Coaches

    Darrell Ross

    Assistant Coach and Technical Specialist

    At Swerve: 2013 to Present
    Team Affiliation: FTC 417
    Swerve Specialties: Assistant Coach, Programming Mentor, Webmaster, Social Media Admin
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    Bio

    Darrell is 6’8″ tall. He has a wife named Sharyn and a toddler named Edward.
    BS Computer Engineering, UC Santa Cruz, June 2002
    MS Mathematics, Humboldt State University, June 2009
    MS Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, (Finish Date June 2017)

    FIRST Participation

    Programming Mentor with FTC 7642, Block Party! (2013-2014) season.
    Programming Mentor with Swerve Robotics, Cascade Effect! (2014-2015) season.
    Programming Mentor with Swerve and Assistant Coach of FTC 417 (2015-2016) season.

    Specialties and Interests

    Power Engineering – IEEE PES Seattle Chapter Secretary (Jan 2015 – Dec 2016) and Webmaster (June 2013 – Present)
    Off grid power systems – here’s one he installed years ago.
    Software Engineer for Milsoft Utility Solutions writing software for electric power utilities to manage their electrical distribution networks.
    Darrell on LinkedIn

    Hobbies

    Gardening, building things out of wood, popup origami. I play bagpipes in the Washington Scottish Pipe Band. I also have been playing Trombone since I was 12.

        Edward Reus

        Coach and Technical Specialist

        At Swerve:
        Team Affiliation: FTC 8923
        Swerve Specialties: Assistant Coach, technical mentor and Software
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        Bio

        FIRST Participation

        Specialties and Interests

        Hobbies

            Heidi Burkett

            Coach and Mentor

            At Swerve: 2012 to present
            Team Affiliation: FTC 8923
            Swerve Specialties: Coach for Team 8923; 4-H Program Leader
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            Bio

            FIRST Participation

            FLL – coach
            FTC – mentor and coach
            FRC – non-engineering mentor and pre-season training, event judge
            FIRST sponsored LEGO Mindstorm summer camps

            Specialties and Interests

            Education and curriculum development
            Game analysis
            Scouting (data collection and analysis)
            Teaching robotics basics including design, CAD, and team building.

            Hobbies

            Travel, camping, hiking
            Puzzles – It does not matter what kind they are, I LOVE PUZZLES!
            Spending time with my family in the kitchen

                Heidi Lovett

                Executive Director and Coach of FTC 417

                At Swerve: 2006 to present
                Team Affiliation: FTC 417, FTC 6220, FTC 8923, FLL
                Swerve Specialties: Event Coordination,
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                Bio
                Heidi has been involved with FIRST since 2006 when she began coaching her sons’ FIRST LEGO League team, the Gothic Lawn Gnomes. Since then, she has also mentored/coached VEX robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. She has also served the greater FIRST community as the Senior Mentor for Washington state, supported competitions for all programs, and also run League Events for FTC teams.

                FIRST Participation
                Heidi has been involved as a coach in FLL and FTC. She has mentored for FRC and judged/reviewed for Jr.FLL and FLL. She has acted as an event volunteer in many different capacities from judging to organizing to queueing for all of the programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Australia, and even at Championships in St. Louis. Heidi also served as Washington’s first FIRST Senior Mentor.

                Specialties and Interests
                Heidi enjoys working with our students as coach and adviser as well as finding new opportunities to share the fun of FIRST with others. She loves to see our students growing and learning new skills, both technical and non-technical.

                Hobbies
                Heidi enjoys spending time with her family and her house rabbits, traveling the world, and building LEGO. She also derives great joy from volunteering and helping others in the community. Her latest “outside” charity is Destiny House Restoration Center, a transitional housing facility incorporating a holistic, measured-results, data driven treatment program entitled “H.E.A.R.T.S” (Healing, Education And Restoration Treatment for Survivors) for the healing and restoration of female victims of sex-trafficking ages 18 and over.

                    Jean Yabroff

                    Assistant Coach, Team Support Specialist, and Volunteer

                    At Swerve:
                    Team Affiliation: FTC 417
                    Swerve Specialties: Team support – specialist/ volunteer, Assistant Coach
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                    Bio

                    FIRST Participation

                    Specialties and Interests

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                        John Fraser

                        Coach and Mentor

                        At Swerve: 2012 to present
                        Team Affiliation: FTC 6220
                        Swerve Specialties: Coach, Physics, materials, mechanical design and fabrication, systems engineering, design reviews
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                        Bio

                        I am a retired physicist from a medical device industry, with startup and large company experience developing technology for and manufacturing small, high performance ultrasound transducers.

                        FIRST Participation

                        FTC coach and hardware inspector, have done FLL judging

                        Specialties and Interests

                        Design concept brainstorming, teaching fabrication techniques, team coaching.

                        Hobbies

                        Sailing

                            Linda Gorordo

                            FLL Coach (emeritus)

                            At Swerve:
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                            Swerve Specialties:
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                            FIRST Participation

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