About Our Mentors

FIRST Robotics Team 2471 students work with engineering and business mentors to guide them as they design and build their robots and market the team. Our mentors have received Community Leadership Awards from the Washington Association of School Administrators for their involvement with 2471 and the community.

Faculty Advisors:

  • Sara Gondek, Camas High School

Mentors (in alphabetical order by last name):

  • Kurt Abbas
  • Jeremy Colwell, Comic Book Artist, Freelance
  • Tanna Colwell, Renaissance Learning
  • Bob Croucher, Senior Programmer, Disney Interactive Studios
  • Bud Hayes, Owner, Ask Bud to Do It
  • Jeff Hendricks, VP of Research & Development
  • Roy Thornley, Manufacturing Engineer, U.S. Digital Corporation
  • Bruce Whitefield, Quality Control Manager, Linear Technology
  • Rick Wilks, OEM Sales, SRAM
  • Janis Williams, Boeing

Alumni Mentors:

  • Azriel Achterbosch
  • Bryce Croucher, Mechanical Engineer, Shoot 360
  • Natalie Janson, Elementary Education, University of Portland
  • Keefe Koenig
  • Jessica Liddy
  • Alex Runyan
  • Tyler Scheuble
  • Corwin Whitefield, Hewlett-Packard

Mentors Emeritus:

  • Brianna Abraham, Teacher, Camas High School
  • Mohit Abraham, Pitsco
  • Chris Bell, Vice President, Riverview Bank
  • Carlo Calica, Serial Technology Entrepreneur
  • David Gast, Program Manager, HP
  • Dea Guthrie, Sales Advisor, Air Liquide
  • Kirstie Hayes, Anthropology Department, Washington State University-Vancouver
  • Eirik Huset, Hockinson High School
  • Karl Koenig, President, Professional Fire Fighters Local 1159
  • Jason Marr, Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Sarah Murray, Registered Health Information Technician, Rebound Orthopedics and Neurosurgery
  • Debby Prentice, Risk Management, Vancouver School District

Team Mean Machine thanks all of its mentors for their time, dedication, and support throughout the years.