Darrell Wodrich has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2007. He is the lead mentor and provides overall supervision of the team. He originally became a mentor to help with organization and management, but quickly became an invaluable teacher for programming, design, and electronics. He has 24 years of software development and management experience, and currently works at Charter Spectrum.
Since 2011 Denoon has been a mentor for the Ratchet Rockers. He works to further every department and every student on the team. With over 25 years of experience with OEM and printing plants, and equipment manufacturers, Denoon helps to develop innovate ideas and problem solutions for 1706. His only goal is to inspire and teach students and to help them become successful.
Kathy Park has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2011. She manages the fundraising activities, public relations, and administration for the team. She has a B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and works for the Wentzville School District. She also works at St. Louis Children’s hospital as a Lead Parent in the Sim Center and sits on committees and advisory boards at the hospital.
In 2011 Redman joined the Ratchet Rockers robotics team. He currently holds a Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Geosciences. As a Senior Advisor, he is a member of all departments that 1706 has. Redman enjoys watching the team work and sharing in the team fellowship meals.
Mark Roberts has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2012. He mentors and assists the build and CAD divisions of our team. He studied technology in college, earning a degree in both AAS and AOS. He has a career in the mechanical field, working for 25 years as a machinist and as a managing supporter of a steam turbine generator engineering group. He shares his experience received from his extended practices, having the ability to guide students throughout the whole process of designing and manufacturing items for our robots.
This is Antonio’s fifth year on Team 1706, having joined in 2014. She works as a mentor for the Build, Business, and Media Technology Departments. Antonio has received a Bachelor’s in Secondary Mathematics Education, a Masters in Educational Technology, and a Masters in Administration. She enjoys using social media to promote ideas and reaching a larger audience and likes providing the opportunity for students to ask questions and learn new things.
In 2014 Flynn joined Team 1706 as a Programming and Vision mentor. Using his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Math Bachelor, he works to develop and assist in the coding of the Ratchet Rockers. With 28 years of software engineering experience, Flynn teaches the students about the basics of software engineering.
Stone joined the Ratchet Rockers four years ago, during the 2015 season. She mentors the Media Technology and Business Departments of 1706. Stone has been a Co-Chair for the Energy for Life Walks, and is currently a Support Leader for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Stone is the Ratchet Rocker Liaison with to the Ronald McDonald House, the Head for the Pull Tab Campaign, and the Vice President of the Liberty High School Booster Club. With her knowledge and passion for Photography and Journalism, she helps to educate and embolden 1706’s photos and essays.
In 2016 Stone joined team 1706, and is currently in his third year as a mentor. He currently has received an Associates Degree in Electronic Technology and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Operators License. Stone is a mentor for the Build, Electrical, Programming, and Vision departments. Stone’s over 30 years of industrial electrical and programming experience, helps him to steer the students into a productive pathway. In addition, Stone is an Ambassador for Schneider Electric, who is promoting international collaboration among Schneider Electric sponsored teams.
Teri Clark has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2016. With a B.A. in Communications and Marketing, she has put her writing skills to work finding and completing grant applications. She also helps with the fundraising and business aspects of the team. Teri currently works for Wentzville School District at the Wentzville Middle School. She is hoping to facilitate a greater connection between the FLL teams and Team 1706.
Jamie Clark has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2016. Jamie currently assists where needed in the build and design areas. Jamie works in management for Charter Spectrum and hopes to use his organization and management skills to guide the students.
Jeff Fugate has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2016. He mentors and assist the build division of the team. He has a B.S Nuclear Engineering Degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a MBA from Webster University. He has over 20 years of experience working in building operations, management and design and currently works for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Since the 2016 Season, Harbour has been a Ratchet Rocker mentor. As a mentor for the Build Department, he utilizes his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State to educate and empower the team. With over 11 years of manufacturing experience, Harbour enjoys working with tools and helping out where he is needed.
David Hasty became a mentor for Team 1706 in 2016. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and is a Professional Engineer MO, KS, IL, IN, and TX. He designs stormwater and wastewater collection systems, pump stations, and treatment facilities. Dave began mentoring the build team and has now transitioned to the Treasurer position.
Mark Henman joined Team 1706 as a mentor in 2016. Mark currently helps with prototyping, electronics and additive manufacturing. Mark started studying electronics in high school and his first years in college, then turned to computer programming, earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Harding University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from UMSL. In 2001, Mark became a principal consultant for TDK Technologies in Chesterfield, MO and is now the CTO. Mark loves the fun and excitement when students see their work come together and it all becomes real.
In 2016 Williams joined the Ratchet Rockers, as a mentor in the Build, Business, Programming, and Vision departments. She has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering, and is a certified LabVIEW Application Developer. Williams has over 20 years of engineering experience, and utilizes those in student education. She uses her background to show practical examples and to write grants and help solicit sponsors. She loves watching students learn, grow, and achieve their goals.
Dr. Narelle Deatherage
Having joined the team last season, this is Deatherage’s second year as a Ratchet Rocker. She currently holds a Doctorate in Physics and is a teacher at Liberty High School. Deatherage is an advisor for Build, Business, and the Electrical departments. She enjoys working with the students and utilizing her experimental physics knowledge to help with strategizing, application of physics, and robot build.
Tyler Milek is an alumni of Team 1706 and has helped mentor Team 1706 since 2017. Tyler joined the team while in high school. He was a member for all 4 years and lead the CAD team for 2 years. He helped make CAD a large integral part of our team and assisted in building a first and second place robot. He would like to show new members the importance of CAD and the process of designing, building a robot.
Connor Monahan is also an alumni of Team 1706 and has helped mentor Team 1706 since 2017. He is currently a student at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in computer science. Connor joined the team while in high school. He was a member for 4 years and lead the Vision team. He oversaw the open source release of the vision software in 2015 and additionally helped dozens of FRC teams build and debug computer vision software.
As a second year member of 1706, Stumpf joined in 2017. She is a primary mentor for the Business Department. She currently holds a Bachelors in Administration. Stumpf has been in sales for over 20 years, and has dealt with all types of business individuals, which has helped with her business mentor role.
Trevan Michael joined the team as a mentor in 2018. He currently works for Boeing as a guidance and control engineer. As a first year mentor, Trevan is excited to share his knowledge with the team as the team shares the FIRST experience with him. He is looking forward to working with the students as they build the robot.
O’Hara joined the team as a student in 2013, and is a new mentor this season. He currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from Missouri S&T, is a Registered Engineer in Training, and has received the National STEM award. . He is a mentor for the Build, CAD, Electrical, Programming and Vision Departments of 1706. O’Hara started in robotics as a junior in high school, helped to design the VISION system, and is passionate about STEM and enjoys helping students realize their personal potentials in regards to STEM and other endeavors.
Joey Flynn Jr.
Having joined the team as a student in 2015, Flynn is a new student mentor with the Ratchet Rockers. He has received a High School Diploma from Liberty, and works in the 1706 Programing and Vision Department. Flynn was involved in FIRST for 4 years as a student, and has come back as a student mentor.
Peine is a new mentor to the team this 2018 season, after joining as a student in 2015. After graduating from High School he is a student mentor for both the Build and CAD departments of 1706. While being enrolled at S&T for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Peine returned to help the team. He understands the stress of being a student and wishes to help the team and the students in any way.