Officiating Development

Frankie Billingsley

Position: National Director of Umpires

After playing and coaching, Frankie eventually in found her way to umpiring in 2000.  When she began down this road, Frankie never thought that someday she would be representing Canada in international competitions around the world.  She earned her Softball Canada Level V in 2011 at the Senior Women’s Canadian FP Championship and then her WBSC certification in 2013. Since then Frankie has officiated at a number of international competitions with some highlights being the 2016 (Surrey, BC) and 2018 (Takasaki, Japan) Women’s World Championships; the Pan Am Games (Lima, Peru); the U18 Men’s World Championship (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and one of the 2019 Olympic Qualifiers.  Frankie is very much looking forward to representing our fine nation at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games!  

Off the diamond, officiating basketball is also a pastime.  In both basketball and softball, she has a passion for education, mentorship, and the development of all levels of officials.  Professionally, she has spent over 15 years in leadership positions in higher education and currently is serving as an Associate Registrar at York University, ON.  In addition to all these avocations and, when she is not studying for her doctorate in educational leadership, she cherishes every single moment with her son, Emmett and her partner in life, Ken.

Brent Chadwick

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Brent started umpiring in 1992 and has worked every level of softball along the way to attaining his Level IV in 1996, Level V in 2006 and WBSC in 2008. Along the way, Brent has officiated at 13 Canadian Championships, five International events and one World Championship (Junior Women’s 2013). Brent also has taken his game off the diamond by attaining his Master Instructor and Evaluator Status, thus allowing him to instruct Level IV clinics, supervise Canadian Championships (seven since 2010), and be a regular presenter at Blue Convention. Brent has also been active in Saskatchewan as a member of their Umpire Committee since 1997 with his chief role being in educational instruction and materials.

Brent is currently the Principal at Assiniboia Composite High School and is married to Marni, and has two children Jesse and Brennen.

Don Farr

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Don started umpiring in 1994 and has officiated various levels of both Fast Pitch and Slo-Pitch. He obtained his Level IV in Fast Pitch followed by Level V in Slo-Pitch in 2010 and WBSC certification in 2011.

He has attended as either an official or evaluator at numerous provincials, 5 Fast Pitch Westerns, 4 Canadian Championships and 6 international Slo-Pitch championships, the latest at the WBSC Co-ed in Florida.

Don works with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 30 years. During this time Don completed the duties as their Chief Official 2013 - 2018. Being employed in the CAF has taken Don across Canada and around world allowing him to umpire in different provincial and world organizations (ESF, USA Softball) bringing those experiences back to our program.

Tonya Ribalkin Zanon

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Tonya began umpiring in 1991 and earned her Fast Pitch Level V in 2005 and has been WBSC certified since 2008. She has represented Canada at numerous Canada Cups (Surrey, BC), the 2009 World Games (Kaohsuing, Taiwan), the 2010 World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma, USA), the 2012 Women's Junior Worlds (Cape Town, South Africa), and the 2016 Women's Worlds (Surrey, BC).
Tonya has officiated many Provincials, three Westerns, and four Canadians. She is an instructor and evaluator and has supervised at nine Canadian Championships. 
Professionally, Tonya is an educator and taught middle school for over fifteen years in BC and Alberta. Since 2020, she has worked as a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, holding a Masters' Degree in Educational Psychology specific to that field. Tonya lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband Stefan and three children, Aralyn, Ochlan, and Raielle. 

Geneviève Gaudreau

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Geneviève started umpiring in 1998. She received her level V in 2006 and her WBSC certification in 2008. She officiated in several International events including the Pan Am Games in Toronto in 2015, the Olympic Qualifiers in Surrey in 2019, and the Men's Worlds in New Zealand in 2022. The highlight of her officiating career was attending the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.

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

Scott McLaren

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Scott has been umpiring since 1986 and registered with Softball Canada since 1988. He attended his first Canadian Championship in 1998 before receiving his Level V in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2012 and his WBSC Designation in 2013.

He has represented Canada at two World Championships, the 2014 Jr. Men’s and the 2017 Jr. Women’s, as well The International Cup and the USA Softball Major Men’s Championship. Scott was awarded the 2017 WBSC Umpire of the Year for his work at the Jr. Women’s World Championship.

Prior to joining the ODC in 2018, Scott spent the past five years as a Deputy Provincial Umpire in Chief for Softball BC.

Scott works in the insurance industry and lives in Penticton.

Jason Clark

Position: Deputy Umpire-in-Chief

Jason started umpiring Slo Pitch in 2001 and achieved his level 5 in 2014 and his WBSC accreditation in 2018.

Jason has officiated numerous provincials as well as Canadian Championships. He has also represented Softball Canada in Europe and USA highlighted by the 2018 European Slo Pitch Super Cup in Riccione, Italy and USA Mens A National Championship in 2019.

Off the diamond Jason has enjoyed being a presenter at Blue Convention 2016 and 2023 and was DUIC at the Canadian Championship in 2023. In his home province of Alberta, he is a supervisor, instructor and mentor.

Donna Ozarko

Position: Manager - Officials and Publications

223 Colonnade Road, Suite 212
Ottawa, ON
K2E 7K3

Phone: 613-296-2954

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