Renee Becker-Blau

President

Renee Becker-Blau has been involved with FIRST robotics since 2003. She began as a member of FRC team 1675 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued her involvement in college by founding GO FIRST, a FIRST alumni student group, and serving as president of the program for three years. GO FIRST supports the local FIRST community by connecting college students to teams in need of mentors, running workshops for teams on campus, and volunteering at FIRST events. After graduating from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Scientific and Technical Communications, Renee became the FIRST Senior Mentor of Minnesota before moving to Indiana in August of 2013 to become a FIRST AmeriCorp VISTA to work on creating capacity building programs. She became President of FIRST Indiana Robotics in September of 2014.

Chris Osborne

Vice President of Programs

Chris has been involved in FIRST since his son joined an FLL team as a 6th grader in 2010. Over the past few years, he has been a volunteer at FLL, FTC, and FRC events throughout Indiana and began mentoring on FRC 1741 Red Alert Robotics in 2012. Professionally, Chris was a classroom teacher for 10 years and most recently has worked in the nonprofit sector for a variety of nonprofits in Central Indiana.

As the Vice President of Programs, Chris will work with existing teams on sustainability and help grow FIRST throughout the state and provide team support for coaches, students, mentors, and communities to help ensure program sustainability

Dan Leathers

Dan Leathers

Operations & Logistics Manager

Dan started in FIRST as a member of FRC Team 135 (Balck Knights, Penn HS) in 2005. After helping mentor Team 135 & attending IU Bloomington studying music, he became a main mentor for Team 3494 (Quadrangles, Bloomington South HS) their inaugural season in 2011, and continued to mentor until taking on Indiana event managing roles in 2019.

Trisha Thompson

Trisha Thompson

FLL Program Coordinator

Trisha Thompson became a supporter of FIRST when her son joined his school’s FLL team in 2017.  A graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Trisha has a wide variety of experience in banking, human resources, and real estate.  In her role as FLL Program Director, she will work with partners to identify future FLL programs in Indiana, raise awareness of FIRST Indiana Robotics as an organization in the education community, and support current FIRST LEGO League teams.

Lori Hall

Indiana FTC Operational Partner & FIRST Indiana Robotics FTC Program Director

In her role as the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Operational Partner for Indiana, Lori supports the growth of the FTC program, by coordinating FTC Qualifying Tournaments, managing team growth, and providing local team support. She is the FTC liaison to FIRST®ensuring that Indiana QT’s follow FTC guidelines and is a member of the FIRST Indiana Robotics State Operating Committee (SOC).

Keith Hall

FIRST Senior Mentor of Northern Indiana

Keith Hall has more than twenty years’ experience in the mainframe computer industry. He was recruited into FIRST in 2007 by a local FRC team after they discovered he was teaching an after school introduction to robotics class at a nearby high school. He is a member of the Midwest Regional Planning Committee, mentors FRC team 2171, and judges at a FLL Qualifying Tournament.

Lori Langley

FIRST Senior Mentor of Southwest Indiana

Lori Langley has been involved with FIRST since 2011, when her children joined the rookie FIRST LEGO League team known as Team Storm. She and her husband coached the team until 2019, witnessing every day the transformative impact FIRST programs have on youth. Lori has traveled with her team across the country and as far as the UK to attend competitions and events, including the FIRST Global Innovation Award, and has enjoyed the connections she has made with FIRST teams, mentors and coaches across the globe. In her role as FIRST Senior Mentor, Lori will work to expand access to the FIRST program for students in Southern Indiana, with a specific focus on the Evansville and Terre Haute communities.

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