FIRST Chesapeake/VirginiaFIRST is a 20+ year-old independent 501(c)(3) organization located in Richmond, Virginia. Working in collaboration with the international organization, FIRSTFIRST Chesapeake is the official FIRST Partner Organization (FPO) for FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Name Title Email Address Phone
Leighann Scott Boland President (804) 514-7712
Samantha Ellis Operations/ Communications Manager (804) 572-8454
Glen Davis Logistics Manager (804) 928-3506
Debbie Friedman Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement (757) 377-1829
Matthew Glennon Technology Manager  
Phyllis Tyndall Accounts/Office Manager  
Angie Fontanilla FIRST Senior Mentor- Virginia  
Tom Milnes FIRST Senior Mentor- Maryland  
Prasad Karunakaran Team Liaison and Community Engagement Coordinator  
Tim Farmer RISE Up Mentor Manager for SWVA  

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 Leighann Scott Boland
Corporate Sponsorships Leighann Scott Boland
FTC or FRC Programs, Events, or Team Support Leighann Scott Boland
FTC or FRC Individual or Corporate Civic Engagement Debbie Friedman
FTC or FRC Volunteer Management Debbie Friedman
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) 404-6653
after 5am for updates