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.

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.

Matthew Malinak

FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA

Matthew joined his high school’s FRC Team 862: Lightning Robotics as a freshman in 2011. At the University of Michigan, he graduated with a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering in 2019 while being heavily involved with FIRST through UM’s alumni group (FAMNM). Matthew decided to serve as a FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA because of his passion for FIRST, and to have the opportunity to be able to directly help with FIRST’s mission. With a history in FIRST volunteering, coordinating, and mentoring at all program levels Matthew is looking forward to bringing his experience and skills to benefit FIRST Indiana Robotics.

Monica Bravo

Monica Bravo

Event Planning Intern

Monica Bravo has participated in FIRST since 2011 when she joined FRC Team 461: Westside Boiler Invasion as a high school freshman. She then studied Early Childhood Education at Ohio State University where she received her bachelors in May 2019. She is currently a head teacher at early education non-profit Southside Early Learning in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to her duties helping organize all of Indiana’s FRC competitions, Monica also serves as an event manager and a member of the Indiana State Championship Planning Committee.