Meet our mentors and coaches!

We are very grateful to have 13 mentors, 6 of whom are alumni, as a part of our team. We love to say that our team is student-driven, mentor-nurtured. So even though our mentors are not directly be leading projects, they all are essential in giving their insight and expertise to the team. They have also been able to provide us with many resources that have been essential in the functioning of our team. Two of our mentors, Tim Barron and Lisa Nollman, have received the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award as recognition of their dedication and invaluable expertise. Without our mentors, our team would not be able to run. Thank you to all of our mentors!

Here are some fun and interesting facts about them:

Name Position Fun Fact Representing ETA To Team
Tim Barron Co-Head Coach His adorable cats have figured out what a Google Meet is. They can be spotted stealing the spotlight when they check in during online team meetings to make sure the team is on task. Farmington High School 1998
Michele Hall Co-Head Coach She worked for 14 summers at a Girl Scouts day camp. She still uses many of the skills that she learned there as a coach. Farmington High School 2003
Matt Hall Mentor Sikorsky Aircraft 2003
Charles Forstbauer Engineering Coach & Mentor He sold his motorcycle to buy a hang glider because it was safer #safetytrained Farmington High School 2006
Charlie Bald Assistant Coach & Mentor He is Bald, not bald. Parker Hannifin
Fluid Control Division
Earl Procko Assistant Coach Although he is always spotted near all kinds of technology at school, he lives a secret nature-filled life in his lair of plants and chickens. Farmington High School
Lisa Nollman Mentor DaCruz Manufacturing 2011
Trevor Deming Alumni Mentor The only thing that can match his collection of FIRST t-shirts is his transformer collection! Farmington High School Class of 2006 2011
Matt Crossman Alumni Mentor Ensign-Bickford Company 2012
Danielle Parkinson Alumni Mentor Collins Aerospace 2014
Mark Hofmann Mentor Will take any and all opportunities to have his face painted at competitions. Microchip Technology Inc. 2016
Tuhan Nguyen Alumni Mentor She hates bananas and pears (-10/10) FLL Program Coordinator 2017
Russ Scull Mentor He was part of Buzz Robotics (Fermi High School now Enfield High) rookie team in 1996 that went to Nationals that made it to the quarter finals. Pratt & Whitney 2021
Samantha Salvador Mentor She is a really good watercolor and colored pencil artist! Farmington High School 2021
Saimir Qyteza Mentor He once built a rubik's cube solver that solved the rubik's cube in 6 seconds 2022

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"Meow" - Mr. Mischief's Approval (Mr. Barron's cat)