FIRST Chesapeake is excited to announce the hire of Brian Walinski as the new FRC Program Director-West. Brian has an extensive history with FRC and FIRST and has served as the Assistant Coach with Team 1086 in Richmond, Virginia. Brian has a background in engineering and entrepreneurship and it excited to be teaming with our FRC Program Director-East, Denise Lewis, to provide exceptional support to teams as they prepare for FIRST Chesapeake's 2nd District Model Season. Brian starts his new role on September 1st and can be contacted at .

FIRST Chesapeake is also pleased to announce the hire of Jessie "JT" Hughes as a Virginia VISTA, to work primarily in the Richmond, VA public schools. JT is a FRC FIRST Robotics Alumni, and in her experience has also mentored FTC and FLL teams. Having come from a self- formed homeschool team, JT has a passion for establishing programs, and nurturing them toward success. It is her goal to pass on the leadership, team building, and resource networking skills that she learned in her high school FIRST experience to inspire future generations.  JT started on August 8th can be contacted at .