IAABO BOARD 33 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

President
Vice President
Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Interpreter
Membership Secretary
Recording Secretary
Immediate Past President
Counsel
Executive Committee (At Large Members)
Non-Voting Presidential Appointees

OFFICERS



President -  Dennis Allocco  (Summit)

Dennis has been a member of IAABO Board 33 since 1995 after starting his IAABO experience with Board 168. Dennis started his officiating career after coaching boy's basketball for 6 years at Morris Catholic HS in Denville, NJ. Dennis has worked for the United States Postal Service for the past 33 years and is currently the Postmaster of Elizabeth, NJ after holding the same position in Bernardsville, East Hanover, Summit, and Morristown. Dennis has held numerous civic positions in his hometown of Summit as the past president of the Summit PAL and co-chair (with his wife Cathy) of First Night Summit along with being a long time member of the Summit Rotary club. Dennis officiates in the NJAC (Div. 3), CACC (D-2), as well as the Northeast Conference, Ivy/Patriot Leagues, Colonial Athletic Association, and the Atlantic-10 division 1 leagues. Dennis and his wife Cathy reside in Summit and are the proud parents of two University of Massachusetts graduates Katelyn and Danielle.

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Vice President - Pat Diamond   (Ringwood)

Pat has been a member of IAABO since 2009. He presently serves as chairman of the Attendance Committee and has served on the Welfare, Mentor, Policy, County Relations, Fees, Constitution and Cadet/ Examination committees. He still is a mentor for new officials and volunteers every year at the Dan Finn Classic. He currently is a Police Officer in Bergen County.


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Executive Secretary / Treasurer– Walter Rusak  (Bridgewater)

  Walter has been a member of IAABO since 1973.  He started on the executive board in 1992 as Attendance Chairperson, and has served as Chairperson of the Cadet Examination committee for seven years.    Other committees he has served on include the Awards, Constitution, and Audit and Budget committees.  He was honored to receive the Dominic Cuccinello Award for Distinguished Service in 2001 and the Frank C Corrigan Award in 2015.  Walter was the President of Board #33 in 2006 and 2007.  In 2009, he was elected to serve as the Executive Secretary & Treasurer of the board.  In addition to his work with the board, he officiates high school volleyball and serves as the assignor for volleyball officials for the Skylands conference. He retired from school administration after 38 years of service.  He also served as a director of the Pulaski Savings Bank.  Walter currently resides in Somerset, NJ with his wife Christine, and is the proud father of 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. 

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Official Interpreter  Dick Hecker - (Hackensack)           

            Dick has been a member of IAABO since 1991. He has served on several committees including Public Relations, Interpretation, and the Mechanics and Techniques Committee. Dick currently serves as the Interpreter and is chairman of the Education & Development Committee which is responsible for overseeing the Cadet program. He currently officiates at both the college and high school levels. Dick is employed with NAI James E. Hanson Commercial Real Estate serving as a Vice President. Dick currently resides in Bergen County.

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Membership Secretary – James Llewellyn (Bridgewater)

James has been a member of IAABO Board 33 since 1990 and has been a board member since 2014. He served as the Somerset County mentor representative from 2006 to 2013, providing dedicated mentors and game opportunities for our membership. Other committees he has served include the Mechanics and Membership committees. He officiated previously high school and collegiate basketball and was affiliated with CBOA, CBOO, NJAC, ECAC, and NJCAA organizations. He is currently an observer of officials for CBOO. He is a principal/hydrogeologist for Appalachia Hydrogeologic & Environmental Consulting, LLC and resides in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

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Recording Secretary – Laura Tencza (Passaic)

Laura has been a member of IAABO since 2014. She has served on the Welfare Committee and was one of Board 33's 2016 Farricker scholarship winners. Laura is an attorney and was an assistant prosecutor for the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office for 25 years retiring in December 2013. She also is actively involved in volunteering at the Wayne PAL as well as coaching girls 5th grade travel basketball there for over 20 years.

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Immediate Past President - Nick Brown  (Hackensack)

Nick has been a member of IAABO since 1996. He has served on both the Constitution and Ethics committees. He has also served as a mentor for cadets and newer officials. He has worked in various conferences as a women’s college official. Nick presently lives in Bergen County.

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Counsel – Alan Goldberger (Montclair)

Al has served as counsel to Board 33’s Executive Committee since 1977; and as President of the Board in 2000-2001. He also serves as Parliamentarian and legal counsel to Board 33’s parent organization, the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials, Inc. Al officiated college basketball in the Northeast Conference, as well as college baseball and high school football. He is the author of Sports Officiating: A Legal Guide, the recognized legal authority for officials. Each year, at the IAABO Spring Meeting and, again at the IAABO Fall World Basketball seminar, Al presents programs to IAABO members, officers and interpreters in attendance. He is a frequent speaker to officials and other sports industry groups including the National Association of Sports Officials, Atlantic 10 Conference/Patriot League Developmental Camp, the California Basketball Officials Association, US Lacrosse, the New Jersey Council of Administrators of Health & Physical Education, the Athletic Trainers Society of New Jersey, Inc., the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association, the National Police Athletic League, the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials; and many state and local high school athletic associations, colleges, universities, and school districts. In 2004, Al was the recipient of Board 33’s Dominic Cuccinello Distinguished Service Award; and in 2006, the Frank C. Corrigan Memorial Award. Al is the 2011 recipient of the National Association of Sports Officials Mel Narol Medallion Award.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (AT-LARGE)



Attendance – Jim Llewellyn - Walt Rusak


Audit and Budget –Wade Woody Woodson (Edison)

Wade has been a member of IAABO since 1991. He is the current Audit and Budget Committee Chairman. He is the Principal Owner of The Maya Group, a consulting and personal development company and AVP Client Services at Guy Carpenter & Company. Wade has officiated High School and State games in NJ with the NJSIAA. And College, High School and State games as member of IHSA (Chicagoland Basketball Officials and Northern Officials Assoc.) Wade is Board Vice President of Habitat for Humanity, Greater Newark and has served on Alumni Boards of St Benedict’s Prep and Rutgers. In addition to being a mentor with Big Brother Big Sister Essex & Hudson County. Wade lives in Edison, has 2 daughters and a son.

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Awards – Gil Bragg (North Plainfield)

Gilbert has been a member of IAABO since 1981. He has served on the attendance and awards committee. He has officiated in a number of states games and the tournament of champions. He’s retired from the Irvington Board of Education after 35 years. He is also active on the executive committees for NJFOA and NJSBUA. He lives in North Plainfield with his wife Lisa and daughters LaTaisha (Deceased) TY-Lisa, and Catherine


Banquet – Bill Meyer (Westfield)


Constitution – Laura Tencza (Passaic)


County Relations – Bill Lord (Clark)

Bill has been a member of IAABO since 1982 and has served on the mechanics and techniques, ethics, and mentor committees. He officiated on the college level for seventeen years making three appearances in the Division III, NCAA tournament. As a member of CBOA he received the prestigious Tom Lopes award in 2010. During Bill’s high school career there were numerous appearances in state finals and TOC contests. Bill is also a member of the Central Jersey Track and Field as well as the School and College Officials Association, (SCOA) and was awarded this soccer organizations “man of the year” award in 2010. He is a retired law enforcement officer and currently resides in Clark, NJ with his wife Joann. They have three children and four grandsons.


Education & Development Chairman – Dick Hecker (Hackensack)

Dick has been a member of IAABO since 1991. He has served on several committees including Public Relations, Interpretation, and the Mechanics and Techniques Committee. Dick currently serves as the Interpreter and is chairman of the Education & Development Committee which is responsible for overseeing the Cadet program. He currently officiates at both the college and high school levels. Dick is employed with NAI James E. Hanson Commercial Real Estate serving as a Vice President. Dick currently resides in Bergen County.

 

Ethics – Robert LsSalle (North Haledon)

Bob has been a member of Board 33 since 2005. He has served on the Ethics and Welfare Committees. He officiates basketball at the college and high school level and also officiates high school softball. He is a practicing attorney and statewide arbitrator for 40 years. He is a former Municipal Prosecutor, PBA attorney, Athletic Director and an honorary silver life member of New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association. He resides in North Haledon with his wife Carol. His children attended Penn State University and the University of Delaware.


Mechanics and Techniques – Gary Sluck (Verona)

            Gary has been a member of IAABO since 2002. He has served on the welfare, mentor, constitution and education & development committees. Gary spends much time in the off season as an instructor and many of the local officiating camps as well as the national IAABO camp. He is the owner of a financial planning firm where he has been practicing for almost three decades. He lives in Verona with his wife, MaryBeth and their two sons, Michael and Christopher.

           

Policy – Gary Patterson (Bloomfield)

Gary has been a member of IAABO Board #33 since 1998. He has previously served on the Audit & Budget, Ethics, and the Mechanics & Techniques Committees. Additionally he has served as a mentor for cadets and newer officials. Gary has officiated several county and State Group finals, and in 2013 officiated the TOC final. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Met-NJ Collegiate Basketball Officials Association. He is a current Mens NCAA Basketball referee having officiated 4 Conference Championship games. Gary currently resides in Bloomfield, NJ.


Public Relations – William Rudowitz (Monroe)

Bill has been a member of IAABO Board 33 since 2008.. He currently officiates high school basketball, as well as high school volleyball and high school boys lacrosse. He has worked several boys Volleyball State Championship finals. He has coached a variety of youth sports in his community. Bill is currently VP – Client Services at Traliant Holdings, LLC. He lives in Monroe Township, NJ with his wife Marlene and they have three grown children, A.J., Brian and Kelsey, all former student athletes in NJ.


Special Projects – Bruce Davis  (Scotch Plains)

Bruce has been a member of IAABO Board #33 since 1995. He officiated at various levels around the state before becoming the girls’ basketball coach at Scotch Plains Fanwood HS and later the AD at The Patrick School. He is now a retired engineer and school teacher, works as a substitute teacher in several districts, as well as a NJSIAA soccer and basketball official. Bruce has worked closely with Special Olympics for over twenty years and was appointed to chair the Special Projects committee during the 2011-12 season. In that capacity, he solicits and coordinates volunteers for the Special Olympics of New Jersey’s yearly basketball tournament, held each winter/spring at the two sites within Board 33’s jurisdiction. He was recently honored to be selected to work his second quadrennial USA Games for Special Olympics. Bruce resides in Scotch Plains with his wife Anne, a realtor. His only daughter, Lindsey Sank Davis (BA, MA, PhD), currently lives in Brookline, MA.


Welfare – Richard DePena - (Ridgefield Park)

Richard has been a member of IAABO Board 33 since 2003. He currently serves as Chairman of Welfare, has been a member of the Cadet and Mechanics Committees, Public Relations and has actively volunteered and refereed The Dan Finn Classic for the last five years. Rich also officiates Women’s College basketball in various Division 2 amd 3 conferences across New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has served on the Village of Ridgefield Park Board of Recreation and is a 17 year active member of the Ridgefield Park Fire Department. Rich is happily married with three children, Jenisse, Karissa, and Justin and presently owns his own catering business.


Women's Coordinator – Deidra Chatman - (Newark)

Deidra has been a member of IAABO Board 33 since 2012. She currently serves as the Women’ Coordinator. In addition to being an IAABO Board official, Deidra officiates Women’s College basketball (Juco-DII). Prior to officiating, Deidra coached Freshman Girls Basketball at East Orange Campus High School for 5 seasons. She is on the Board of Trustees at the East Orange Public Library and is in her 10th year working as a library/media specialist in the East Orange School District.


Web Site Coordinator – Robert Riker (Little Falls)

Bob has been a member of IAABO since 2002. Presently serving as Board 33’s Website Coordinator he has helped bring information to the forefront for the benefit of the entire membership. He has served on the Interpretation, Awards, Cadet, Welfare, County Relations, Mechanics and Techniques Committees. He has been a mentor for new officials and also officiates softball. He is on the Board of Trustees for The Dan Finn Classic and is Board 33's 2014 recipient of the Dominic Cuccinello Distinguished Service Award. Bob is a retired Detective Captain of Police.  

 

NON-VOTING PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES


Rebound Editor – Ken Hand (Perth Amboy)

Ken has been an IAABO member since 1975 and was President of Board 33 in 2001-02. He has served as the Attendance and Cadet/Examination Committee Chairman. Ken has received the Dominic Cuccinello Award for Distinguished Service in 2000 and the Frank C. Corrigan Award for Distinguished Service to basketball in 2005. He has served on the Executive Committee since 1988. Ken coached baseball at Perth Amboy High School and received the New Jersey Scholastic Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Service Award in 2016. He is also a Life Member with the New Jersey Football Officials Association. Ken was the Official Scorer for the New Jersey Cardinals baseball team and has scored for the Lakewood Blue Claws. Ken is a retired education administrator.



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