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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 2019-20 members of the Orlando Regional Executive Advisory Board, to whom we are very grateful, are:

Dr. Cammy Abernathy


College of Engineering

University of Florida

Ms. Angela Alban

President & CEO


Mr. Ivan Aron

General Manager Central Florida

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Dr. Robert H. Bishop

Dean of Engineering

College of Engineering

University of South Florida

Mr. George Cheros

President and CEO

The National Simulation Center

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



Dr. Maj Mirmirani


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


Board of Trustees

University of Central Florida

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

Central Florida FIRST Regional Director – Wendy Austin

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!

Chair - DeAnna Davila

Competition Chair - Sarah Plemmons

Competition Co-Chair - Robert Cobaich

Volunteer Coord. - David Volz, Brendan Radabaugh

Judge Advisor -  Jillian Bryant

X-Team Chair - Michelle Hawley

Alumni Program - Barry Bonsack, Derek Haas, Mike Geldcort

Ambassador Program - Bethany Petri, Courtney Roberts

VIP Reception - Wayne Weinberg, Chris Fairey, Michelle Hawley

Thurs. Workshops -  Dan Swando

RoboShow - Andrew Rudolph

RoboVision - Phu Nguyen, Amaldo Putelli

Internships - Wendy Austin           


Communications Chair - Jessie Poen       


Social Media - Jonell Radabaugh, Jessie Poen

Website - Jessie Poen, Jonell Radabaugh

Fundraising Chair - Ryan Leitch

Fundraising Vice Chair - Chris Fairey

Committee Members -Wendy Austin, Laurel Lichtenberger, Wayne Weinberg

Merchandise - Laurel Lichtenberger

RPC 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!