NASO Board of Directors 2021-22

NASO is guided by a board of directors comprised of sports officials and others in sports and athletic positions throughout the U.S. and Canada. The board is representative of a variety of sports and levels.

The current NASO board of directors includes:

Dean Blandino
Santa Monica, California

NCAA National Coordinator of Instant Replay; Fox Sports Officiating Analyst for NFL and college football broadcasts. Previously served as the NFL’s Vice President of Officiating from 2013 to 2017 and as head of officials for the XFL in 2020.

Carl Cheffers
Whittier, California

An NFL Referee, Carl began officiating in 1980 in Long Beach, CA working various levels of HS and college football. In 1995, he was honored to follow in his father’s footsteps by being appointed to the officiating staff of the Pac-10 where he worked for five seasons. He had the opportunity to work NFL Europe and eventually completed eight seasons there. Following the 1999 NCAA season, he was added to the roster of officials in the NFL as a side judge. Carl became a referee in 2008. Carl has worked many NFL post-season assignments including Super Bowl LI (Atlanta vs. New England) in 2017 and Super Bowl LV (Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City) in 2021.

Lisa Jones
Phoenix, Arizona

Women’s Division I college basketball referee for 20 years, including 10 Final Four assignments. Former WNBA official. Retired Deputy Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department and retired Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the Phoenix office.

Paul LaRosa
Metairie, Louisiana

Louisiana High School Officials Association president; former Louisiana high school football official for more than 40 years; Greater New Orleans Football Officials Association member; serves as game officials’ sideline liaison for Tulane University football and for the New Orleans Saints.

Barry Mano
President
Racine, Wisconsin

Referee chief strategy officer; Referee magazine founder (1975) and publisher; National Association of Sports Officials founder (1980) and president; former 23-year basketball official, who worked nine seasons at the NCAAM D-I level; a renowned public speaker and media guest on issues important to the officiating industry; Officiating Development Alliance (ODA) and Officiating Commentators Alliance (OCA) member.

Dana Pappas
Vice Chair
Albuquerque, New Mexico

After 24 years with the New Mexico Activities Association, serving as Deputy Director since 2012, Dana has joined the NFHS as Director of Officiating Services. She served on the Referee Magazine editorial board from January 2010 to December 2012. Under Dana’s direction, the New Mexico Officials Association served as host of the 2014 NASO Summit in Albuquerque.

Tom Robinson
Chair
Denver, Colorado

Assistant Commissioner for the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) for the past 14 years, was recently named Associate Commissioner of the organization, National Federation of State High School Associations’ Football Rules and Basketball Rules Committees member, a former collegiate football official for the Western Athletic and Mountain West conferences from 1975-2000, and currently serves as replay official in the CFO West, which serves the Big 12, Mountain West and Southland conferences. Robinson started at the CHSAA in 2001.

Pati Rolf
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

Pati serves as USA Volleyball’s director of officials. She was a referee for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games gold-medal match and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games bronze-medal match. She also officiated the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s National Championship. Pati has been a FIVB international official since 2003 and a PAVO/NCAA National Official. She referees at every level of the game from FIVB World Championship events to the youngest of ages. Pati also served as the chair of the USA Rules Commission.

Sandra Serafini
Bahama, North Carolina

Serafini is a retired FIFA, men’s/women’s professional, and collegiate soccer referee, whose officiating brought her to multiple NCAA Final Fours and international events across North America, Europe, and Asia. She currently serves with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Innovation. She is a National Referee-Coach for USSF and Elite Assessor for CONCACAF, and served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) in 2017. She also continues to serve within the Duke University Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Robert Smith, Jr.
Waterloo, Iowa

Robert is in his 20th year as a NCAA Big 10 football official. He has officiated 12 NCAA Bowl games including the 2011 and 2014 BCS National Championship games. He has a total of 30 years as an official for college football and high school girls and boys basketball. Robert received the NFHS Officials Association Official of the Year for boys and girls basketball. He was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame, and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Basketball Officials Hall of Fame.

Mark Uyl
DeWitt, Michigan

Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Executive Director; former MHSAA Assistant Director responsible for officiating programs (2004-2018); NCAA D-I baseball umpire; umpired the 2014 and 2017 NCAA College World Series and the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil; former NASO chair (2015) and board member (2011-15). Current ODA member.

Non-Director Officers and Special Advisers

Bill Carollo
Treasurer, Board Member Emeritus (Non-Voting)
Shorewood, Wisconsin

Carollo is currently the coordinator of football officials for the Collegiate Officiating Consortium – Football (COC) that includes the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley Football conferences. Prior to that he served in various management roles at IBM and Manpower for 35 years. Bill was an NFL official for 20 seasons before retiring in 2009. In addition to officiating eight NFL Championship games, Bill officiated Super Bowl XXX, Super Bowl XXXVII and the 2008 Pro Bowl. Carollo served as a board member and Executive Director of the National Football League Referees Association. Carollo also worked as a Big Ten Conference football and basketball official from 1980-88. Member of the Officiating Development Alliance.

Ron Foxcroft
Special Adviser (Non-Voting)
Hamilton, Ontario

Fox 40 International founder and chief executive officer; chief executive officer and owner of one of North America’s largest trucking logistics companies; current Honorary Colonel of Argyll and Sutherland Army Regiment, appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada; Canadian Entrepreneur of the Decade by Profit magazine; former NCAA D-I and international men’s basketball official; officiated the 1976 Olympic Gold Medal championship basketball game; former NBA officials observer; inducted into several halls of fame; NASO Education Partner; former Officiating Development Alliance member; 2004 Mel Narol Medallion Award recipient; proud charter member of NASO and three-decade sponsor; 2016 NASO Gold Whistle Award recipient.

Bill Topp
Secretary (Non-Voting)
Racine, Wisconsin

Chief operating officer and executive editor at Referee Magazine; has worked for Referee and NASO since 1990; former high school and small college football and basketball official; former major college baseball umpire. Multiple state tournament and postseason collegiate assignments. Former high school conference commissioner and assigner. He is also a member of the Officiating Development Alliance.