The Team

The 2018 team was composed by 36 students that spent more than 150 hours a year working during team meetings. It is run by the Head Coach with the help of 17 full mentors who guide students in programming, electrical, marketing, and a wide array of mechanical skills. 4488 mentors and volunteers recorded more than 9700 hours volunteering in 2018 and 10100 hours in 2019. We consider full mentors volunteers who help for at least 200 hours in a season. In addition to its mentors, the team has several volunteers and parents who help with field construction, meals, etc.

We have mentors from many different demographics (female, people of color, and FIRST alumni) and occupations who bring diversity and knowledge to the team. We train our mentors on how to effectively work with students, deal with difficult situations, listen to ideas, work with other mentors, and encourage students to give their best. We also train them on using tools to increase safety when they are supervising students.

Team Mentors

Adult Leadership

Willie

Williane Tenca - Head Coach
L10N W6E Owner - Localization Engineer
2006 Woodie Flower Award winner / Team 4488 Founder / PNW Lead Committee Team Member (2013-2014) / OR Planning Committee Member (2005-2013 and 2016)
Team 1510 Founder and Head Coach 2004-2007 / Team 955 Mentor - 2002-2004
FIRST since 2002

Jean

Jean Tenca - Head Mentor, Drive Coach & Integration Lead Mentor - Synopsys, Inc., Senior R&D Engineer
2015, 16, 18, 19 Woodie Flower Award Finalist PNW
Team 1510 and 4488 Co-Founder, FIRST Alumnus / FIRST since 2002

Lead Mentors and Mentors
Alex

Alex (Alexandre) Tenca - Programming Lead and Mechanical Mentor - Synopsys, Inc, Principal Engineer and Technical Project Lead
Team 1510 and 4488 Co-Founder / FIRST since 2002

Sarah Tenca

Sarah Tenca - Strategy Lead and Mechanical Mentor - Office Manager at a Veterinary Clinic
Team 4488 Co-Founder / FIRST since 2011

Bret Toll

Bret Toll - Electrical Lead and Mechanical Mentor - Ampere, CPU Architecture Distinguished Engineer / 4488 Parent, FIRST since 2013

Nick Lekas - LED Lead, Video Lead and Electrical Mentor
4488 Alumnus / FIRST since 2014

William Freelove - Strategy Programming Lead Mentor
FIRST since 2016

Brice Onken - Programming Mentor - Lead Mentor - Intel Corporation, System Validation Engineer / Alumnus, FIRST 2013

Lambert

Chris Lambert - CAD Mentor - Connexus Industries, Inc., Resident Engineer / FIRST since 2011

Sam Robinson - Social Media Lead, Video and, Mechanical Mentor - Vanguard EMS Inc., Systems Administrator / FIRST since 2016

Nicole Freelove - Manufacturing Lead and PR Mentor - EMS Subdesk - Classified Sub / FIRST since 2016

Evie Toll - Mechanical Mentor
4488 Parent / FIRST since 2016

Stan Capps - Manufacturing Mentor - FIRST since 2018

Gary Waldo - Manufacturing Mentor - Tektronix, Product Planner / FIRST since 2018

Adam Levin - Marketing Mentor - Intel, 4488 Alumnus - FIRST 2019

Special Volunteers

Quentin Luvaas - CAD Mentor - Intel Corporation, Manager - 4488 Alumnus 2013, FIRST 2019

Julie

Julie Crays - 4488 Parent. Intel, Technical Learning Solutions Specialist / FIRST since 2016

Chris

Chris Steiner - Teacher Advisor - Glencoe High School, Teacher / Team 4488 Founder, FIRST 2010

Scott Jackson Steiner - Teacher Advisor - Glencoe High School, Teacher /FIRST 2019

Former Mentors and Special Volunteers
Caio Tenca - FIRST Alumnus - 2013
Mary Steiner - FIRST Alumnus - 2013
Marci Ankerson - 2013-14 - Parent
Edward Mitchell - 2014-16
Dave Sutherland - FIRST Alumnus - 2013-15
Ben Goetz - FIRST Alumnus - 2015
Arron Ho - FIRST Alumnus - 2013-16
Thad House - FIRST Alumnus - 2013-16
Steve Haskell - 2018
Senthil Ichennai - 2016-17
Glen Kennedy 2017-18 - Parent
Phil Horton - 2017
Jennifer and Troy South - 2013-18 - Parent
Steve Zimmerly - 2014-18 - Parent
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