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 Strategic InitiativesTerritory: 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, Marketing and Communications
Vicki Grisanti oversees the development and communications departments. In this role she is responsible for internal and external communication, marketing, and community involvement. Vicki comes to the REC Foundation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she worked in university advancement. Prior to WPI, Vicki managed corporate community involvement at EMC Corporation with a focus on improving K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Vicki resides in Massachusetts and can be reached at email@example.com.
Director of Global Development and Technology
As Director of Global Development, Brad Lauer manages fundraising and sponsorship activities for the REC Foundation. In his role as Director of Technology, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Director of Regional OperationsTerritory: Hawaii, California
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 is the REC Foundation’s Content Coordinator. He 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.
Shipping & Receiving Clerk
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.
Ashley Davis 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.
IT Support Specialist
Dillon Lee is a graduate of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College with an associate degree in Industrial Automation, Controls, and Networking. He assists the REC Foundation with IT and technology support and prior to that served as a Region Support Manager in the Midwest. Dillon lives in Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Resources Manager
Cristina Munks manages the day-to-day Human Resources operations of the REC Foundation. Cristina brings to the REC Foundation nearly 10 years of human resources experience in the tech and healthcare industries. Cristina resides in California and can be reached at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willem Scholten supports the Pacific Northwest region. He joined the REC Foundation after more than 10 years of robotics education experience. Willem mentors robotics teams from kindergarten through college-level and has coordinated robotics programs for many years. Willem lives in Washington and can be reached at email@example.com.
Development Associate & Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Alabama
Chandler Bise joined the REC Foundation after competing in VEX Robotics for 6 seasons. He has a background as a Network Administrator in a large school district and is currently attending Auburn University at Montgomery studying Management Information Systems. Chandler lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: CT, ME, MA, NY, RI
Veronica Bitz provides regional support for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. While earning her degree in Mass Communications from the University of New Haven, she joined the REC Foundation as an Operations Intern, supporting local events in the Southern New England area. She also assisted with the production of VEX Robotics World Championship. Veronica lives in Connecticut and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee
Shelli Brasher joined the REC Foundation after 30 years as a high school Mathematics/STEM teacher and curriculum consultant. She has served as coach/mentor for VEX Robotics teams and as an Event Partner for robotics tournaments, workshops, and camps. Shelli is dedicated to helping schools and communities provide sustainable robotics education programs for their youth and to empowering girls to pursue STEM careers. She lives in Collierville, Tennessee, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Cheryl Burley Rausch
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Cheryl Rausch has 11 years of experience with competitive robotics working previously for the CREATE Foundation where she managed and supervised multiple areas of the U.S. Open Robotics Championship; such as Volunteer Coordinator, Team Registration, and Judging. Cheryl has also assisted with planning and support of robotics camps. She lives in Nebraska and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia
Dylon Caudill joined the REC Foundation after competing in VEX Robotics for three seasons. Dylon worked as a LAN Administrator providing technology and systems support. He lives in Ohio and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina
Matt Conroy assists with Event Partner training, development of the VEX U program, and the REC Foundation’s Certifications Program. He joined the REC Foundation after spending 32 years as a teacher. Matt lives in Florida and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support Manager and Special InitiativesTerritory: Alabama
Leslie Cruse is responsible for assisting with the management of teacher training, and special events. She also assists with the execution of VEX Robotics Competitions. 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.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Indiana
Randy Decker provides regional support for Indiana focusing on VEX IQ. He joined the REC Foundation after 29 years as a Career and Technical Education teacher. He has been involved with VEX Robotics since its beginnings in 2005. Randy has taught electronics, Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, A+ Computer Repair, and Robotics. Randy attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. He lives in Indiana and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Michigan
John Gilligan joined the REC Foundation after a career as an information technology professional and entrepreneur. John has mentored numerous robotics teams at all levels of competition, served as an Event Partner, and worked to engage more students through initiatives on a regional level. John lives in Michigan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
Katrina Hill worked in program development for a national non-profit serving over 3,000 pre-college students prior to joining the REC Foundation. She also worked in public school education for over eight years. Katrina lives in Washington, DC, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: New Hampshire, Vermont
Dan Larochelle provides regional support to New Hampshire and Vermont. He has an extensive background in STEM training and curriculum development. Dan holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from UNH. He has been involved in competitive robotics since 1996 and with VEX since 2005. He lives in New Hampshire and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Texas
Ruben Lopez joined the REC Foundation after being involved in robotics for six years. While in high school, he received his associate degree and currently studies Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Ruben lives in Texas, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Teacher Training CoordinatorTerritory: Georgia
Terry Marbut coordinates the organization’s teacher training initiatives and provides regional support in Alabama and Georgia. Terry joined the REC Foundation after working three years in manufacturing engineering and 30 years as an administrator and faculty member in higher education. He has administered robotics education programs and served as the Event Partner for the VEX State Championships in Alabama. Terry lives in Alabama and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Corey McCoy joined REC Foundation after 26 years in education as a teacher and mentor. She served as a coach and facilitator for various VEX robotics teams, leagues, and robotics events. Corey lives in Arizona and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: California
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.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Louisiana, Texas
Luis Medina joined the REC Foundation after developing and running a successful robotics program during his ten-year tenure at Clear Creek Independent School District. He has been an Event Partner for over six years, hosting many events annually including the State Championship. Luis lives in Pearland, Texas, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: New Jersey
Ben Mitchell joined the REC Foundation in the summer of 2018 and has an extensive background as a former robotics team advisor, event coordinator, and volunteer in a myriad of roles. He lives in New Jersey and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
Kirk Norrid graduated from Northeastern State University with a background in science education. While at NSU he competed on the College of Education robotics team, developed robotics curriculum for several schools in Oklahoma, and served as a special ambassador in robotics, a special initiative in Vienna, Austria. He also worked for two years as an assistant to the Director of the Robotics Academy of Critical Engagement. Kirk lives in Oklahoma where he can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: California
Steven Rummell joined the REC Foundation after more than a decade in education. As the principal of one of the largest elementary schools in Silicon Valley, Steven began numerous STEM initiatives. He served as faculty advisor for VEX IQ Challenge teams and as an Event Partner for robotics tournaments, leagues, and mentor workshops. He lives in Santa Clara, California, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Bill Ryno joined REC Foundation after 30 years working in industrial technology, technical writing, and technical training. He also served several seasons as Robotics Coordinator for 14 teams, coach/mentor for VEX robotics teams, and Event Partner for robotics events. Bill lives in Appleton, Wisconsin, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Regional Support ManagerTerritory: AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY
Lisa Schultz joined the REC Foundation to support the Pacific Northwest after a career as teacher and mechanical engineer. Lisa has developed high school curriculum to teach Introduction to Engineering Design and Robotics. She mentored a high school robotics team for three years focusing on outreach to young women. Lisa lives in Seattle, Washington and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEX Global Competition Manager
Grant Cox oversees the international VEX competition support team and also serves as the Chairman of the VEX Game Design Committee. He has been involved in robotics since 2007 at all levels of competition, from student to mentor and volunteer to event planner. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and previously held the title of VEX Robotics Marketing Manager for four years. Originally from Michigan, Grant now lives in Texas and can be reached at email@example.com.
VEX Competition Support ManagerTerritory: Asia Pacific
Crystal Zhang is responsible for VEX events and team registration in the Asia Pacific region. She lives in China and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEX Competition Support ManagerTerritory: Asia Pacific
Jason Kang is responsible for supporting VEX events and teams in Asia Pacific. He has a Master’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering and worked as an engineer for many years. Jason lives in China and can be reached at email@example.com.
VEX Customer Service ManagerTerritory: Latin America
Eli Osornio has been with VEX Robotics for six years and is responsible for sales and competition support in Latin America. He joined VEX as a technician and currently serves as Customer Service Manager specializing in Latin American sales. Eli is originally from Mexico and speaks fluent English and Spanish; he now lives in Texas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEX Competition Support ManagerTerritory: Canada
Richard Seniuk is responsible for supporting VEX events and teams in Canada. He was the head mentor and coach for a high school robotics team in Ontario for 11 years. As a VEX Event Partner, he started the first VRC tournament in Ottawa, actively grew the number of teams in the area, and has been a VEX Worlds volunteer since 2013. Richard lives in Ontario and can be reached at email@example.com.
VEX Competition Support ManagerTerritory: Europe, Africa, Middle East
Bridie Gaynor is responsible for supporting VEX events and teams across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She lives in the UK and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VEX Competition Support ManagerTerritory: Oceania
Chris Hamling is responsible for supporting VEX teams and events in the Oceania region of Australia and New Zealand. Originally an entrepreneur specializing in networked embedded systems and blue sky product development, he has been involved with the VEX Robotics Competition since 2008 in his role as National Manager for the New Zealand Robotics Charitable Trust. Chris lives in New Zealand and can be reached at email@example.com.