Meet Our Staff

  Peter Gelpi
Vice President of Programs


Peter Gelpi has spent the last 25 years as a high tech executive and entrepreneur in industries ranging from publishing to education and healthcare. Driven by curiosity and a commitment to serve, Peter has helped build companies noted for delivering valued innovations backed by unrivaled service. He has also maintained a constant commitment to providing educational opportunities to underserved children through his 20 years of service on the board of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and its Jazz Scholars program.

  Jacque Grimm
FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Junior Regional Supervisor

Jacque brings over 8 years of volunteer experience to FIRST Washington.  As the Team Manager for her children's hockey team she chaired the annual 2009 auction which helped to raise over $70 thousand for the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.  She also has been very involved volunteering in FIRST Robotics competitions in a variety of roles like Pit Admin; Lead Queuer; Score Keeper; Referee. 

Erin McCallum


Erin McCallum has spent 25 years successfully raising more than $162 million for a number of high-profile community organizations in this region and is a proven leader in both non-profit and political fund raising communities. Erin is an active volunteer with several nonprofit and community organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Western Washington and troop leader and member of Snoqualmie Valley Rotary. The mentors, coaches, and volunteers are the people who inspire her every day as they work to ignite and excite Washington youth to find their passion for STEM.
     Maggie Pooler
 District and Community Engagement Officer, Eastern Washington

Maggie’s initial involvement with FIRST came through her son’s FLL team in 2009.  Since then, she has been a team parent and chaperone for her  children’s FRC team.  She has also volunteered her time for field set-up and tear down.  In 2016, she coached two FLL teams at the elementary  school where she taught.  She has a passion for bringing STEM opportunities to underprivileged students of all ages and looks forward to  expanding the FLL program in Eastern Washington.  


  Adrienne Rime
Events Manager


Adrienne Rime became involved with FIRST in 2007 when her daughter's high school started a robotics club.In 2010 she began coaching a FIRST Robotics Competition team where she developed a passion for working with students.In 2011, Adrienne joined the FIRST Washington staff as a part time program coordinator for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition.  She loves the way that FIRST can help shape young peoples lives in discovering a career pathway.

  Robert Steele
FIRST Senior Mentor

Robert has been involved with FIRST for over 16 years, starting out in the Midwest and moving to Washington in 2006.  He has been the Head Coach for Skunk Works Robotics for the past 11 years.  He has done volunteer work for FTC, FLL and FRC. He has been active in assisting teams across Washington in the areas of sustainability and team structure.  Away from FIRST he enjoys woodworking, gardening, fishing and Star Wars as a member of the 501st Legion.

  Amy Clapham
Volunteer Resource Manager

Amy has spent the last 23 years working for Fortune 500 companies (telecommunications, coffee manufacturing, engineering/appliance production). She has always been an active volunteer within her community, as well as recruiting and supporting volunteers for local nonprofits, and achieved one of her life goals – establishing her own grassroots nonprofit. Over the years, Amy has helped raise over a million dollars for various organizations that give back to their community.


  Kyle Thomas

Kyle started working as a volunteer in the fieldhouse in 2015 and transitioned into a part-time position as a Gifts Processing Coordinator managing donor information and providing reports to the management team. He studied accounting at Western Washington University and enjoys hiking and basketball in his spare time.


FIRST Washington’s events are made possible through thousands of volunteers. Please meet our Senior Volunteer Coordinators for our programs.


  Marissa Birmingham
Sr. Volunteer Coordinator


Marissa has been involved with FIRST since 2007, starting as a FIRST Robotics Competition student on Team 360 and moving quickly into volunteer roles. Inspired by her FIRST experience, she studied Engineering Management at the University of Portland. Now, as a Business Process Analyst at Exotic Metals Forming Company, she works on a team of analysts and programmers that improve process efficiency through process automation and systems integration. Marissa is excited to broaden her FIRST experience in the FIRST LEGO League Senior Volunteer Coordinator position, while continuing to serve as a volunteer coordinator for several FIRST Robotics Competition events.

  Natalie Janson
Sr. Volunteer Coordinator
FIRST  Tech Challenge

Natalie Janson joined FIRST as a FIRST Robotics Competition student in 2010. Since then, she has served in many volunteer roles spanning the four FIRSTprograms including referee, judge, robot inspector, master of ceremonies, and volunteer coordinator. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Education degree in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Washington. Natalie is excited to work with other volunteers to provide the best experience for students as the FIRST Tech Challenge Senior Volunteer Coordinator.


Chelsea Olson
Sr. Volunteer Coordinator


Chelsea was introduced to FIRST in 2012 as an electrical mentor for a local FRC team and fell in love with the program. She has continued to mentor FLL, FTC and FRC teams and volunteer as a referee, judge, and volunteer coordinator across all four FIRST programs. An Electrical Hardware Design Engineer at Amazon, Chelsea is an alumna of University of Washington where she completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and is working toward her Doctorate in Electrical Engineering. Chelsea is excited to join FIRST Washington as a FLL Sr. Volunteer Coordinator to help others discover their love for FIRST in their own communities.


  K. Dru Patterson
Sr. Volunteer Coordinator
FIRST Robotics Competition


Dru was introduced to FIRST in 2012 when her daughter joined FRC Team 1425.  She saw firsthand what a difference FIRST was making not only in the life of her daughter but in the lives of so many young people. The experience inspired Dru to get involved and give back to FIRST by taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Pacific Northwest district events in 2014.  The incredible students and volunteers who make up the PNW FIRST Community work hard to make each season better than the last and Dru is honored to get to play a small part in the process.