Board of Directors
Global Program Manager – CMC Coatings, Rolls-Royce
Chelsea Bowen is the Global Program Manager - Coatings for the Ceramic Matrix Composite program at Rolls-Royce where she manages the global technical team, project schedule, and budget for the development of coatings for CMC next generation components. She had previously worked at R-R as a critical repair engineer.
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, the President for two years, and the Past Presidential Adviser. She joined the IndianaFIRST board as President in 2013, and transitioned to the Chairman position in 2017.
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, CPA
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. He currently serves as treasurer for Indiana FIRST, Inc.Brett began his involvement with FIRST in high school as a member of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 45 Technokats, based out of Kokomo, Indiana. He joined the IndianaFIRST board as treasurer in December of 2013.
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.
Chair, Competition Committee
Applications, Engineer, Andy Mark Inc.
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, Cross-Program Planning Committee
Technical Services Manager, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering
Steve Florence is the manager for the Purdue Mechanical Engineering Project Machine Shop. Before joining the Purdue staff, Steve spent 40 years as a middle & high school Engineering/Technology teacher.
He has been involved with FIRST since 1999 and has experience with all program levels (Jr.FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC). Steve has organized events, workshops, and training for each of these programs and also played an integral leadership role in developing Purdue FIRST Programs. He was appointed FIRST Senior Mentor for Indiana in 2012 and became the FIRST Regional Director for Indiana in July 2012. As FIRST Regional Director, Steve works on growing all FIRST programs in Indiana as well as helping to make FIRST more visible.
Steve officially joined the board as Chair of the Outreach & Team Recruitment Committee in November of 2013, and took on the role as Chair of the Cross-Program Planning Committee in January of 2016.
Chair, Mentor Training Committee
Controls Engineer, Brugh Industrial Engineering
Logan Byers is a Controls Engineer for Brugh Industrial Engineering, an engineering firm out of Greenfield, Indiana. 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 FIRST Robotics Competition (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.
In addition to volunteering, Logan has served as the electrical and programming lead for Team Indiana during the Robot in 3 Days event and has also served teams in Indiana as a de-facto, roaming programming mentor. Over the past 3 seasons, Logan has traveled throughout central Indiana to assist 11 different teams during the build season and off season with programming and controls questions.
Chair, Outreach & Team Support Committee
Quality Manager for 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.
Chair, PR & Marketing Committee
Vice President of Meyer Material Handling Products Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana
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 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.