division and looks forward to retirement in the next few years.

Gary Skjerven

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
Gary has been a registered umpire in Saskatchewan and Canada for over 20 years. He attained his Level V in 2002 and ISF Certification in 2003. Throughout this time he has umpired three ISF World Championships (Jr. Mens, Sr. Mens, Universaide), seven Canadian Championships, Canada Cup, 3 Nations Challenge and numerous Westerns and Provincials. He has also been active as a mentor and evaluator at numerous Provincials and Westerns as well as a UIC and DUIC at three Canadian Championships.
Off the diamond, he has been a Provincial DUIC for 10 years, Clinic instructor for 16 years and instructed a Softball Canada Level IV clinic in 2008. He received the “D” rating as an Instructor and Evaluator in 2010.
Gary and wife Joanne live in Balcarres. They have two grown daughters and two granddaughters. He has been a Manager and Auditor in the credit union system for over 30 years.

Noreen Atkinson

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
Noreen lives in Georgetown Ontario and enjoys being a mom to her son Jordan.  She began playing competitive Fast pitch on a Jr. Women’s team when she was just 15.  As a catcher, it seemed natural to take on the role of Umpire.  It was extremely unusual to find a female Umpire in 1975 but there she was working a men’s league which included a team of teachers from her High School.  She enjoyed playing and umpiring the sport but turned all her attention to umpiring after having her son.
Noreen has officiated at dozens of Provincial Championships, and five Canadian Championships.  She received her Level V status in 2002 and became ISF certified in 2006. She received an International assignment in 2007 at the Jr. Women’s World Championship in the Netherlands.
Noreen has been a UIC and/or DUIC of five Canadian Championships helping to inspire and motivate officials in an effort to promote the Softball Canada Umpiring Program. She enjoys mentoring many young and new officials and is constantly attempting to recruit umpires even when refereeing volleyball in the winter.
Noreen has worked as an Operations Manager the transportation industry for over 25 years and most recently completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Canisius College.

Susan Strafford

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
Susan has been umpiring for over 30 years and obtained her Level V status in 2007 followed by her ISF certification in 2008. Susan has worked six Canadian Championships, the Junior Women's Pan American Qualifier in 2010, the Junior Women's World Championship in 2011 and Senior Women's World Championship in 2012.
Susan is an active member of the Provincial ODC in BC and continues as Rules Interpreter for the Province. She is an active clinician at all levels in BC as well as helping to train new umpires.
In her spare time Susan enjoys NFL football and seeing friends and family.

Ryan DeBelser

Position: Board Liaison
2612 Coopers Circle SW
Airdrie, AB
T4B 3K2
Phone: 403-945-3478

Donna Ozarko

Position: Manager - Officials
223 Colonnade Road, Ste 212
Ottawa, ON
K2E 7K3
Phone: (613) 523-3386 Ext. 3101
Fax: (613) 523-5761


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