FIRST Robotics Canada Staff
David EllisVice President, Programs
John HobbinsFIRST Robotics Competition
Annika PintFIRST LEGO League Challenge
Christine BibicFIRST LEGO League Discover, Explore
Florence LeeWarehouse Manager
Kim CooperVice President, Partnerships
Arti JaveriDirector, Operations
Karthik KanagasabapathyOperaions, Digital Programs and Analytics
Joanne WhitneyCommunication Specialist
Dorelle JoyntProject Assistant
Dawn BrillingerFinance Manager aa
FIRST Senior Mentors
FSM – Southern Ontario
Phil’s love affair with FIRST began back in 2009 when his son joined a fledgling FISRT LEGO League team – the first team of ever-growing FIRST programs in the Hamilton Catholic school board. Fascinated by how inspired the students were and how engaged the parents and sponsors became, Phil applied his enthusiasm and professional expertise in communications and community relations to Hamilton’s FIRST Robotics Competition teams and the Catholic Board’s robotics programs. Phil’s involvement and support of FIRST Canada includes serving as a FIRST Robotics Competition District and Provincial event Volunteer Coordinator, FISRT LEGO League Judge and Marketing Consultant as well as assisting with sponsorships and warehouse activities. Apart from promoting FIRST to anyone who will listen, Phil also serves as an Army Cadet League of Canada Liaison Officer, runs his own consulting business and is currently serving his first term as an elected Trustee on the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
FSM – Ontario
Melissa Douglas studied Early Childhood Education but have spent the last 25 years working in the business world. She is the mother of two girls who have both have been members of FLL Teams and her oldest spend 4 years on an FRC team prior to graduating. She began volunteering for First in 2009 and has spent 7 years as a Tournament Director for the Durham Regional Qualifier. She has traveled throughout Ontario with a few trips south of the border, as a spectator and as a volunteer which has led to her overall passion for all things First. Melissa’s biggest wish is to see First available to every kid in Canada.
FSM – Greater Toronto
Paul Keenan was a teacher for 31 years in the Toronto area. Keenan started out as an elementary French teacher and for the last twenty-five years was a high school Computer Science teacher. Even before Keenan became a teacher he was involved in community coaching of hockey. The coaching continued throughout Keenan’s teaching career but also included football, basketball and softball. Keenan’s last 3 years as a teacher included starting an FRC team at ST. Robert CHS in Thornhill. Along with another key mentor, Bob Chirrey, FRC Team 4001 developed into a very competitive team.
FSM – Northern Ontario
Heather Kelso (also known as the “FIRST® LEGO® League Queen of North Bay”) is currently an administrator in her local school board in North Bay, Ontario. Heather also has a business and marketing background. Heather first got involved in FIRST in 2013 when she coached her son’s FIRST LEGO League team. She hopes to offer help to parents, teachers, and teams in her community to find resources and assistance to continue to grow FIRST in Northern Ontario.
Sheri Lynn Koscielski
FSM – Windsor, Ontario
Sheri Lynn is a mother of 4 adult children who have been through and remain involved with FIRST. She and her husband Larry have been FRC mentors for 12 years and have been passionate about growing the FIRST program at all levels in the Windsor – Essex – Kent area. Sheri Lynn has a long history of volunteering including many years at her children’s grade school, Skate LaSalle, and she continues to be a Scout and Girl Guide Leader even after her children have all completed the program, having them now Leaders with her. Sheri Lynn has been an Avon Representative and Team Leader in her own business for over 22 years. She has been Volunteer Coordinator for the FLL Competition as well as Co-Cordinator for the FLL Tournament and Windsor Essex Great Lakes Regional . Sheri Lynn is committed to helping our youth grow into confident young adults by providing great experiences in wonderful programs like Scouts, Girl Guides and of course FIRST Robotics .
FIRST SENIOR MENTOR
Sarah Sils graduated in the field of Engineering and worked for a decade in the Canadian Telecommunications industry. She lived in Australia, Singapore and the Philippines taking on some interesting engineering roles along the way. At home, she focused on family for a number of years before considering her next career. She began teaching math and science and mentoring FIRST Lego League Junior teams, FIRST Lego League teams, VEX in the classroom and a FIRST Robotics team (SWAT 771). Her passion lies with promoting STEM fields as awesome careers. She has a special interest in reaching ALL students with this message, in Canada and internationally.