FIRST Chesapeake is a District Model Competition designation created through a partnership between US FIRST, headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, and VirginiaFIRST, an independent 501(c)(3) located in Mechanicsville VA to operate the FIRST Robotics Competition across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  VirginiaFIRST is the partner responsible for program operation, strategy, finance, fundraising, governance, and administration of the FIRST Robotics Competition across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and for the operation of the FIRST Tech Challenge in Virginia.

Name Title Email Address Phone
Leighann Scott Boland Executive Director (804) 514-7712
Samantha Ellis Operations/ Communications Manager (804) 572-8454
Katarina Spears Development Director (804) 754-6503
Glen Davis Logistics Manager (804) 928-3506
Ron Therrien Director of Programs (443) 996-7000
Sarah Gagnon Assistant Director Volunteer and Community Engagement (804) 380-5165
Jenny Beatty Event Volunteer Recruitment Manager for Maryland  
Anne Shade FIRST Robotics Competition Championship Event Manager (443) 567-0361
Matthew Glennon Technology Manager  
Phyllis Tyndall Accounts/Office Manager  
Angie Fontanilla FIRST Senior Mentor - Greater DC Area  
Prasad Karunakaran FIRST Senior Mentor- Maryland  
John Luvera FIRST Senior Mentor- Virginia  
Michael Olex Team Sustainability Manager RPS  
Gabe Odachowski Productions Manager  

Main Office Phone:  (804) 572-8454

Tax Identification Number 20-8081778


I have a question about: Please contact:
FIRST Chesapeake Board, Policies and Administration Leighann Scott Boland
Fundraising or Donations Katarina Spears
Corporate Sponsorships Katarina Spears
FTC or FRC Programs, Events, or Team Support Ron Therrien
FTC or FRC Individual or Corporate Civic Engagement Sarah Gagnon
FTC or FRC Volunteer Management Sarah Gagnon
Invoices, Billing, Accounts Receivable, Team Disbursements Phyllis Tyndall
Social Media, Newsletter, Website Samantha Ellis
Shipments and Logistics for FTC or FRC Events Glen Davis

FTC and FRC team grants, FIRST Senior Mentors, NextUp RVA after school programs, and all other questions

Leighann Scott Boland



Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates