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Our volunteer mentors include teachers, alumni, parents, and friends. Many have been with Team 1403 since our start in 2004.
​We would like to recognize and express our most sincere thanks to our mentors for their dedication through the years.

 T. Leicht
Mr. Timothy Leicht
Previously a mentor of Team 303 from 2000 to 2005; Advisor Team 1403 since 2006

Mr. Jeff Bernardis
Mentor of the Programming and Electrical teams since 2012
“I’m really interested in technology. .. I love the ability to spread my knowledge to the kids on the team.”

Mr. Robert W. High
Previously a mentor of Team 56 from 2000 to 2003; Mentor of the Mechanical, Electrical, Design teams since 2004
“I had two sons join robotics … when one saw the team in Montgomery, he was aghast that there was a robotics team.”

M. Leicht
Mr. Michael Leicht
Previously a mentor of Team 42 from 2008-2009 and of Team 2342 from 2009-2011; Mentor of the Mechanical, Electrical, Design teams since 2009
“I went through the natural progression of being a student to becoming a mentor.”

P. Leicht
Mrs. Patricia Leicht

Previously a mentor of Team 303 from 2000 to 2006; Mentor of the Communications, Business, Strategy teams since 2007
“Both my sons joined robotics in high school and it became their passion.”

Mr. Tim Ryan
Mentor of the Business and Strategy teams since 2005
“I started mentoring because of my children.”

 Van Liew
Mr. Brian Van Liew
Mentor of the Mechanical, Electrical, Design teams since 2008
“When my son was a freshman at Montgomery, he got involved in the robotics program. He asked me if I would like to help out … he decided it wasn’t for him … I stayed on that year for the season and liked it so much I kept coming back every year.”

Mr. Nick Tohalides
Mentor of the Design team since 2007
“I started mentoring because I enjoy the program, the people, and teaching others. “

Mr. Charlie Patel
Mentor of the Mechanical team since 2010
“My son, Shaan Patel, got interested in Robotics and I learned that my work sponsors the team through Department of Defense STEM funds if I mentor the team. It is nice to see students applying what they learn in classes to build something hands on.”

Mrs. Mary Anne Tracey-Ryan

N. Neves
Mr. Noberto Neves

 Mr. Alan Chen
Mentor of the Business team since 2013
“I started mentoring because of my daughter.”

 Mrs. Toni Neves
Mentor of Outreach since 2013
“I wanted to get involved because I saw that the kids and other mentors were about teamwork and commitment.”

 Mr. Warren Venema
Mentor of Design and Mechanical since 2015
“Cougar Robotics is the reason why I am doing mechanical engineering. I started mentoring because I wanted to help students pursue their passions in the STEM field.”

Mrs. Carla Kopp
Mentor of Communications since 2017

Mr. Erik Kopp 

Mentor of Communications since 2017