Chairman | AE Project Lead – Defense, Rolls-Royce
Chelsea Bowen is the AE Project Lead for Defense products at Rolls-Royce where she manages new part introduction to production with associated budget and schedule, contributes and co-leads risk management on AE products for Defense application, and supports product introduction and life-cycle management evaluation. She had previously worked at RR as a Critical Repair Engineer and CMC Program Manager.
She graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Material Science Engineering.
Chelsea began her involvement in FIRST as a student on FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 135 in 2007. She continued her involvement at the collegiate level in Purdue FIRST Programs serving as the Director of Regional Development, President for two terms, and the Past Presidential Adviser. She joined the IndianaFIRST board as President in 2013, and transitioned to the Chairman position in 2017.
President | Education Director, 1st Maker Space, LLC
Mary Rinehart is the Education Director for 1st Maker Space, LLC, where she writes curriculum, manages educational products, and delivers making-centered professional development to educators across the State of Indiana. Previously, she served as the Engineering and Technology State Program Leader at the Indiana Department of Education and a Family Consumer Sciences Teacher at Pike High School. Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Educational Technology from Ball State University.
Mary has been involved in FIRST since her student days on FRC 71, Team Hammond. After high school, she volunteered with Purdue FIRST and went on to be a lead coach for Team 1018, the Pike RoboDevils. During her time in Pike Township, Mary grew Team 1018 into Pike Robotics and started six new FLL teams while growing relationships, corporate partners, and support for robotics across the district. Mary still serves as a Chairman’s Mentor for Team 1018.
Brett Breedlove, CPA
Treasurer | Manager, Audit & Assurance Services Department, Katz, Sapper & Miller
Brett Breedlove is a manager at Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Department. Brett’s primary responsibilities include auditing and reviewing financial statements and advising clients in accounting, reporting, compliance, and internal control matters. Brett has worked in public accounting since 2006, and has experience in several industries, including the manufacturing, dealerships, and financial services industries.
Brett graduated cum laude and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and finance from Ball State University.
Brett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society. Brett began his involvement with FIRST in high school as a member of FRC Team 45 Technokats, based out of Kokomo, Indiana. He joined the IndianaFIRST board as treasurer in December of 2013.
Terri Talbert-Hatch, Ed.D.
Secretary | Adjunct Instructor, Organizational Leadership, IUPUI
Terri retired as the Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Student Services for the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI in 2019. During her 17 year tenure she developed many programs and opportunities for students interested in STEM Careers and was instrumental in the creation of the Motorsports Engineering degree program.
A strong advocate for FIRST Robotics, she developed scholarships, volunteer and internship opportunities for students who had participated in FIRST during high school. Terri has served as a judge and volunteer at FIRST events for several years.
Chair, Competition Committee | Applications Engineer, AndyMark
Liz Smith is an Applications Engineer for AndyMark, Inc. in Kokomo, IN. She helps with product development and customer support for robotics parts.
Liz graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY with a degree in Industrial Design.
Liz started FIRST in 2004 as student on FRC team 555 in Montclair, NJ and since then she has been volunteering at FIRST events and mentoring teams. She has been a FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) since 2009. Currently, Liz is mentoring FRC team 3940, CyberTooth in Kokomo, IN.
Chair, FIRST Tech Challenge Planning Committee | Engineering & Technology Teacher, Crawfordsville High School
Darrin Wilcoxson is a High School Engineering & Technology teacher at Crawfordsville High School located in Crawfordsville, IN. He has 18 years’ of experience in the education field teaching Pre-engineering, Computer Science, Advanced Manufacturing, Construction, and Digital Electronics.
Darrin has been involved in FIRST Tech Challenge since 2007 and hosted the inaugural FTC Indiana State Championship in 2010 when he became the states’ first Affiliate Partner. Since then he has continued to host events and volunteer at dozens more to help the state grow. Since 2017 Darrin has been a part of the Indiana FIRST Board serving as the chair for FTC.
Darrin earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and his M.Ed. degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. He has been named ETEI Teacher of the Year, PLTW Computer Science Teacher of the Year, and volunteer of the year for the FTC program in Indiana. Darrin lives in Lafayette, IN with his wife Alice.
Chair, Mentor Training Committee | Controls & Sytems Engineer, PTS Diagnostics
Logan Byers is a Controls & Systems Engineer at PTS Diagnostics, a medical device manufacturing company in Indianapolis. In 2012, he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical and Controls Engineering Technology from Purdue University – West Lafayette.
Logan began his involvement in FIRST as a high school student at West Lafayette High School with FRC team 461 in 2002. After graduating high school in 2006, he continued to stay involved by volunteering as a referee and robot inspector until 2010. In 2010, Logan joined Purdue FIRST Programs (PFP) and became a mentor and drive coach for FRC team 1747, Harrison Boiler Robotics. In 2011, Logan was appointed as the team’s Director of Robotics and helped lead the PFP mentors for the team. After the 2011 season, Logan then returned to volunteering and refereeing and has been a Head Referee in the state since 2014.
Chair, PR & Marketing Committee | Vice President, Meyer Material Handling Products Inc.
Hugh is the Vice President of Meyer Material Handling Products Inc. in Indianapolis, IN. He works with various kinds of automated storage and retrieval systems and is the network administrator for the local network. He is also responsible for several product websites and advertising programs.
Hugh graduated from Purdue in 1978 with a BS in General Business. He graduated from Southport High School in 1974.
Hugh serves as a programming and electronics mentor for FRC team 1741 Red Alert Robotics from Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. He started with the team during the 2008 FRC season. Hugh served as vice president of IndianaFIRST prior to its reorganization in 2010.
Chair, Volunteer Committee | Director of Data Analytics and Program Assessment, Purdue University Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, IN
Entering the 2017-2018 season, Andrea Pluckebaum will be joining the IndianaFIRST Board of Directors as the Volunteer Committee Chair. Andrea is an alumnus and mentor of FRC Team 461, Westside Boiler Invasion.
Andrea has strong skills in data analysis and process management, and has extensive experience serving as a Volunteer Coordinator at FIRST events.