About Our Leadership

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 Robotics Eduction Foundation (FFREF). The members of the Orlando Regional Executive Advisory Board, to whom we are very grateful, are:


Dr. Cammy Abernathy

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

University of Florida

Ms. Angela Alban

President & CEO

Mr. Ivan Aron


SEMIX Tech&Consulting

Dr. Robert H. Bishop

Dean of Engineering, College of Engineering

University of South Florida

Dr. Jose Bohorquez


Bold Type

Ms. Elizabeth Burch
Dignitas Technologies

Ms. Lydia Chicles


Bold! Technologies

Mr. George Cheros

President and CEO

The National Simulation Center

Ms. Sheena Fowler

Vice President, Innovation

Orlando Economoic Partnership

Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos


College of Engineering & Computer Science

University of Central Florida

Mr. Greg Hale

VP Chief Safety Officer

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Mr. George Kaniamos

Director, Quality Operations

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

Mr. Chester (Chet) Kennedy

CK Tec Solutions

Dr. Maj Mirmirani

Dean, College of Engineering

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Mr. Shawn Quinn

Director of Engineering

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Daniel P. Rini

RINI Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Erik Sander

Executive Director

Florida Engineering Experiment Station

University of Florida

Mr. Ed Schons

Former President 
The Corridor

Ms. Beverly Seay

Chair, Board of Trustees

University of Central Florida

Rear Adm. Paul Sohl, (USN Ret)


Florida High Tech Corridor Council

Ms. Nicole Stott

Astronaut  (NASA Ret)

Founder/Director, Space for Art Foundation

The Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation (FFREF)


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.

DeAnn Davila, 
L3Harris Technologies, Inc. - Chair

Jonell Radabaugh,
Walt Disney World - Vice Chair

Laurel Lichtenberger,
NASA (retired) - Treasurer

Jessie Poen,
The HOTH - Secretary

Michelle Hawley, 
Collins Aerospace - X Team Chair

Sarah Plemmons, 
Lockheed Martin - Competition Chair

Ryan Leitch, 
Lockheed Martin - Fundraising Chair

Wayne Weinberg, 
Rollins College - VIP Committee Chair

Wendy Austin
Central Florida FIRST Regional Director

Orlando Regional Planning Committee


The Orlando Regional Planning Committee works year round to plan the Orlando Regional. All committee members are volunteers with a passion for FIRST Robotics and the Orlando Regional. Interested in joining the committee? Fill out our interest form!

DeAnna Davila


Jonell Radabaugh

Vice Chair 

Sarah Plemmons
Competition Chair

Robert Cobaich
Competition Co-Chair

David Volz and Brendan Radabaugh

Volunteer Coordinators

Jillian Bryant
Judge Advisor 

Michelle Hawley
X-Team Chair

Barry Bonsack, Derek Haas,
and Mike Geldcort

Alumni Program

Bethany Petri and Courtney Roberts

Ambassador Program​

Wayne Weinberg, Chris Fairey,  
and Michelle Hawley

VIP Reception​

Dan Swando
Thursday Workshops

Andrew Rudolph

Phu Nguyen and Amaldo Putelli

Wendy Austin


Jessie Poen
Communications Chair        


Jonell Radabaugh and Jessie Poen
Social Media

​Jessie Poen and Jonell Radabaugh


Ryan Leitch
Fundraising Chair​

Wendy Austin, Laurel Lichtenberger, Wayne Weinberg
Committee Members:

Laurel Lichtenberger

JoAnn Michalsky
RPC Database Mgr.


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!