Board Members

President – Norb Schmalfeld
Norb was elected to the position of President of Western New York Umpire Association in 2020. He has been a working member of WNYUA for Over 35 years and having served on the Board of Directors since 2004. He has over 50 years of baseball & softball umpiring experience. In addition, he also served as a Hockey Official for 44 years having retired from that sport in 2017. In addition to his role on the Board, he has been an instructor for the Association along with a mentor for newer umpires.
Vice President – Deborah Dourlain
Treasurer – Chris Kowalski
Recording Secretary – Russ Medina
Russ serves as the Softball rules interpreter and Trainer for Western New York Umpire Association.
Sergeant-At-Arms – Ed Michalek

Justin Barleben
Director – Justin Barleben
Justin has been umpiring baseball at the high school and recreational levels since 2013 and at the junior college, NCAA D-III, and summer collegiate levels since 2018. He moved up through the ranks quickly and at a young age thanks to the teaching and support provided by many of the members of WNYUA. Justin plans to use the skills he has learned as a high school teacher for Buffalo Public Schools and as an umpire to help both new candidates and veteran members of our organization become better, more knowledgable, and more consistent officials.
Director – Gary Klumpp
Twelve yr baseball/softball umpire WNYUA.
Plate ump for Section VI quarter finals, semi finals 2018, 19, 20.
Participated in youth umpire clinics Hamburg Junior baseball/softball recreation league 2020, 21.
Base umpire for the New Era Baseball tournament final, 2015, Sahlen Field.
Baseball pitching instructor ACES  baseball/softball Factory (formerly Rick Lancelotti BSB) 20 yrs
UB baseball player/pitcher, 1980-83
ECC baseball player/pitcher 1978-79
Signed as Chicago Cub minor league pitcher 1983.
Played minor league/ independent league ball till 1987.
Father of two sons, Jordon, 27, Noah, 23.
Lives in Hamburg, NY.

Director – Tom Naeger
Tom started umpiring in 1995 at Lou Gehrig.  In 2000 he joined WNYUA working in High School and all of our great leagues.  In 2019 he started Collegiate Baseball as a regular in the PGCBL and was invited to spend a week in the FCBL in 2020. In 2021, Tom worked non-conference D-I games in the A10, and conference games in D-II for the North East 10 & East Coast Conference. He was also selected to the 2021 PGCBL Championship Crew.

In addition to his role on the Board, he has been an instructor for the Association. Tom also heads the Organizations Technology Committee.

Mike Wozniak
Director – Mike Wozniak


Director – Rick Antonio

Rick is a graduate of Wendlestedt pro baseball umpire school and has worked about 50 games in MiLB. he started working college and high school ball in 2002 when he came back to Buffalo and joined WNYUA.
He has been working D1 conference games since 2005 and has been invited to work Cape Cod Collegiate Summer League baseball since 2008.
Rick had the plate for 2019 Cape Cod All Star Game and has worked several playoff games in Cape Cod, NECBL, NYCBL, and PGCBL. He also has been a mainstay in the MUNY AAA League since 2002, working the NABF National Tournament Finals in 2012.
Director – Brady DeVore

Director – Open