OUR MENTORS

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!

We have four mentors on the team, that have been there 20 years.

We are so lucky to have them, and their wealth of knowledge - Ron Archeene, Mile Attan, Bob Korson, and Bill Baedke. 

Ron Archeene

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Mike Attan

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Teacher - Utica Community Schools

Bob Korson

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Engineer (Retired) - Ford

Bill Baedke

FIRST Mentor – 20 Years

Engineer (Retired) - Ford

Gary Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 12 Years

Flagstar Bank

Brynn Yahr

FIRST Mentor – 12 Years

Tony Moraccini 

FIRST Mentor – 10 Years

Construction (Retired)

Jeff Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Program Mgr - Delphi

Julie Kausch

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Engineer

Kelly Kozlowski 

FIRST Mentor – 8 Years

Writer

Jim Yaxley

FIRST Mentor – 15 Years

Engineer - Master Robotics

Curtis DeSaele 

FIRST Mentor – 9 Years

Engineer - Waltonen Engineering

Nick Paterni

FIRST Mentor – 7 Years

Software Engineer - MotorCity Casino

Raju Mudunuri 

FIRST Mentor – 2 Years

Engineer - Ford

Donovan Whitehead

FIRST Mentor – 5 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni

Justin Schultz 

FIRST Mentor – 5 Years

Engineer

ThunderChicken Alumni