2017 Election candidates

Ladies and gentlemen of th IHOA membership. Below are this year’s candidates. Please take a few minutes to become acquainted with them, and ready to vote on MAY 8, 2017 @ 7pm at the BLOOMINGDALE GOLF CLUB.


Joe Guzzardi

My name is Joe Guzzardi, and I will be entering my 7th season since returning to officiating. During this time, I have assisted in instructing numerous seminars, mentored many new officials, worked as a supervisor and evaluator, and most recently attended the USA Hockey instructor training seminar.
My hope is that I can continue to service the officials in the state of Illinois by using my experiences to develop individuals and assist them in reaching whatever goals they wish to accomplish as an official, be it bettering basics of officiating to working more advanced games such as Tier I. My goal, should I be elected to the IHOA Board, would be to continue to evolve our training and development programs to place each official in a position to meet their ambitions.
I am honored to have been nominated, and thank you for your consideration to serve on this board for you.

Len Edling

Len Edling has been involved in Illinois hockey programs as a player since 1972. He began officiating in 1978, has officiated at all levels of amateur hockey. He attended and was certified as a USA hockey program instructor in 2001 and was instrumental in the initial design and implementation of the IHOA powerpoint seminar materials, which were later adopted and further developed by USA hockey for national release.  Len is currently a member of the IHOA board for the since 2012 and is serving on the IHOA Rules and Ethics Committee. Additionally, he serves as a scheduler for the St. Jude hockey program and participates with IHOA as a referee, seminar instructor, mentor, evaluator and supervisor.

John Oldenburg:

Hello all,
I am honored to once again be nominated to the IHOA board of directors.
In the past i have served as the Chairman of the Performance And Development committee and assisted the Seminar coordinator. In May of 2016 i was elected President of IHOA.
If re-elected to the board i will continue to serve our members and help IHOA remain the top officiating organization in the country.
I want to continue to make a difference in Illinois hockey and provide our membership with tools for success.
See you all at the annual meeting.

Kendall Hanley:

A native of Raleigh, NC, Kendall Hanley relocated to the Chicago area in May 2016. Kendall studied zoology and played NCAA DIII women’s varsity ice hockey at SUNY Oswego, in Oswego, NY. After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Kendall moved to the Dallas, TX area where she completed an Advanced Research Internship with the Dallas Zoo. While in Dallas, Kendall began her USA Hockey officiating career with the Metroplex Hockey Officials Association, participating in and completing the MHOA’s Mentor and Advanced Development Program.

Kendall has been a certified USA Hockey official for eight seasons and has been selected to work various State, District and National Championship tournaments over the course of her officiating career. She has participated in and completed a number of USA Hockey sanctioned officiating development camps over her career: Rocky Mountain District Officials Development Camp (2011), Women’s Regional Officials Development Camp (2011), Women’s Elite Officiating Experience (2012, 2016) and the Officiating Development Program Training Camp (2016). She is a USA Hockey Officiating Development Program official. In addition to her USA Hockey certification, Kendall is licensed as a Linesman with the IIHF and most recently was assigned to work the 2017 Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. She has officiated in IIHF events in Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Thailand and the United States.

Kendall is also a USA Hockey certified Seminar Instructor and is involved in IHOA’s Mentor Program, Advanced Development Program and Evaluation Program. In recognition of her professionalism, loyalty and consistent dedication to the IHOA seminar instructional program, Kendall was the 2016 recipient of The Tom Osiol Award.

In addition to her officiating background, Kendall has experience serving in various leadership roles in the hockey community. Kendall was previously a Director of Hockey for programs in Texas and Colorado and holds her Level 4 coaching and NARCE Hockey Director Certification. Prior to relocating to Colorado for a professional opportunity, Kendall held the position of Girls’ / Women’s Section President on the Texas Amateur Hockey Association Board of Directors.

When she is not at the rink, Kendall enjoys working at Kriser’s Natural Pet and dogblading with her chocolate lab Cooper in the South Loop.

Nick West:

I am going in to my ninth season as an official. Although my time spent officiating is rather short compared to many of the amazing individuals in the officiating community I have acquired a lot of great experiences that will assist me in my duties as a board member. I began my career at the ripe age of 14 skating mite and squirt games; shortly after my second season I joined the advance development program underneath Erin Blair. I graduated from this program and became a “junior” instructor for it. I also became an IHOA Evaluator, Supervisor, and Mentor. Additionally I am an both an on-ice assistant and on-ice instructor for the IHOA seminars. Shortly after graduating high school I joined the officiating development program skating Tier 2 & Tier 3 juniors across the country. As I have just graduated college two days ago I am settling down my skating career and looking to take a more administrative role so that I can help young officials like myself obtain the same opportunities I had. Thank you for your consideration.

Geoff Schlender:

Thank you for nominating me for another three year term on the IHOA Board of Directors. It has been an honor to serve the membership for over twenty-one (21) years and I take these responsibilities and obligations very seriously.

I have been officiating since 1993 and have been very active in the association both on and off the ice for the past several years in addition to coaching several youth and high school teams. In 1996, I was elected to the IHOA Board of Directors and have served as Treasurer since Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame member Don Allord appointed me “Treasurer For Life” in 1997.

In addition to my duties as Treasurer, I have been a Certified USA Hockey Seminar Instructor since going to Colorado Springs with the late Mike Zyburt in 2003. The first seminar I taught was with the late Tom Osiol, which made the honor of being selected as the 2012 Seminar Instructor of the Year Award that much more meaningful and humbling.

During my tenure as an IHOA Board Member, I have served on almost every committee and originated the IHOA Scholarship and Performance Education and Development (PED) programs. By being nominated to serve yet another term on the Board of Directors, it seems as if the hockey and officiating communities have been pleased with my participation and experiences. I will continue to try and make a difference for all if I am elected to serve again.

Thanks to all of you for your attendance and participation in the Annual Meeting.