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.
Joe Flynn became a mentor for Team 1706 in 2015. Joe mentors the programmers on our robotics team. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in college, majoring in Computer Science and Math. 28 years of software engineering experience at Boeing helps him teach the students about the basics of software engineering, such as requirements, design, coding, and testing.
Bill DeNoon has worked with Team 1706 for 2011. He helps many students by teaching them how to use shop equipment. He also guides them during the building process of the robot. He is a mechanical engineer with 35 years of experience.
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 an AAS degree. 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.
Brandy Antonio became a mentor for Team 1706 in 2016. She works in the media tech division of our team. In college she earned a B.S. in Secondary Math Education as well as a MET Master’s in Educational Technology. She provides the team with her professional teaching skills in Mathematics and Educational Technologies. She is excited to work with students who are interested in graphic, web and video design, as well as those interested in increasing our audience through social media. She believes the skills she provides will not only benefit our team, but will also enhance the skills of our students will have currently and in their futures.
Leslie Monahan has been a mentor for Team 1706 since 2013. She assists with fundraising, public relations, and administration. She earned a B.S. in Public Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked at Boeing in training and development for 15 years and now works for the Wentzville R-IV School District.
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.
Steven Shortt, an alumni of the team, has helped mentor Team 1706 since 2016. He currently helps in the build division of our team. He is currently attending college and is returning to our team as a mentor after being a student member for two years. Previously being on the build team and being mechanically inclined helps him understand and explain what needs to be done when students ask him for assistance with tasks such as making specific parts.
Nicole Williams joined Team 1706 in 2016. She mentors the programming and vision divisions of our team. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering, and is a certified LabVIEW Application Developer. She believes her experience working with programming, simulation, and integration for aerospace manufacturing enables her to effectively mentor our students. She enjoys helping students learn about robots and STEAM applications through her mentoring.
Renee Tate became a mentor in 2016. Renee mentors the business division of our team. She has received a BS in management from LSU, and believes that her experience working in different areas of business, finance, and education enables her to better mentor the business team. She also enjoys organizing team fundraisers as well as working with other administrative aspects of our team.
Keli Stone became a mentor in 2015 and mentors the business division of our team. She is a former co-chair with the Energy for Life Walks, and a current support leader for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. She has a passion for photography and works with the students in promotions via social media, and photo journaling. She also is our liaison with the Ronald McDonald House and our Pull Tab campaign. Keli loves volunteering at both FLL and FRC competitions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Stone became a mentor in 2017. After graduating from Naval Nuclear Power School, he served in the submarine service for 6 years. Mike then worked in the utility industry and automation for the next 30 years, specializing in Power Monitoring and Control and is currently employed by Schneider Electric.
Donna Stumpf joined Team 1706 as a mentor in 2017. Donna mentors the business team. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration at University of Missouri – St. Louis. She works for Children’s Plus / Rainbow Book Company selling books to K-12 Librarians and school districts. Donna is excited to work with the students and attend the robotic competitions.
Narelle Deatherage joined Team 1706 as a mentor in 2017. She has earned her PhD in experimental physics and currently teaches physics in the Wentzville School District.
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.
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.
Jonathan Peine is an alumni of Team 1706 and has helped mentor Team 1706 since 2017. Jonathan joined the team while in high school. He was a member for 3 years and lead the CAD team for 1 year. 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.
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.