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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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading Susan Ashmore

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 … Continue reading Jane Taylor

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 … Continue reading Jason Arms

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, … Continue reading Roxy Villa

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 … Continue reading Kelly Goodner

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 … Continue reading Andrew Schuetze

Jennifer Navarrete

Jennifer Navarrete

Marketing & Communications ManagerFIRST in Texas

Jennifer has been involved with FIRST since 2013 when she began working with the Alamo FIRST Region. As an award-winning social media professional, she quickly recognized the importance of sharing the “more than robots” … Continue reading Jennifer Navarrete

Chris Caddel

Chris Caddel

Events & Logistics Coordinator

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 … Continue reading Chris Caddel

Jessica Mejia

Jessica Mejia

Grants Administrator

Lucia Sevcik

Lucia Sevcik

Field Services Manager

Senior Volunteer Coordinator

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 … Continue reading Sylvia Wood

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 … Continue reading Jeffrey Kahl, Ph.D.

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

FIRST LEGO League Program Delivery PartnerPanhandle Region

Gabby Gandara

Gabby Gandara

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery PartnerWest Texas

Gabby Gandara is the FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery Partner for West Texas and supports FIRST robotics teams and events in the El Paso area. With close to 30 years … Continue reading Gabby Gandara

De’Lila Holder

De’Lila Holder

FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery PartnerPanhandle/West Region

De’Lila Holder is the  FIRST Tech Challenge Program Delivery Partner Representative for the Panhandle Region in Texas.

Joe Varnell

Joe Varnell

FIRST Senior MentorNorth Texas

Joe Varnell is the Senior Mentor for FIRST in North Texas. As a FIRST Senior Mentor (FSM) Joe helps support teams and broadens access to all students to be able … Continue reading Joe Varnell

SueAnn Wade-Crouse

SueAnn Wade-Crouse

Grants Writer

SueAnn is the Grants Manager for all of the statewide FIRST programs (FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition) and projects (FIRST Access) for FIRST teams and events in … Continue reading SueAnn Wade-Crouse