The REC Foundation team hails from across the U.S. and around the world to inspire the next generation in STEM.
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Dan Mantz is CEO and Chairman of the Board for the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. He is responsible for the long-term strategy, structure, and fiscal health of the organization. He acts as a direct liaison between the REC Foundation and the Board. Prior to joining the REC Foundation, Dan was President of RackSolutions for four years and spent 19 years in the industrial robotics industry at FANUC Robotics. Dan lives in Texas and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Director of Global Competition and Strategic Initiatives
Territory: Delaware, Pennsylvania
Jim Crane works closely with the CEO to execute the strategic vision of the REC Foundation. He is responsible for directing programs that provide support to areas of need across all programs. He is the main point of contact for multiple partnerships and a member of the Program Design Committee. Before joining the REC Foundation, Jim was a Physics teacher for 16 years in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, where he lives. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Director, Operations
Brad Lauer manages fundraising and sponsorship activities for the REC Foundation. Brad is responsible for the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of technology, web, and IT projects. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Producer of the VEX Robotics World Championship. Prior to joining the REC Foundation, Brad was the Senior Manager, Education Channel Development at VEX Robotics, Inc. He lives in Connecticut and can be reached at email@example.com.
Director of Regional Operations
Mike Martus is responsible for supervision of Regional Support Managers and oversees the organization’s League play program. Mike works closely with the CEO to ensure that VEX Robotics Competition events are delivered in a consistent and well-executed manner in the countries where the programs are delivered. He joined the REC Foundation after spending 37 years as a high school Vocational Robotics Educator. Mike lives in Michigan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Human Resources
Cristina Munks manages the day-to-day Human Resources operations and administers the Scholarship program for the REC Foundation. Cristina brings to the REC Foundation 10 years of human resources experience in the tech and healthcare industries. Cristina resides in California and can be reached at email@example.com.
Director of Operations
Charla Pittman is the Director of Operations for the REC Foundation. She oversees the daily operations for the REC Foundation, supervises the Greenville, Texas, office staff and leads the event planning for our annual signature events. Before joining the REC Foundation, Charla was a paralegal for a Dallas law firm and has held multiple positions within the public school system’s PTA and PTO as well as the Boy Scouts of America. Charla lives in Texas and can be reached at Charla_Pittman@roboticseducation.org.
Senior Director, Programs
Tarek Shraibati is responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with the organization’s many strategic partners and overseeing the VRC judging process. He also assists with the growth of VEX U, and developing the organization’s college scholarship program. Prior to joining the REC Foundation, Tarek taught college engineering courses for 27 years at California State University, Northridge. Tarek lives in California and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Allbritton previously worked as a cataloger at an academic library and as a writer, editor, and blogger before joining the organization. He lives in Florida and can be reached at email@example.com.
Daniel Benavides assists the operations team with day-to-day logistics and handles shipping/receiving for the Greenville office. He resides in Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karina Chavez provides customer service and assistance with day-to-day operations in the Greenville,TX office. Karina resides in Texas and can be reached at Karina_chavez@roboticseducation.org.
Government & Regional Grants Coordinator
Leslie Cruse is responsible for the management of our Regional Grants Program and working with state and government initiatives to further the mission of REC Foundation. Before joining the REC Foundation, Leslie spent 13 years at Jacksonville State University, most recently working as a project coordinator for the Math and Science Initiative. Leslie resides in Alabama and can be reached at Leslie_cruse@roboticseducation.org.
Ashley is responsible for providing logistical support and assistance with day-to-day operations in the Greenville office. She also assists customers with their various needs. Ashley resides in Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
Corporate Program Manager
Brent Gray is responsible for maintaining positive, lasting relationships with the organization’s local, national, and international alumni and sponsors. Before joining the REC Foundation, Brent worked for the Foundation for a professional sports franchise in Dallas that uses sports to change the lives of youth through physical education programs and STEM curriculum. Brent lives in Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Magazzu provides graphic design for the Development and Communications departments. Before joining the REC Foundation she worked as part of a publication/design team for a scientific magazine and freelancing. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts, with over 11 years experience in the graphic design field. She lives in Massachusetts and can be reached at email@example.com.
Community Innovation Manager
Nancy McIntyre joined the foundation in the summer of 2012 after a 23-year career as a teacher, administrator, coach, and robotics mentor. As a credentialed educator, she has helped to develop the foundation’s online curriculum, the engineering notebooks, and has worked with teachers around the world to empower them to successfully incorporate VEX Robotics teams on their school campuses. Additional foundation initiatives that Nancy has played a role in developing include the Online Challenges, the STEM Hall of Fame, and Girl Powered. Nancy lives in California and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tokie Morgan is the coordinator for REC Foundation sponsored events responsible for maintaining open communication and management of all the moving components of the event. Before joining the REC Foundation, Tokie worked for the military assisting service members and their families who were deploying or returning from deployments. Tokie resides in Texas and can be reached at Tokie_Morgan@roboticseducation.org.
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Ruby Pontbriand is responsible for executing the organization’s overall messaging and branding through printed and online materials, and across social media channels. Prior to joining the REC Foundation, Ruby managed event communications, email marketing, social media, and internal and external communications in the local real estate community. Ruby resides in Massachusetts and can be reached at email@example.com.
Taunja Weber is an Administrative Support Specialist assisting in the Volunteer Coordinating and Development Departments in our Greenville office. Before joining the REC Foundation, she worked as an Executive Assistant, Membership Manager, Accounting Assistant, and Office Manager. Taunja lives in Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria Carter is responsible for day-to-day accounting functions. Victoria attended Kapiolani Community College and Tennessee Tech University and has 15 years of full cycle accounting experience. Victoria resides in Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
Melinda Henderson is responsible for customer service as well as providing logistical support and assistance with day-to-day operations in our Greenville office. Melinda resides in Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The REC Foundation relies on a dedicated group of Regional Support Managers who provide day-to-day oversight of the organization’s activities, and critical support and training to the organization’s constituencies. Additionally, each of the Regional Support Managers have special initiatives and/or projects that they oversee. Regional Support Managers are listed alphabetically by last name.