Board of Directors
President & COO, Precise Path Robotics
Jason L. Zielke is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Precise Path Robotics, the creator of the world's FIRSTautonomous greens mower for golf courses. Prior to helping launch Precise Path, Mr. Zielke served as an Innovation Fellow for Rose-Hulman Ventures where he helped launch and grow a variety of startup technology companies.
He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Jason has also served as the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Rose-Hulman Alumni Advisory Board, received the Distinguished Young Alum Award from Rose-Hulman in 2010, and currently serves on the Rose-Hulman Indianapolis Board of Associates.
Jason began his involvement with FIRST Robotics when he helped start a team in 2003 as an engineering mentor while working at GM. In 2011, Jason officially took on the role of Chairman of IndianaFIRST and continues to mentor Team 1024, the Kil-A-Bytes in Indianapolis, IN.
Critical Repair Engineer, Rolls-Royce
Chelsea Bowen is a Critical Repair Engineer at Rolls-Royce where she develops repairs for the AE product line, BR700/710, and JSF Liftfan components.
She graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Material Science Engineering.
Chelsea began her involvement in FIRST as a student on FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 135 in 2007. She continued her involvement at the collegiate level in Purdue FIRST Programs serving as the Director of Regional Development, the President for two years, and the Past Presidential Adviser. She currently serves as the Co-Chair and Co-Volunteer Coordinator of the Boilermaker Regional and Co-Volunteer Coordinator of the Crossroads Regional. She joined the IndianaFIRST board as President in November of 2013.
Brett Breedlove, CPA
Manager, Audit & Assurance Services Department, Katz, Sapper & Miller
Brett Breedlove is a manager at Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Audit and Assurance Services Department. Brett’s primary responsibilities include auditing and reviewing financial statements and advising clients in accounting, reporting, compliance, and internal control matters. Brett has worked in public accounting since 2006, and has experience in several industries, including the manufacturing, dealerships, and financial services industries.
Brett graduated cum laude and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and finance from Ball State University.
Brett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Indiana CPA Society. He currently serves as treasurer for Indiana FIRST, Inc.Brett began his involvement with FIRST in high school as a member of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 45 Technokats, based out of Kokomo, Indiana. He joined the IndianaFIRST board as treasurer in December of 2013.
Applications Engineer, Bastian Automation Engineering
Collin Fultz is an Applications Engineer for Bastian Automation Engineering in Greenfield, IN. Prior to working at Bastian, he worked for FIRST Head Quarters in Manchester, NH as the FRC Kit of Parts Engineer and Team Advocate. He also worked for Rolls-Royce as a Project Engineer.
Collin earned a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 2008.
Collin began his FIRST career as a student on FRC Team 234 in 2002. He volunteered for the Boilermaker Regional and helped mentor a Purdue-sponsored rookie team (1747) while he was a student at Purdue. After graduating, he mentored his old team 234 prior to beginning work in New Hampshire.
Chair, Competition Committee
Applications, Engineer, Andy Mark Inc.
Liz Smith is an Applications Engineer for AndyMark, Inc. in Kokomo, IN. She helps with product development and customer support for robotics parts.
Liz gradutated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY with a degree in Industrial Design.
Liz started FIRST in 2004 as student on FRC team 555 in Montclair, NJ and since then she has been volunteering at FIRST events and mentoring teams. She has been a FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) since 2009. Currently, Liz is mentoring FRC team 3940, CyberTooth in Kokomo, IN.
Chair, Cross-Program Planning Committee
Technical Services Manager, Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering
Steve Florence is the manager for the Purdue Mechanical Engineering Project Machine Shop. Before joining the Purdue staff, Steve spent 40 years as a middle & high school Engineering/Technology teacher.
He has been involved with FIRST since 1999 and has experience with all program levels (Jr.FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC). Steve has organized events, workshops, and training for each of these programs and also played an integral leadership role in developing Purdue FIRST Programs. He was appointed FIRST Senior Mentor for Indiana in 2012 and became the FIRST Regional Director for Indiana in July 2012. As FIRST Regional Director, Steve works on growing all FIRST programs in Indiana as well as helping to make FIRST more visible.
Steve officially joined the board as Chair of the Outreach & Team Recruitment Committee in November of 2013, and took on the role as Chair of the Cross-Program Planning Committee in January of 2016.
Chair, Mentor Training Committee
Controls Engineer, Brugh Industrial Engineering
Logan Byers is a Controls Engineer for Brugh Industrial Engineering, an engineering firm out of Greenfield, Indiana. In 2012, he graduated with a B.S. in Electrical and Controls Engineering Technology from Purdue University - West Lafayette.
Logan began his involvement in FIRST as a high school student at West Lafayette High School with FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team 461 in 2002. After graduating high school in 2006, he continued to stay involved by volunteering as a referee and robot inspector until 2010. In 2010, Logan joined Purdue FIRST Programs (PFP) and became a mentor and drive coach for FRC team 1747, Harrison Boiler Robotics. In 2011, Logan was appointed as the team’s Director of Robotics and helped lead the PFP mentors for the team. After the 2011 season, Logan then returned to volunteering and refereeing and has been a Head Referee in the state since 2014.
In addition to volunteering, Logan has served as the electrical and programming lead for Team Indiana during the Robot in 3 Days event and has also served teams in Indiana as a de-facto, roaming programming mentor. Over the past 3 seasons, Logan has traveled throughout central Indiana to assist 11 different teams during the build season and off season with programming and controls questions.
Chair, Outreach & Team Support Committee
Quality Manager for STMicroelectronics
Carlo Nepomuceno is a Quality Manager for STMicroelectronics, a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Quality Engineering from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines.
Carlo began his involvement in FIRST as a parent and mentor of Carmel High School’s Robotics Team – The TechHOUNDS (FRC 868) in 2005. He has volunteered in several FIRST competitions over the years as robot inspector and judge. After 12 years of actively mentoring the team he had decided to retire and focus his attention on IndianaFIRST. Developing young minds is his passion and this is his driving motivation to keep on volunteering for the FIRST program.
Chair, PR & Marketing Committee
Vice President of Meyer Material Handling Products Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana
Hugh is the Vice President of Meyer Material Handling Products Inc. in Indianapolis, IN. He works with various kinds of automated storage and retrieval systems and is the network administrator for the local network. He is also responsible for several product websites and advertising programs.
Hugh graduated from Purdue in 1978 with a BS in General Business. He graduated from Southport High School in 1974.
Hugh serves as a programming and electronics mentor for team 1741 Red Alert Robotics from Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. He started with the team during the 2008 FRC season. Hugh served as vice president of IndianaFIRST prior to its reorganization in 2010.
Chair, Volunteer Committee
English Teacher, Harris Academy
Carolyn’s day job is as an English teacher at Harris Academy, the alternative high school for Brownsburg and Avon, where she teaches English 9-12, Creative Writing, and oversees the robotics club.
Carolyn has a BA in English and History from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and a Secondary Teaching Certification from Saginaw Valley State University.
Carolyn Beyer has been involved with FIRST since starting on FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 33 Killer Bees in 2003. She then went on to mentor the Killer Bees for 8 years, and remote-mentored three other District/Regional Chairman’s Award winning teams. Carolyn has served on the Competition Committee as Volunteer Coordinator for the Michigan State Championship Event, CAGE Match, the Brownsburg Precision Robotics Competition, and the Indiana FIRST State Championship. She has also been an on-field Volunteer Coordinator at the FIRST World Championship on Tesla field and on Einstein. Currently she mentors Indiana FRC teams 1024 and 4580.