SPEAKERS

BRAD ALLEN

BRAD ALLEN

NFL Referee

Former ACC football official; NFL referee 2014-present; President & Executive Director of North Carolina Senior Games.

Amanda cox

Amanda cox

WPL Match Official Manager

Referee manager for the rugby Women’s Premier League; Match level assignment support and development.

dave foxcroft

dave foxcroft

Fox 40 Int. President & COO

Retired from the Canadian Football League after 22 seasons onfield; CFL Command Centre; Fox 40 International.

ADAM JAMES

ADAM JAMES

Founder & CEO Mindful Journey

Motivational keynote speaker and national mental health well-being expert; NCAAM basketball official.

Jamie McGregor

Jamie McGregor

USA Rugby, Training & Education

Senior Director of Training and Education for USA Rugby; former acting head of Rugby Services for Rugby Australia.

Karissa Niehoff

Karissa Niehoff

NFHS CEO

Chief Executive Officer, National Federation of State High School Associations; former CAS-CIAC (Conn.) Executive Director.

JOAN POWELL

JOAN POWELL

W4 Coord. of Women's Volleyball

Retired NCAA volleyball national coordinator. Officials coordinator for the W4 Volleyball Consortium. 2022 Gold Whistle Award.

KARI SEITZ

KARI SEITZ

US Soccer VP of Refereeing

Retired FIFA soccer referee & former FIFA Head of Women’s Refereeing; Vice President of Refereeing for US Soccer.

Karen Swanner

Karen Swanner

NISL Director of Officials

First Director of Officials for the National Indoor Soccer League; Officiating mental fitness & performance expert.

mark uyl

mark uyl

MHSAA Executive Director

Retired NCAA Division I Umpire, 2014 & 2017 College World Series Umpire, 2007 Pan Am Games Brazil. NASO board member.

Davis Whitfield

Davis Whitfield

NFHS Chief Operating Officer

Former commissioner of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association; former ACC associate commissioner.

Marcus Woods

Marcus Woods

College Football Referee

ACC football referee; referee for the 2024 CFP Championship game between Washington and Michigan.

Roger Ayers

Roger Ayers

NCAAM Basketball Referee

Retired firefighter and longtime NCAAM D-I basketball referee; selected to four Final Fours; longtime camp clinician.

Bob Delaney

Bob Delaney

Retired NBA Referee

Retired undercover New Jersey state trooper. Mental toughness & trauma expert. 2003 Gold Whistle Award.

Ron Foxcroft

Ron Foxcroft

Fox 40 Int. Founder & CEO

Retired NCAAM D-I basketball official; 1976 Olympic Gold Medal referee; NASO board special adviser; 2016 Gold Whistle Award.

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

NCAAW Basketball Referee

11-time NCAAW Final Four referee; retired Deputy Chief of Phoenix Fire Dept; NASO board member.

Devonie McLarty

Devonie McLarty

NCAA Volleyball Referee

College volleyball referee; PAVO board member; Director of Officials for the Pro Volleyball Federation. 

Charlie Obermayer

Charlie Obermayer

NCAA Men's Lacrosse Official

Former Senior Manager of officials development for US Lacrosse; collegiate men’s lacrosse official.

MICHELLE PRATER

MICHELLE PRATER

NCAA Women's Volleyball Referee

5-time NCAA women’s volleyball championship referee; GHSA rules interpreter; Atlanta Area Volleyball Association Assigner.

sandra serafini

sandra serafini

US Soccer National Instructor

Retired FIFA soccer referee & former Director of Strategic Initiatives & Innovation for PRO. NASO board member.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

NFL Down Judge

First woman hired onfield full-time by the NFL; down judge for Super Bowl 55; 2024 Inspire Award recipient.

don van massenhoven

don van massenhoven

NHL VP Officiating Operations

Retired NHL referee; Vice President of NHL Officiating Operations; six Stanley Cups, 2006 Olympics.

Rob Wigod

Rob Wigod

Retired CIF-SS Commissioner

Retired Commissioner of California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section; NASO board member.

Ernie yarbrough

Ernie yarbrough

GHSA Assistant Executive Dir.

Assistant Executive Director & Coordinator of Officiating for Georgia High School Association; 2024 Mel Narol Medallion.

DON COLLINS

DON COLLINS

Sports Officiating Legal Expert

Retired Commissioner of CIF-San Francisco Section; Referee & NASO contributor; 2016 Mel Narol Medallion Award.

jina Doyle

jina Doyle

Senior VP American Specialty

Senior Vice President, Client Services at American Specialty Insurance (NASO insurance provider since 2004).

Alan Goldberger

Alan Goldberger

Sports Law Attorney

Referee & NASO contributor; Author of “Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide”; 2011 Mel Narol Medallion Award.

Paul Larosa

Paul Larosa

LHSOA Past President

Retired high school football official; Past President of Louisiana High School Officials Association. 

Katy Meyer

Katy Meyer

PAVO Executive Director

NCAA Beach Volleyball rules interpreter; AVCA board of directors, USAV Arizona Region member.

DANA PAPPAS

DANA PAPPAS

NFHS Dir. of Officiating Services

Former NMAA (New Mexico) Deputy Director and Commissioner of Officials. NASO board member.

Chris Rastatter

Chris Rastatter

NCAAM National Coordinator

National Coordinator of Men’s College Basketball Officiating; Retired NCAAM D-I referee; Two-time NCAAM Final Four referee.

Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw

CFO National Coordinator

National Coordinator of football officials and NCAA football secretary-rules editor; 2020 Mel Narol Medallion Award.

BILL TOPP

BILL TOPP

NASO President

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Editor of Referee magazine. President of NASO since 2023.

Julie Voeck

Julie Voeck

Volleyball Secretary-Rules Editor

NCAA Women’s Volleyball secretary-rules editor; PAVO President; retired women’s college volleyball official.

ANDREW WALKER

ANDREW WALKER

USTA Dir. of Education & Training

Director of Education & Training for the United States Tennis Association; Chief Umpire, US Open.

larry young

larry young

Retired MLB Umpire

MLB Umpire Supervisor since 2009; All-Star game 1991 & 2003, World Series 1996 & 2003; 2002 Gold Whistle Award.

Christie Cornwell

Christie Cornwell

Coordinator SEC Softball Umpires

Retired softball umpire; Three-time Women’s College World Series umpire; SEC coordinator 2017-present.

DONnie eppley

DONnie eppley

IAABO Membership & Technology

Retired NCAAM D-I basketball official; Director, Membership & Technology for the Int Assoc of Approved Basketball Officials. 

Robin Hines

Robin Hines

GHSA Executive Director

Retiring Executive Director of the Georgia High School Association; former coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent.

Suzanne Lowry

Suzanne Lowry

AVP Head Referee

FIVB, AVP, USAV and PAVO referee; only female R1 for multiple AVP Men’s Finals; R1 for outdoor match at Nebraska.

Jason Nickleby

Jason Nickleby

MSHSL Assistant Director

Assistant Director & Coordinator of Officiating for the Minnesota State High School League; Big 10 center judge.

Mike Pereira

Mike Pereira

FOX Sports Football Rules Analyst

Retired NFL official; Former VP of NFL Officiating; UFL Officiating Co-Director; 2019 Mel Narol Medallion Award.

Pati Rolf

Pati Rolf

USA Volleyball Dir. of Officials

Director of Officials for USA Volleyball; PAVO/NCAA National Official; Olympic Volleyball Referee. NASO board member.

Robert Smith

Robert Smith

NASO Chair & B1G Back Judge

Big 10 back judge; Executive Director of University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education; NASO Board Chair.

Ron Torbert

Ron Torbert

NFL Referee

Former Big 10 football official; NFL official 2010-present; Referee for Super Bowl LVI. NASO board member.

Ken Washington

Ken Washington

AHSAA Director of Officials

Director of Officials for the Alabama High School Athletic Association; sport administrator for baseball & soccer.

Debbie Williamson

Debbie Williamson

NCAAW Conference Coordinator

Retired National Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials; Multi-conference coordinator of women’s basketball officials.

gary zielinski

gary zielinski

Retired NBA Referee

NBA Director of Amateur Officiating Development; 1,023 regular-season games, 18 playoff games; All-Star game 2018.