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 (Black Knights, Penn HS) in 2005. After helping mentor Team 135 & attending IU Bloomington to study music, he became the main mentor for Team 3494 (Quadrangles, Bloomington South HS) during their inaugural season in 2011, and continued to mentor until taking on Indiana event managing roles in 2019.

Dan will focus his efforts on all things related to our events.  FIN equipment, volunteers, event planning, competition structure, etc.

Trisha Thompson

Trisha Thompson

FLL / FTC Program Manager

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/FTC Program Director, she will work with partners to identify future FLL/FTC programs in Indiana, raise awareness of FIRST Indiana Robotics as an organization in the education community, and support FLL and FTC teams.

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.

Kyle Heaton FIRST Senior Mentor

Kyle Heaton

FIRST Senior Mentor of Northeast Indiana

Kyle has been involved with FIRST Robotics since 2013, when he was a student on FRC 45 (The TechnoKats, Kokomo HS), and has since been volunteering and mentoring. While at Purdue University, Kyle received a B.S. in Computer Science and was a member of Purdue FIRST Programs as a mentor, director, and vice president. As a FIRST Senior Mentor, Kyle is working to create and expand FIRST programs in Northern Indiana. Kyle currently works at Raytheon in Ft. Wayne as a Software Engineer.  In his role as FIRST Senior Mentor, Kyle will work to expand access to the FIRST program for students in Northern Indiana, with a specific focus on the Fort Wayne and greater Northeast Indiana Region.

Audrey Henning

Communications Intern

Audrey is a member of FRC team Las Pumas 2197. She is team president, BAMM (Business, Awards, Marketing, and Media) lead, and involved in various outreach initiatives. In 2021 Audrey joined the FIRST Indiana Student Board of Directors and will be continuing this involvement in 2022-2023. In the 2022 season Audrey was named Las Pumas Most Dedicated and an Indiana Dean’s List Finalist.

In the role of Communications Intern, Audrey will be responsible for maintaining FIRST Indiana’s social media platforms as well as creating newsletters and identifying ways for FIN to reach underrepresented youth.

Devon Langley

Development Intern

Devon Langley is an FLL and FRC alum who has been involved with FIRST since 2011. As a FIRST participant, Devon attended the FIRST National Advocacy Conference, which sparked her interest in STEM education initiatives and advocacy. She continues to stay involved with the program as a FIRST volunteer, and particularly enjoys judging for FLL competitions and emceeing for FRC events. Devon is a rising junior at the University of Evansville where she studies communication and political science. Her goal is to one day work for FIRST so she can continue giving back to the incredible program that shaped so much of her life. Devon is thrilled to be working with FIN this summer in the Development Intern position.

Evan Dubose

Website Intern

Evan is a senior at Indiana University currently completing a degree in Informatics from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. His specialty is web design and development. He has a history of working with non-profit organizations including ServeIT, Chicago Cares, and the National MS Society.