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Meet Our Staff
    Karina Cisneros
Development Assistant & Social Media Manager
karinac@firstwa.org

Karina Cisneros is a FIRST Robotics Competition alumna and has been involved with FIRST since 2014, She is currently an active mentor to FIRST teams near her, and volunteers at many FIRST events. She began working with FIRST Washington shortly before graduating high school in 2018 and is now attending Green River College.

 


  Amy Clapham
Volunteer Resource Manager
amyc@firstwa.org

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.

    Allison Clowers
Public Relations Intern
allisonc@firstwa.org

Allison joined the FIRST community as a FIRST Robotics Competition student in 2013, since then she has volunteered at various FIRST events. She is currently attending Central Washington University and in majoring is Public Relations and minoring in Psychology and Non-Profit Business Management. She began working with FIRST Washington in 2019 as the Public Relations Intern.
 

  Peter Gelpi
Vice President of Programs

peterg@firstwa.org

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
jacqueg@firstwa.org

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. 
    Kellie LaPointe
Development Manager
kelliel@firstwa.org

Kellie LaPointe has worked and volunteered in non-profit and governmental institutions in technical and non-technical roles. Enhancing her practical experience in technology and business. Kellie has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida, School of Engineering.  Kellie is drawn to the non-profit sector because of the passion that people bring to their work and the focus on building a future that is brighter, stronger, and better. 


 

 
Erin McCallum
President

erin@firstwa.org 

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.
 


  Adrienne Rime
Events Manager

arime@firstwa.org

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

Rsteele@firstinspires.org
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.
   

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
FIRST LEGO League

marissab@firstwa.org

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
nataliej@firstwa.org

Natalie Janson joined FIRST as a FIRST Robotics Competition student in 2010. Since then, she has served in many volunteer roles spanning the four FIRST programs 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.