Committee Members

The SoCal / Greater Los Angeles FIRST Tech Challenge (LAFTC) Planning Committee can be reached at for general questions and inquiries. For specific functions, the Committee is organized as follows:

  • Arabian Prince – President, Next Careers
  • Alex Fax – Treasurer, Next Careers
  • Theresa Klemme – Co-Affiliate Partner, Event Manager
  • Patrick Brophy – Co-Affiliate Partner, Event Manager, Co-Lead Volunteer Coordinator, Secretary – Next Careers  
  • Bob Meinhard – Head Regional Judge Advisor, Mentor Resources 
  • Amanda Sullivan – Kickoff Coordinator, League/Event Coordinator, Head Scorekeeper
  • Ellen McIsaac – Head Referee
  • Cindy Chung-Prestwood – Head Judge Advisor Assistant, Co-Lead Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Brian Bugert Sr – Assistant Scorekeeper
  • Eddie Shek – Engineering Outreach, Robot Tuesday Author
  • Brian Johnson & Terry Domae – Regional Lead Robot Inspectors
  • Tom Dobson – Championship Host Site Manager
  • Stacey MacPherson – Kickoff Host, F League Host
  • Erin Rehard – Administrative Assistant, Head Registration, Regional Website

Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to support you and your students throughout all your endeavors. Feel free to reach out at any time. We wish you all the best in these upcoming months and look forward to meeting you soon! 

SoCal/LA FIRST Tech Challenge Planning Committee