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.
Justin Barleben
Vice President – VACANT
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 knowledgeable, and more consistent officials.
Treasurer – Chris Kowalski
PO Box 583
Orchard Park NY 14127

Secretary – Brady DeVore
Brady has been umpiring baseball and softball since 2010. He was elected to the board as a director in 2021 and in 2023 elected to Secretary.

In addition to umpiring, Brady is a strong supporter of Special Olympics WNY and has organized umpires for their softball events.
Sergeant-At-Arms – Ed Michalek
Director – VACANT

Director – Gary Klumpp
Gary is a former ECC & UB Baseball Player. Signed by the Chicago Cubs, he played 4 years of minor/independent league ball. He is active in the local Baseball Community as an instructor at ACES. He has also done youth umpire clinics in Hamburg Junior baseball/softball.

Elected to the board in 2021. A 12 year member who highlights include Section VI quarter finals and semi finals games. Also worked final in the New Era Baseball tournament final in 2015.

Director – Tom Naeger
Tom started umpiring at age 15.  In 2000 he joined WNYUA working in High School and all of our great leagues.  Highlights include City HS All-Star Game, WNY Legion All Star Game, a no hitter in a 2022 Sectional Game, and the Far West Regional in 2023.

In 2019 he started Collegiate Baseball as a regular in the PGCBL, selected to the Championship Crew in 2021. He has worked in the FCBL, and the NYCBL. Tom works non-conference games in the A10 since 2021. In D-II he works conference games in the NE-10 & ECC. Tom is a member of 3 College groups CBUAO, NECU, and UCU.

Elected to the Board in 2020. He has been an instructor and is in charge of technology for the Association.
Director – Peter Fiore

Director – Rick Antonio

Rick is a graduate of Wendlestedt pro baseball umpire school and has worked about 50 games in MiLB. He has been working college and high school ball since 2002 when he joined WNYUA.

He has been working D1 conference games since 2005 and has work the top Collegiate Summer League at Cape Cod 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 – Joe Burngasser
Director – Brandon Musso