Meet our new President and Vice President
Susan Tate, has been around softball her whole life. At a young age, she would play catch with her friends behind the homerun fence at the ball fields while both parents and her sister played fastpitch softball in the State of Washington. At age 7, Susan joined the girls league in her town and played until age 19, when she got married and moved to Missouri. Susan's husband, Ben (who is also a board member) was her pitching coach. When their daughter Linley began playing T-ball in 1996, the bug bit them both and they began coaching (in IGSA) in 1998. (In 2003, they began a 9 year competitive coaching stint until they retired from coaching in 2012.) In 2002, Ben and Susan joined the board and in 2003, Susan was elected to serve as Vice President, which she has done for 12 years. She has learned so much working with Shirley Cottrell (former president) over the years and is looking forward to continuing her journey with IGSA, and continuing the tradition of girls softball in our community.
Linda (Steffens) Lewis grew up in Western Shawnee, KS, and often played baseball with her 2 sisters and brother. In 2nd grade, her and her sister, Lisa, signed up to play softball which was the last time they played on the same team. Linda had the pleasure of playing with the same girls from 2nd grade until she graduated from DeSoto high school. Linda was a catcher. Unfortunately, she did not have the opportunity to play college softball and found another way to be part of the sport she loved. She began umpiring, while going to JCCC and then UMKC and working another job. She used her sports knowledge to work the KC Metro Special Olympics, both officiating and coaching. When Linda had her kids and worked part-time for JoCo Parks and Rec, ran Okun Fieldhouse and supervised baseball and softball leagues and tournaments at Mid America West, she realized how much she missed being on the field. She got back into umpiring in 2004 and shortly after made the move over to Adair Park. She immediately felt welcome and when MSP was formed in 2005, she was excited to see they were the first group that understood the importance of girls softball in our community. For the past 10 years, Linda has umpired, been the UIC and directed some tournaments for MSP, which is where she met her husband, Bill. Once involved in umpiring IGSA, she was bitten. The foundation and mission of IGSA was a perfect fit for her. In 2013, Linda and Bill joined the board. She was already scheduling umpires for the league, and using it as a training ground for new umpires so it seemed a natural progression to be on the board.