Helen “The Wild Sicilian” De Geatano » Officers, Trustees, & Committees

Board Members

Helen “The Wild Sicilian” De Geatano

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State Where You Reside:           Michigan                 

Number of Years on the Board and Role(s):  

  • 2004 – 2007 VBBA Trustee
  • 2009 – 2012 VBBA Trustee
  • 2014 – Present VBBA Trustee

Base Ball Experience:  

Founded, with husband, Douglas Dutchers, 2003. Hosted VBBA Conference 2007. Traveled to Greenfield Village, Michigan, Ohio Cup, New York’s Mumford Cup, and Mackinac Island. Mentioned in James Tootle book. A non-profit organization.


Worked for the State of Michigan Corrections and Juvenile Justice for 23 years. Was Treasury Secretary of the Michigan Corrections Association, Member of the Children’s Welfare League of America, Douglas Historical Preservation Committee, and Douglas Downtown Authority.


If you are interested in supporting the VBBA by serving on one of the committees below, please contact the committee chair listed below.

Rules and Customs Committee

The VBBA Rules and Custom Committee shall conduct appropriate historical research into the way the game was played in the mid-nineteenth century and other historical eras and shall share its findings with the Association and member clubs in order to establish and improve historical authenticity. The scope of the committee shall include customs, uniforms, equipment, and conventions as well as the dissemination of and interpretation of rules. Feel free to email the committee with your questions and concerns at rulesandcustoms@vbba.org.

Marketing Committee

Helen DeGeatano

Organizational Structure

Jim Kimnach

East Coast Regional Liaison

John Shanahan

West Coast Regional Liaison

Aaron Staab

Membership Committee

Corky Gaskell

Nominating Committee

Gary Schiappacasse, Doug Ernst, and VBBA Member in Good Standing to be named by the President

Judiciary Committee

John Shanahan, Corky Gaskell, Helen DeGeatano

Communications Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Doug Ernst (Newsletter Editor), Dylan Schuster (Webmaster), Doug Ernst, Corky Gaskell, Erik Sjogren (Technology Consultant)

Sideline Interpreter Committee

Gib Young, Doug Ernst

Convention Committee

Gary Schiappacasse (Chair), Corky Gaskell, Dennis Wiegmann