The 2016-2017 IndianaFIRST season has come to a close; the FIRST STEAMWORKS Gears are bring retired, and we’re packing up the fuel balls (at least until the off-season starts).
IndianaFIRST would like to take this time to recognize all of the hard work, passion, and dedication of two members of the IndianaFIRST Board of Directors who are transitioning out of their Board roles in Indiana.
Thank you, Carolyn Noble
Carolyn Noble joined the Board in 2014 as the Volunteer Committee Chair. Over the past few years, she has expanded volunteer recognition to a non-key volunteer at every District event, focused on substantially growing our referee base, and increased engagement of FIRST alumni as event volunteers.
Talking with Carolyn she shared more about her experience as the Volunteer Committee Chair:
“When I moved to Indianapolis from Michigan five years ago, I could never have imagined the amazing impact that IndianaFIRST would have on my life. I’m so proud of the way that we transitioned to the district system. Our volunteers and event committees continue to step it up every year, and it has been a joy to be part of it all. I joined FIRST 14 years ago to play with robots, but I stuck around for the people, and IndianaFIRST has the BEST people in all of FIRST. I truly believe that. Thank you for letting me serve you, for helping to shape my business and management skills, and for welcoming me into the IndianaFIRST family.”
Looking to the future, Carolyn will continue to be involved with the program as an FRC Team 1024 mentor, VC at one of the 2018 District Events, and a roving field VC at the Detroit World Championship in 2018. She is looking forward to enjoying her first year of marriage and encourages everyone to say hi at events!
Welcome, Andrea Pluckebaum
Entering the 2017-2018 season, Andrea Pluckebaum will be joining the IndianaFIRST Board of Directors as the Volunteer Committee Chair. Andrea is a FIRST Alumnus of FRC 461 and has extensive experience as and Indiana Volunteer Coordinator.
Andrea is currently the Director of Data Analytics and Program Assessment at Purdue University Krannert School of Management. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and has strong skills in data analysis and process management!
We are looking forward to having her take the Volunteer Committee to the next level of organization and volunteer engagement.
Thank you, Jason Zielke
At the 2017 Indiana State Championship, Chris Fultz, FRC 234 mentor and IndianaFIRST Executive Advisory Board, recognized Jason Zielke, Chairman of IndianaFIRST, for his six years of commitment to the IndianaFIRST community. Jason re-organized IndianaFIRST, found us legal advice, created our 501(c)3 organization, hired our first staff member, provided office space for the program, and started the push to the District Model of competition for Indiana.
The full recognition can be found below:
Jason’s leadership as Chairman of IndianaFIRST has made him a member of every team in Indiana. Let’s recognize his commitment to the program by challenging every team in Indiana to pass along a Team T-shirt so we can fill his closet with Indiana team shirts while he’s living in Ohio. If you’d like to contribute a team t-shirt to the cause, please pass along a shirt to Renee Becker-Blau at one of our many off-season events or at our 2017 IndianaFIRST FRC Mentor Meetings.
Special thanks to FRC 234, 1501, & 1529 for passing along t-shirts already!
Welcome, Mary Rinehart
Joining as a new member of the Board of Directors is Mary Rinehart, a FIRST alumnus of FRC Team 71 and former FRC Team 1018 mentor, who is currently the Engineering and Technology Program Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education. Over the past three years she has volunteered as an Event Manager at the Tippecanoe & Perry Meridian District Events.
When talking with Mary about her new role, she explained that, “I am looking forward to giving back to IndianaFIRST through my participation on the BOD. IndianaFIRST has given me so much and led to current career in Engineering Education. I look forward to helping IndianaFIRST plan and reach strategic goals to give all students in Indiana a genuine STEM education experience.”
tl:dr? Here’s a summary of the transitions:
Don’t forget to RSVP for the 2017 IndianaFIRST FRC Mentor Meetings taking place August 24th, 28th, and 29th in Michigan City, Kokomo, and Greenwood.
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