Our Mentors

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4020 Would not be the team we are today without the guidance of these great mentors:

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Dave Hrivnak

Mentor since 2012

Education: BS in Industrial engineering and MBA

Occupation: Former Systems Analyst at Eastman Chemical Company

“FIRST works better than anything else I’ve seen at getting kids excited about STEM”

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Barry Rhea

Mentor since 2012

Education: BS in Electrical Engineering

Occupation: Project Manager at Eastman Chemical Company

“I participate in FIRST because it gives me an opportunity to give back to the community by inspiring young interested in STEM fields”

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Mike Paulonis

Mentor since 2013

Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Occupation: Head of Data Science at Eastman Chemical Company

“FIRST is the hardest fun I’ll ever have”

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Mert Dibble

Mentor since 2013

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering

Occupation: Former mechanical engineer at Eastman Chemical Company

“I like to tinker around“

Karen Maness

Mentor since 2018

Education: BS in Chemical Engineering

Occupation: Process engineer at Eastman Chemical Company

“I like to work with smart, motivated, young people”

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Mike Maness

Mentor since 2018

Education: BS in Chemical Engineering

Occupation: Process safety engineer at Eastman

“I like the opportunity to combine my engineering interest with helping students explore their own interests in that field within the framework of competitive challenge”

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Shannon Fischer

Mentor since 2018

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer at Eastman Chemical Company

“It’s fun to see high school students learning something I didn’t learn until I got to college”

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Corey Menzel

Mentor since 2019

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer in Vessel Design

“I enjoy helping students learn skills that will help them stand out among their peers that would hopefully lead to future educational and professional opportunities for them”

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Chris Hodge

Mentor since 2016

Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering

Occupation: Machine Design Engineer at Eastman

“I enjoy working with the students and sharing foundational career skills with them. It is very rewarding to see students engaged in STEM activities.”

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Paul Gillenwater

Mentor since 2017

Education: BS in Chemistry

Occupation: Manufacturing Management at Eastman Chemical Company

“Make a contribution on the youth of today with STEM related mentoring”

Our Teacher Sponsors

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Angela Conrad

Mentor since

Education

Occupation: Engineering teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School

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Cody Davenport

Mentor since: 2017

Education: Bachelors at University of Tennessee Knoxville; Master's in Education at Milligan College

Occupation: U.S. History and Psychology Teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School

“STEM is cool"“

Kevin Fielden

Mentor since

Education

Occupation: Philosophy and European History teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School

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