Meet our fabulous mentors! They teach and guide us throughout the build season and our lives.

David Boyd is currently a senior engineer at Stantec Consulting. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from UW Madison. He has been involved with CORE for six years now, his primary focus is with the Field and Mechanical subteams. He loves playing with robots in his spare time as well as at CORE.


Paul Burrie is a manager and senior programmer at iNet Web. He earned a BS in Computer Science from UW-Milwaukee after being a student on the team for all four years of high school. This is his first year as a mentor, where he helps with the Programming subteam. In his free time, he enjoys working with computers, mountain biking, and solving Rubik’s cubes.


Kevin Carroll is currently a Logistics Leader at GE Healthcare. He has a communications degree from UW Whitewater. This is his first year helping at CORE, mostly working with the Business subteam. He’s too invested in CORE to have any hobbies.


Lillian Cheesman is a partner at Summit Law Office, and has a graduated from Madison with a BS in Anthropology and Political Science. This is her first year with CORE and works mostly with the Media and Business subteams. She enjoys fundraising, Texas hold’em, playing Skyrim and Ark, cooking, knitting, crochet, yoga, triathlons, and political activism.


Wendy Copeland is the owner of the photography and marketing business, Golden Hour Portraits. She graduated from Carroll University with a BS in Education, as well as one in Communication. This is her eighth year with CORE, primarily working with the Business and Media subteams. In her free time, she enjoys Ham Radio operation and photography.


Hubert Davis is currently a pricing manager at Quad Graphics. He holds a BS in graphic arts communication from Indiana State University. He has helped CORE for three years, primarily with the Business subteam and finance. While not doing other things, he enjoys home repair and yard work.


Jill Davis is currently a special education teacher at Waukesha North High School. She holds a BS in Speech Communication from Indiana State University and a MS in Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership from Miami University in Ohio. She has been with CORE for three years, helping with the Business subteam. In her spare time, she enjoys making jewelry, photography, reading, traveling, and counted cross stitching.


Brian Dickinson is a OEM parts engineer at Toshiba America Energy Services. He holds an AA in Liberal Arts at Leeward Community College and a BSME at American Art and Science University. He has helped CORE for six years now, primarily working with the Mechanical subteam. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar.


Curtis Doane is a principal controls engineer. He attended Kettering University. He has helped CORE for 10 years now, mostly helping with the Controls subteam. In his free time, he enjoys programming, woodworking and general tinkering.


Douglas DuFoe-Guiles is a technical support specialist at JDA software. He earned a degree of life from the School of Hard Knocks. This is his first year mentoring for CORE and he helps out with the Controls, Design, Mechanical, Media and Field subteams. He enjoys learning about things he knows nothing about and trying to make a living from them.


Brian Farrell is an IT leader at Rockwell Automation. He earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from UW Milwaukee. He has been a Mentor with CORE for 8 years now, and he is the team’s lead mentor. In his free time, he likes spending time with his family, being outdoors, and working with computers.


Nancy Farrell is a System Engineer for Magnetic Resonance. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and MS EECS from Marquette. This is her first year Mentoring with CORE, and mostly helps the Business subteam. She enjoys spending her free time with family, and also likes teaching, music, learning, sports, and helping others.


Stephen Horn works at UDC as a GIS Technician. He got an degree for Information Systems Engineering from the University of Maine, and a MS from in Geographic Information Science from Saint Mary’s University of Maine. This is his first year as a mentor in CORE and mostly helps with the Media subteam. When not doing other things he enjoys playing golf and volunteering at FIRST events.


David Karklus is a machine repair supervisor at Urban Manufacturing. He is a degreed Industrial Maintenance Technician from WCTC. This is his second year with CORE, and he helps in Field and Mechanical. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, bowling, hunting, welding, machining, manufacturing  and fishing.


Byron Kempen is a division engineering manager at International Paper. He holds a BS from UW Stout and an MBA from Northwestern University. This is his second year helping CORE, where he assists the Design and Mechanical subteams. In his spare time, he enjoys metalworking and woodworking.


Paul McCoy is a senior test engineer at DRS Naval Power Systems. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has been a mentor for nine years, helping the most with the Field subteam. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and building models.


Steve Reske is currently a firmware engineer at Kar-Tech. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from MSOE. He has been involved with CORE for ten years now, with this being his 7th year as a mentor. As a mentor, he helps with Drive Team, Controls, and Scoutagy. In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games, flying quadcopters, and building 3D puzzles.


Robin Taylor is currently retired, and has a degree from North Herts college of technology of England. This is his 11th year as a mentor and he mostly works with the Design and Mechanical subteams. When he has free time he enjoys going to discovery world, golf, spending time with his mom, and brewing.


Lenny Wegner is a maintenance manager at Zeman Tool and Manufacturing. He is a graduate of WCTC and he has been a CORE mentor for six years, where he mentors the Mechanical subteam. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking.

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