Softball Advisory Committee Members
Allison Parsell, Committee Chair
As the Fastpitch Promotions Manager at Wilson Sporting Goods, Allison brings a tremendous amount of talent, knowledge, and expertise to the PIFS Advisory Board Committee. A former standout catcher at Florida State University, Allison received her degree from FSU in Merchandising, and currently manages all of the fastpitch accounts at Wilson Sporting Goods, from college teams to professional players in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
Mitzi Zenger Burkinshaw
Former Division I player and currently the Director of Human Resources at Southwestern Energy located in Woodlands, TX just north of Houston. Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley California, Mitzi began playing softball at a young age later playing collegiate softball for San Jose State University (89 – 93). SJSU at the time was in the Big West Conference and during her tenure was ranked in the NCAA Top 20. Mitzi attributes her success as a leader off the field to the years of dedication playing softball and to her coaches who taught discipline and hard work along the way. Today her license plate says “YES I CAN” which is a mental strategy from her years of pitching which still today reminders her she can do anything if you believe you can! Mitzi is passionate about giving back to the community, she is a committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and volunteers for various local charities.
Born and raised in California, Crystl is a three-time Olympian, winning a gold medal in the 2000 and 2004 games, and a silver medal in the 2008 games. The decorated Olympian also has two World Cup Championships, three Pan American gold medals, and a gold medal at the ISF World Championships. Nicknamed “The Big Bruiser”, Crystl is also the world record holder for home runs during an Olympic series with six, amongst other Olympic records. After retiring professionally from the sport, Crystl now owns and operates Ruthless Sports Training in southern California.
A former player and legendary coach at UCLA, Sue is one of the most recognizable names in the softball world. Recording nearly 900 wins during her time as a coach at UCLA, Sue has the highest career winning percentage of any collegiate softball coach and won 11 national championships during her time as a player and coach. Sue has a strong passion to not only grow the game of softball, but to give girls opportunities to learn about leadership, self-esteem, community, and character building. Founder of “One Softball” (onesoftball.com), Sue currently resides in southern California and enjoys surfing on a daily basis.
Historically known as the home of Little League Baseball, Williamsport, PA is also home of Little League Softball where Sara serves as the Director of Softball Development for Little League International. For nearly 10 years, Sara has worked tirelessly to grow the game of softball both domestically and internationally. Prior to her time at Little League Softball, Sara worked for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Sara received her degree in Marketing & Management from Coastal Carolina University where she also played softball.
Natasha is a two-time Olympian, winning a gold and silver medal in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games, respectively. Prior to playing for the US National team, Natasha played at UCLA under Sue Enquist, where she still holds numerous records and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Natasha played professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch League and in Japan, until she retired in 2017. She is the Founder of The Natasha Watley Foundation which creates opportunities for girls in under-served areas in southern California to play softball and develop strong self-esteem and leadership skills. PIFS and The Natasha Watley Foundation will work closely to grow and expand these opportunities for girls in southern California.