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Patrick Felty

Patrick Felty

Executive Director & President

Patrick Felty is the Executive Director and President at FIRST in Texas. He previously served as the FIRST in Texas Development Director,  Regional Director for the Alamo Region of Texas, and has supported FIRST programs as a volunteer for over eleven years. Before joining FIRST in Texas, Felty served as the Chief Operations Officer at Prism … Continue reading Patrick Felty

Jess Jankowitsch

Jess Jankowitsch

Program Director

Jess brings over 20 years of experience to the role of Program Director at FIRST in Texas. Jess started as an FLL and FRC team member in Pennsylvania, and has served across all FIRST programs as a key volunteer, events coordinator, team mentor, and FIRST Senior Mentor, and has served as the Alamo Assistant Regional Director … Continue reading Jess Jankowitsch

Kayla Wallace

Kayla Wallace

Finance Director

Kayla specializes in Accounting and Finance and is responsible for accounting for FIRST in Texas activities. Kayla is also self-employed at Kayla J. Wallace, CPA, a CPA Firm located in Round Rock, TX. Originally from Coleman, TX, Kayla graduated from East Texas State University with a degree in Accounting. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys reading, eating out, and spending time with … Continue reading Kayla Wallace

Susan Ashmore

Susan Ashmore

Development Director

Susan has worked for non-profits and quasi-governmental entities for the majority of her career.  Susan has worked in both business and operational areas including finance, procurement and contracting, operations director and deputy director working directly under the executive director while overseeing the programs and administration of an organization with a $77M annual budget. Susan is … Continue reading Susan Ashmore

Jason Arms

Jason Arms

Director of Field Services

FIRST Program Delivery PartnerSouth Region

Jason Arms is the FIRST in Texas Director of Field Services and oversees all competitions in events in Texas. He serves as the Program Delivery Partner (PDP) for all four programs in south Texas; which includes the Rio Grande Valley. Arms served as a key volunteer in the Rio Grande Valley for three years before … Continue reading Jason Arms

Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor

Director of Education and Outreach

FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery PartnerEast Region

Jane Taylor is the East Program Coordinator for the Houston area. Jane’s passion for began in in 2001 when she decided to coach her rookie after school team to compete in LEGO® League’s MISSION TO MARSSM.  Jane taught middle school science in Houston Independent School District (HISD) after graduating from Lamar University in 2000 with a … Continue reading Jane Taylor

Chris Caddel

Chris Caddel

Events & Logistics Manager

Chris is the FIRST Program Delivery Partner for West Texas. With the  move to FRC District Model, Chris has put his 30 years of producing large-scale events for the entertainment industry to use as the FIRST in Texas Events and Logistics Director. He is also the Co-Program Coordinator for the FIRST Championship Student Ambassador Program and … Continue reading Chris Caddel

Lucia Sevcik

Lucia Sevcik

Field Services Manager

Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Roxy Villa

Roxy Villa

FIRST Robotics Competition Program Manager

Roxy has been a part of the FIRST community for over 10 years. Roxy has served as an FRC team member and has served as a key volunteer, event coordinator, mentor and FTC referee. Roxy’s passion for helping children, has lead her to support the community of San Antonio as an advocate for STEM education and … Continue reading Roxy Villa

Andrew Schuetze

Andrew Schuetze

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Manager

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery PartnerCentral/Alamo Region

Andrew has many years of involvement with FIRST as both a coach, mentor, and organizer of all things FIRST. Andrew firmly believes that partnerships and making decisions based upon input of others makes for stronger programs. His favorite core values are Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences and Teamwork: We are stronger … Continue reading Andrew Schuetze

Kelly Goodner

Kelly Goodner

FIRST LEGO League Program Manager

FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery PartnerNorth Region

Kelly Goodner has served as the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Program Delivery Partner in North Texas for three years, first with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and now with FIRST in Texas.  Prior to this role she volunteered as a judge for the program and also built countless Challenge sets for qualifiers and … Continue reading Kelly Goodner

Sylvia Wood

Sylvia Wood

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery PartnerCentral Region

Sylvia was introduced to FIRST in 2010 through a colleague at Klein ISD. In collaboration with a couple of Compaq/HP mentors, FRC 3735 was created. As a teacher coach/mentor, Sylvia encouraged all students to use their talents as active members of the team. The team grew from 5 to 10 to 25. Now known as … Continue reading Sylvia Wood

De’Lila Holder

De’Lila Holder

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery PartnerPanhandle/West Region

Jeffrey Kahl, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Kahl, Ph.D.

FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery PartnerAlamo Region

Dr. Jeffrey Kahl is no stranger to FIRST in the Alamo Area. He brings his experience of mentoring FIRST LEGO League teams, FIRST Tech Challenge teams and the creation of an after school robotics club with him. Jeffrey holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas Tech University.

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery PartnerPanhandle Region

Jessica Mejia

Jessica Mejia

Grants Administrator

SueAnn Wade-Crouse

SueAnn Wade-Crouse

Grants Writer