Our Mentors are the greatest!

The ThunderChickens work hours upon hours for six weeks to build their robot in order to be ready for competition. In addition,  many adult mentors from various industries volunteer their time to guide, teach and mentor the students during the build and competition season. We send out a big “Thank You” to them all!

Ron Arscheene

FIRST Mentor – 22 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Mike Attan

FIRST Mentor – 22 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Bill Baedke

FIRST Mentor – 22 Years

Engineer (Retired) - Ford

Gary Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 13 Years

Flagstar Bank

Brynn Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 13 Years

Tony Moraccini 

FIRST Mentor – 11 Years

Construction (Retired)

Jeff Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 16 Years

Program Mgr - Delphi

Julie Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 16 Years

Engineer

PAUL QUESADA

FIRST Mentor – 12 Years

GDLS (Retired)

Kelly Kozlowski 

FIRST Mentor – 9 Years

Writer

Jim Yaxley

FIRST Mentor – 16 Years

Engineer - Master Robotics

Curtis DeSaele 

FIRST Mentor – 10 Years

Engineer - Waltonen Engineering

Nick Paterni

FIRST Mentor – 8 Years

Software Engineer - MotorCity Casino

Raju Mudunuri 

FIRST Mentor – 3 Years

Engineer - Ford

Donovan Whitehead

FIRST Mentor – 6 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni

Justin Schultz 

FIRST Mentor – 6 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni

Aaron Willcock 

FIRST Mentor – 2 Years

Wayne State Professor - Computer Science 

ThunderChicken Alumni