Chelsea Bowen

Chelsea Bowen

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.

Collin Fultz

Collin Fultz

President | Applications Engineer, Bastian Automation Engineering

Collin Fultz is an Applications Engineer for Bastian Automation Engineering in Greenfield, IN. Prior to working at Bastian, he worked for FIRST Head Quarters in Manchester, NH as the FRC Kit of Parts Engineer and Team Advocate. He also worked for Rolls-Royce as a Project Engineer.

Collin earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008.

Collin began his FIRST career as a student on FRC Team 234 in 2002. He volunteered for the Boilermaker Regional and helped mentor a Purdue-sponsored rookie team (1747) while he was a student at Purdue. After graduating, he mentored his old team 234 prior to beginning work in New Hampshire.

Brett Breedlove

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.

Liz Smith

Liz Smith

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.

Logan Byers

Logan Byers

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.

Carlo Nepomuceno

Carlo Nepomuceno

Chair, Outreach & Team Support Committee | Quality Manager, STMicroelectronics

Carlo Nepomuceno is a Quality Manager for STMicroelectronics, a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Quality Engineering from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.

Carlo began his involvement in FIRST as a parent and mentor of Carmel High School’s Robotics Team – The TechHOUNDS (FRC 868) in 2005. He has volunteered in several FIRST competitions over the years as robot inspector and judge. After 12 years of actively mentoring the team he had decided to retire and focus his attention on IndianaFIRST. Developing young minds is his passion and this is his driving motivation to keep on volunteering for the FIRST program.

Hugh Meyer

Hugh Meyer

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.

Andrea Pluckebaum

Andrea Pluckebaum

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.