Image-10067894-210223200-3-WebLarge_0_d6eac7184fee072a3df11ed79357833b_1The Orlando Regional is completely volunteer managed and produced, from a dedicated core of volunteer leaders in the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation, 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
Dean of College of Engineering ,University of Florida

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

Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos
Dean. 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
Dean. College of Engineering
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dr. Daniel P. Rini
President.RINI Technologies, Inc.

Ms. Beverly Seay
Trustee,University of Central Florida

Dr. Pat Simpkins
Director, Engineering Development
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
Erik Halleus
Sarah Plemmons

Central Florida FIRST Regional Director – Terri Willingham

Orlando Regional Planning Committee

Chair                                                        Kathleen Harer

Competition Chair                            Sarah Plemmons

Competition Co-Chair                    Jonell Gregor

Volunteer Coord.                               David Volz, Brendan Radabuagh

  • Volunteer Recognition                     Brendan Radabaugh
  • Judge Coord.                                      Dan Welsh

Support/Admin. Chair                    Jennifer Urbauer-Parsons/ Wendy Austin

  • Alumni Program                               Barry Bonsack, Derek Haas, Mike Geldcort
  • Ambassador Program                      Wendy Austin/Bethany McCabe, Courtney Roberts
  •  Outreach
    • 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,         Daniele Mendez, Courtney Roberts
  • Website                                              Derek Haas, Jessie Poen,  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!