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January, 2010

New Faces at FIRST   

FIRST is pleased to welcome the following new members of the FIRST Community:

FIRST Headquarters Staff ...

Roseann Stevens, Vice President - Field Operations & Planning

Roseann Stevens has joined FIRST as Vice President of Field Operations. Roseann will take over from Bruce Linton, who has been a member of the senior leadership team of FIRST for the past 3-1/2 years; Bruce will move into the Development organization with responsibility for major corporate sponsors and foundations.

As Vice President of Field Operations, Roseann will be responsible for overseeing the Regional Directors; working with volunteer committees to recruit teams, raise funds, and organize FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) events; and interface with FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) partners across the country. Also reporting to her will be Dennis Howland, Volunteer Resources Manager, along with his team and Senior Mentors in the field.

Roseann is no stranger to FIRST, having served for 10 years as Mentor, Judge, and Judge Advisor for regional competitions and at the FIRST Championship. She has had a distinguished career in the automotive and manufacturing industries, including managing national/global sales forces for billion-dollar companies such as Visteon (automotive supplier formerly part of Ford Motor Co.), and Lear Corp. She began her career with the Ford Motor Company and has twice been listed on "The 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry." In addition, she has served on the boards of CLARCOR, Inforum, the Automotive Women’s Alliance and the Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit. She holds a bachelors degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Tim Maxton, Manager of Major Gifts and Individual Giving

Tim Maxton joined FIRST in November, bringing with him 15 years of fundraising experience from both higher education (Boston University and Northeastern University) and healthcare (Tufts Medical Center and Hallmark Health System). While at Hallmark Health, he oversaw development for two community hospitals, a cancer center, hospice, visiting nurse association, and a school of nursing.

Fascinated by science, Tim is enthusiastic about working for an organization that nurtures an active interest in STEM and instills teamwork and self-confidence in children as young as six years of age. He has worked as a stage manager and set designer, holds a black belt in Kempo Karate, and enjoys the outdoors-rock-climbing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Tim earned a BA in History, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Charlie Jacobs, FIRST Robotics Competition Engineering Manager

Robert Mitchell-Hartson, FIRST Robotics Competition Engineering Tech

Josh White, FIRST Tech Challenge Engineer

FIRST Regional Directors ... work collaboratively to create and maintain volunteer driven, self-sustaining, and growing FIRST programs in a named geographic area.

Patricia DePra, Ph.D., Regional Director, Western Pennsylvania

Patricia DePra was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania and received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University (1989). Her experience includes industrial chemical research, human resources/communications, management, teaching at the college and university level, and collaborative science education grants. Patricia has served as chair of two local sections of the American Chemical Society, and has enjoyed leading and working with volun¬teers from industry and academia at numerous events.  As Regional Director, Patricia will work collaboratively to create and maintain volunteer driven, self-sustaining, and growing FIRST programs in western Pennsylvania.

"I'd been seeking a position in which I can truly integrate my creativity, my enthusiasm, my experience in education and management, my computer skills, and my knowledge in science in a way that is fresh, energizing, and helps to improve lives. Working with FIRST provides tremendous opportunities to do this. I feel doubly fortunate for this opportunity with FIRST located right here in Pittsburgh."

Julie Booth, Regional Director, Utah

Ken Mitchell, Assistant Regional Director, Northern California

David Price, Regional Director, New Hampshire

June 2010

New Faces at FIRST 

FIRST Headquarters Staff ...

Kathleen Kennedy, FIRST LEGO League Partner Services Manager

Kathleen Kennedy joined FIRST as the FLL Partner Services Manager for the North Central Region of the United States and Canada in February. Drawn to FIRST by the mission and passionate volunteer base, she is happy to be part of the dynamic organization that she first experienced in high school.

Prior to joining FIRST, Kathleen worked at Southern New Hampshire University as the Assistant Director for the School of Community Economic Development, which focuses on social and economic justice. During her educational path, she studied Travel and Tourism Development and specialized in sustainable tourism. She also has a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and most recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations.

Kathleen is a lifelong resident of Manchester NH and is active in the local community. As an avid volunteer, she participates on various committees with a variety of nonprofits that surround issues from animal welfare to neighborhood revitalization to recreation development. Her 11 year old dog, Foozball is glad she lives in close proximity to FIRST HQ so she can visit him during lunch!

Jen O’Callaghan, FIRST LEGO League Partner Services Manager

Jen O’Callaghan is excited to join FIRST LEGO League as the Partner Services Manager for Zone 2 (Southern U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii). Prior to coming to FIRST, she worked in the marketing department of a SaaS company that specialized in tools and websites for independent schools. Her first love was community journalism, and she spent eight years in newsrooms in New Hampshire, serving as the arts editor for first Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover) and then The Telegraph (Nashua). Despite her unforgivable affinity for bad puns, the New England Press Association named her Humor Columnist of the Year in 2004. She is an occasional contributor to NH Magazine and has been editor of Destination NH since 2008.

No stranger to the non-profit world, she has worked in the offices of the NH Spinal Cord Injury Association, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and the parent organization of Pennsylvania’s annual Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival. She earned her BA in Russian studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio. She is thrilled to be a part of FIRST because of its incredible impact on so many children’s lives and because robots are pretty darn cool.

Katy Reno, FIRST LEGO League International Program Manager

Katy Reno joined FIRST in mid-May and will serve as the International Program Manager for FIRST LEGO League. Prior to joining FLL, Katy worked for Southern New Hampshire University in partnership with the State of New Hampshire in the International Trade Resource Center (ITRC). The ITRC is an agency that assists New Hampshire companies that export their products internationally. Katy served at the International Training Manager from June of 2008 until her departure for FIRST, and was responsible for developing, marketing, and implementing 35 seminars a year on all aspects of international trade.

Katy is a 2008 graduate from the University of New Hampshire, where she double majored in International Affairs, Political Science, and received a minor in Spanish. Katy enjoys reading, traveling and is excited to join FIRST community. 



FIRST Regional Directors... work collaboratively to create and maintain volunteer driven, self-sustaining, and growing FIRST programs in a named geographic area.

Patricia Daly, Regional Director, New York City

Patrick Felty, Regional Director, San Antonio

LJ Robinson, Regional Director, Tennessee

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