The Orlando Regional is completely volunteer managed and produced, from a dedicated core of FIRST FRC Orlando 2016-32114 (1)volunteer leaders in the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF), to the Executive Advisory Board to the hundreds of volunteers who run the four day long Regional itself. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page if you wish to speak to any of the individuals listed. Thank you!

Executive Advisory Board

EAB members represent industry and academia that actively support and advocate FIRST programs. The EAB provides constructive advice and strategies to advance the mission of Florida FIRST.   The 2015-16 members of the Orlando Regional Executive Advisory Board, to whom we are very grateful,  are:

Dr. Cammy Abernathy
College of Engineering
University of Florida

Mr. Ivan Aron
General Manager Central Florida
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Ms. Angela Alban
President & CEO

Mr. Randy Berridge
Founding President
Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Inc.

Dr. Robert H. Bishop
Dean of Engineering
College of Engineering
University of South Florida

Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos
College of Engineering & Computer Science
University of Central Florida

Mr. Greg Hale
VP Chief Safety Officer
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Mr. Chester (Chet) Kennedy

Dr. Maj Mirmirani
College of Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Daniel P. Rini
RINI Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Erik Sander
Executive Director
Florida Engineering Experiment Station
University of Florida

Mr. Ed Schons
The Corridor

Ms. Beverly Seay
Executive Director
Nebraska Applied Research Institute
University of Nebraska

Dr. Pat Simpkins
Director, Engineering
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation

The Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF) is a 501(C)3, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the education of Florida’s youth by motivating and inspiring young people to have an appreciation of science, technology, robotics, mathematics and engineering and to pursue career opportunities in these fields, for the benefit of the technology and scientific community.

The Foundation supports Florida’s economic development by encouraging and promoting participation in science, technology, robotics, mathematics and engineering for the benefit of Florida’s technology and scientific community. Design accessible, innovative mentor-based programs to help young people build science, engineering, robotics and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

Kathleen Harer, Chair
DeAnn Davila, Vice Chair
Laurel Lichtenberger, Treasurer
Jessie Poen, Secretary
Michelle Hawley
Sarah Plemmons
Wayne Weinberg

Central Florida FIRST Regional Director – Wendy Austin

Orlando Regional Planning Committee

Chair                                                        Kathleen Harer

Competition Chair                            Sarah Plemmons

Competition Co-Chair                    Jonell Gregor

Volunteer Coord.                               David Volz, Brendan Radabuagh

Judge Coord.                                    Ryan Leitch and Jillian Bryant

Support/Admin. Chairs                   Jennifer Urbauer-Parsons, Wendy Austin

Alumni Program                               Barry Bonsack, Derek Haas, Mike Geldcort
Ambassador Program                      Wendy Austin, Bethany McCabe, Courtney Roberts

VIP Reception                            Wayne Weinberg
Thurs. Workshops                     Michelle Hawley, Robert Cobaich, Daniel Fischman
Other Organizations                  Bob Simmons, Kathleen Harer
RoboShow                                   Andrew Rudolph
RoboVision                                 Phu Nguyen, Dan Swando
Internships                                 Wendy Austin


PR                                                       Tommy Wright
Social Media                                     Jonell Gregor, Brendan Radabaugh, Jessie Poen,
Website                                             Jessie Poen, Jonell Gregor,  JoAnn Michalsky

Fundraising Chair                           Chris Fairey

Fundraising Vice Chair               Andrea Wesser-Brawner

Major Donors                                  Chris Fairey, Erik Halleus, Wayne Weinberg
Other Fundraising                          Laurel Lichtenberger, Jessie Poen, Wendy Austin, Keith Brawner, Ryan Leitch

Database Mgr.                                   JoAnn Michalsky


Please visit our Contact page to get in touch with any of the individuals in the Planning Committee or Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation.  Thank you!