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Coach Lisa Savage

Coach Lisa Savage has been involved with FIRST for 17 years (3 of those as a student on the team, 9 of those as the lead mentor for 2 other teams, and 5 of those as the lead mentor for our team). She is currently a mechanical engineer at Sundberg-Ferar as a consultant working on a variety of different products. Coach Lisa was part of the first co-ed Mech Warriors team.

Mr. Eric Savage

Mr. Savage is the owner of Savage Automation Services. He was a student on an FRC team for 4 years in high school, and has mentored FRC teams since 2009. He mentors all aspects of the robot build as well as teaching us how to program. He works on food prep automation equipment at his job and he designed a ride at Disney World in Animal Kingdom.

 

Mr. Ben Antinossi

Ben Antinossi is one of our mentors who got involved and never left when his son, Marc, became heavily involved as a student in the program. Ben has been mentoring the Mech Warriors full time since 2010 and has been an asset in the manufacturing camp of our program. He is currently retired from General Motors where he worked in Skilled Trades. Ben is also a reserve police officer for the city of Dearborn Heights and has a builder's license.

Mr. Marc Antinossi

Marc Antinossi was a student on FRC Team 573 from 2007-2011. He stayed involved with FIRST by volunteering at multiple district events as a referee while attending Michigan Technological University. 2016 marks his first year with the team as a mentor where Marc assists with appendage design and robot manufacturing. Marc currently works at Ford Motor Company as a color harmony analyst for Ford performance.

 

Mr. Robert Schwabel

Mr. Schwabel is another parent who became a mentor when his daughter, Laura Schwabel '12, was on the team. He started with us as a mentor in 2011 and has never been able to get away. We need him too much to help with our electrical board and programming! He recently retired from General Motors where he worked as an electrical engineer. 

Mrs. Amanda McGrath

Mrs. Amanda McGrath is our business mentor. This is her second season with the MechWarriors, but part of FIRST for 4 years. The MechWarriors, led by Lisa Savage and Eric Savage, are mentors for the FTC team 9028, where Mrs. McGrath's two sons participated. She helps our business sub team with planning, essays, sponsors, videos, recruiting events, and anything in between.

 

Mr. Jeff Weitzel

Mr. Jeff Weitzel was a new mentor on our team for the 2018 FRC season. He worked with our mechanical appendage sub team throughout the season helping with design, CAD, manufacturing and testing of our appendages. He is recently retired from the Ford Motor Company.

Mrs. Konee Rofick

Mrs. Konee Rofick is one of our business and electrical mentors. This is her first year with the team.  She got involved after her son's participation last year. Mrs. Rofick is an Electrical Systems Cost Engineer with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Mr. Dan Foresi

Mr. Dan Foresi is a new mentor on our team for the 2019 FRC season. He is an engine calibration engineer at Ford where he gets to test drive vehicles all around the world.  He works with our mechanical drivetrain subteam helping with robot design, CAD, manufacturing, and testing.

Mr. Joseph Plomin

Mr. Joseph Plomin is a new mentor on our team for the 2019 FRC season. He joined the team as a student during 2009-2012. He works as a diesel mechanic. He is a mentor for our mechanical teams and helps with machining and building.