Officiating Development Committee

Jeff Whipple

National Director of Umpires
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. After joining Softball Canada's Officiating Development Committee in 2008, Jeff was appointed as National Director of Umpires in 2013.
An educator, Jeff is currently an instructional technology coach, helping to support his colleagues and their students in schools across Anglophone West School District to leverage technology for teaching and learning. He is also a Senior Consultant with Educational Collaborators (St. Louis, MO), speaking at conferences and working 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

Deputy Umpire-In-Chief
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. Doug has supervised many Provincial and 13 Canadian Championships in either Fast Pitch or 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. 

Locally Doug is co-UIC of the Barrie and District Girls Minor Softball Association and works with the officials who work the house league and rep games. He also evaluates umpires for the local Slo-Pitch Association.

His ODC duties include Editor of the revived LV Newsletter, now called “The Dish” which is a 2 page newsletter aimed at LV and L4 officials, our program leaders. Doug has also taken on the task of editor of the Between the Lines umpire document which has not been sent out Canada wide for several years. All Softball Canada on-line content also comes under his mandate.

Geneviève Gaudreau

Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Geneviève started umpiring in 1998. She received her level V in 2006 and her ISF certification in 2008. She officiated in four International events (Easton Youth Cup in Prague, 2009, Junior Women in Capetown 2011, Senior Women in Haarlem, 2014 and the Pan Am Games in Toronto, 2015).

She was the Québec PUIC from 2010 to 2015. She is also a supervisor, an instructor and a mentor.

Gary Skjerven

Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Gary has been a registered umpire in Saskatchewan and Canada for over 25 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), one Pan American Championship and one Pan American Games, 8 Canadian Championships, Canada Cup, 3 Nations Challenge and numerous Westerns and Provincials. He has also been active as a mentor and evaluator as a UIC/DUIC at 8 Canadian Championships and numerous Provincials and Westerns.

Off the diamond, he has been a member of the national ODC for 5 years and a Provincial DUIC for 10 years, Clinic instructor for 20+ years and instructed a Softball Canada Level IV clinics. He received the “D” rating as an Instructor and Evaluator in 2010.

Gary has two grown daughters and three grandchildren. He has been a Manager and Auditor in the credit union system for over 40 years.

Sandra Forand

Deputy Umpire-in-Chief
Sandra has umpired for over 30 years. She has officiated both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch and has umpired at 4 Canadian Championships. This past summer she received her Level V Slo-Pitch at the Sr. Men’s in London ON. Sandra held the position of the Slo-Pitch Deputy Umpire in Chief for Softball Ontario.
Much of her passion for sport is her off field endeavours. Working with others, whether evaluating, supervising or executive contributions, is an important element of giving back to the game. The same can be true of Sandra’s basketball career. A former CIS/NCAA Division 1 official, staying in the game she loves, by working with others, is just as rewarding as any gold medal game.
An Educational Assistant with NCDSB working with Special Needs students, Sandra continues to provide to all students a role model, coach and mentor. She has also travelled globally with World Special Olympics while officiating basketball. She has two older children, Holly and Russell and is a partner with Steve.

Susan Strafford

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 2013, the Senior Women's World Championship in 2012 and the Pan American Games in 2015.
Susan is active in the in the Provincial program in BC and continues as Rules Interpreter for the Province as well as chairing the Rules Committee for the ODC. 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.

Sal Gara

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Sal’s many years of experience includes five Canadian Championships and one Canada Summer Games. He received his Level V in 2010 and his ISF certification one year later. In addition, he was the Deputy Umpire-in-Chief at the 2013 U14 Girls Canadian Fast Pitch Jamboree and the Umpire-in-Chief at the 2015 U18 Women's Canadian Championship. His international experience includes the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open and the 2015 World Cup of Softball and he has extensive experience as an instructor and evaluator at the provincial and national level.

Retired from a long career at Statistics Canada, Sal is fluently bilingual and has strong connections to both the Quebec and Ontario umpiring communities, having held several leadership positions within Softball Ontario.

Ryan DeBelser

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

Donna Ozarko

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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