A big thank you to the following list of mentors:
  • John Aiello, Premier Fixtures and Displays
  • Gary Albert, Rockwell Collins
  • Ananda Arasu,  Autodesk
  • Peter Barkhuff, Lam Research
  • David Ellingson, Faculty Advisor
  • Noelle Gorbett, TTOA
  • Roland Henson, Tri-met
  • Mark Hillenbrand, Oracle
  • Brian Hillenbrand, Alumni
  • Kevin Jones, FLIR
  • Dave Morgan, Kryptiq
  • Scott Newcomb, Lam Research
  • Josh Parosa, Faculty Advisor
  • Rick Stallkamp, SDVI
  • Jeff Strater, Autodesk
  • Scott Volk, Crimson Trace



What is a Mentor?

As a Mentor or Coach of a FIRST team, you are, through the kids, the key ingredient in the success of your team. Your contribution to the success of FIRST programs and ultimately to the success of FIRST is immeasurable. The time, responsibility and expertise of a Mentor or Coach will vary but the one constant is that you are bringing something to your team that they need to learn, grow and succeed.

Who are FIRST Mentors and Coaches? Our team members say it best. A Mentor/Coach:

checkbox blue  Can be a person of any age, teaching others what they know
checkbox blue  Brings either technical or non technical expertise to the team
checkbox blue  Provides the opportunity for students to learn directly through experiences
checkbox blue  Begins as a teacher, evolves into a colleague
checkbox blue  Knows that Mentoring and Coaching is about inspiring and guiding
checkbox blue  Provides students the environment to succeed
checkbox blue  Remembers what’s important – it’s about the kids and they come first