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 Since 1999

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Mike Attan

FIRST Mentor Since 1999

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Bill Baedke

FIRST Mentor Since 1999

Engineer (Retired) - Visteon Corporation

Jeff Kausch

FIRST Mentor Since 2004

Program Mgr - Delphi

Julie Kausch

FIRST Mentor Since 2004

Engineer

Jim Yaxley

FIRST Mentor Since 2004

Engineer - Master Robotics

Gary Yahr

FIRST Mentor Since 2007

Flagstar Bank

Brynn Yahr

FIRST Mentor Since 2007

PAUL QUESADA

FIRST Mentor Since 2008

General Dynamics (Retired)

Tony Moraccini 

FIRST Mentor Since 2009

Construction (Retired)

Curtis DeSaele 

FIRST Mentor Since 2010

Engineer - Waltonen Engineering

Kelly Kozlowski 

FIRST Mentor Since 2011

Writer

Nick Paterni

FIRST Mentor Since 2012

Software Engineer - MotorCity Casino

Donovan Whitehead

FIRST Mentor Since 2014

Engineer- Metalworking Lubricants Company

ThunderChicken Alumni

Justin Schultz 

FIRST Mentor Since 2014

Engineer- Complete Automation

ThunderChicken Alumni

Raju Mudunuri 

FIRST Mentor Since 2017

Engineer - Ford

Aaron Willcock 

FIRST Mentor Since 2018

Wayne State Professor - Computer Science 

ThunderChicken Alumni