The VirginiaFIRST Board of Directors provides governance and leadership for FIRST Chesapeake, the official FIRST Partner Organization (FPO) for FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. VirginiaFIRST provides operational, fiduciary and strategic management of FIRST Chesapeake.


Dean Roberts (Chair) – Market Analysis Executive, Rolls-Royce, North America

Bettina Garcia Welsh  (Vice Chair) – CFO, ICF International

Michael Duncan (Treasurer) – Managing Partner, Donnachaidh Associates, LLC

Lakshmi Meyyappan (Secretary) – Director of Professional Services for Commercial Accounts, Macedon Technologies

Chris Bjornson - CIO, Accenture Federal Services

Robert W. Franceschini – SVP, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Leidos

James Kresge (Past Chair) – CTO, West Creek Financial 

Doug Lawrence – Site Vice President - Surry Power Station, Dominion Energy

Latitia D. McCane – Director, The Apprentice School, Newport News Shipbuilding a Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries

Scott McKay – Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Operations and Quality (retired), Genworth Financial

Cristie Neller – VP Administrative Services, BHE GT&S

Tom Poole – SVP Digital Payments and Identity, Capital One

Brian Snodgrass – Director, Information Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Nick Serfass – Executive Director, Richmond Technology Council

Cedric Sims – Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Inclement Weather


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