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T3 Mentors

The Advisory Board

Gary Fenn

This is Gary’s 13th year mentoring T3, 2nd as team leader. His daughter had already graduated high school when he started mentoring. He has been employed by GM for over 33 years, always in the Structural Development Labs. For the last 20-ish years he has been one of the technical lead engineer. He has a Bachelor’s…

David Smith

David became involved with the team when his son, Raymon, joined. His daughter was also on the team. He is retired from General Motors, Formerly an Electrical Architect and Engineering Group Manager. On T3 he is a Chief Engineer and Adviser. He is also a FTC Mentor.

David Ritenburgh

He has been a mentor on Truck Town thunder for 6 years. Both of his Children are T3 Alumni. He is currently a Service Engineering Manager for General Motors. He is a Graduate of Ferris State University. He is an adviser for T3 and spend most of his time working with the students in the…

Adult Mentors

Patty Salter

Mark Ratliff

Mark Ratliff is the IT Manager for FEV North America. He graduated from Michigan Technological University as a Mechanical Engineer. He became involved with First in 2012 with his daughter who was a member of Truck Town Thunder. Inspired by the students on the team that year, he coached the FLL team his son was…

Brian Spencer

This is the first year with T3 for Brian, and his Daughter Christa. He is retired from General Motors. He worked at the Milford Proving Grounds where he was a test driver and auto mechanic. He graduated from Oakland Community College with a degree in skilled trades technologies.

Dawn Levers

Dawn has been on the team for 2 years now. Her daughter Olivia has also been on the team for 2 years. She works at AmRock Inc. She graduated from University of Phoenix with a Masters of Business Administrations.

Harry Levers

Harry has been on the team for 2 years now. His daughter Olivia has also been on the team for 2 years. He works for Delphi Technologies as a design engineer for ignition systems. He attended Vincennes University for mechanical design.

Jason Bobel

2019 is his 2nd year as an awards mentor for the team, his son Zack is in his 3rd year on the team.  Prior to Truck Town Thunder, he was an assistant coach for an FLL team for 5 years. He attended Michigan State University and currently works for Moosejaw Mountaineering overseeing Commerce Operations and Merchandise…

Tim Flickinger

Tim has been a mentor on T3  for 6 years now, although he has been a mentor and/or coach with FIRST  programs for twenty years.  He has an alumni son (Matthew, who is currently in the US Marine Corps), with another son (Tommie) who aspires to join T3 next season when he is in high…

Joe Dubiel

Joe has been a mentor on T3 for 3 years now. His son Josh is a junior on the team. He is an operation manger at GM Global Propulsion System. He went to Nothwestern College for Associates in Applied Science, Central Michigan in Integrated Leadership and Psychology, and also leadership and MBA.

Katie Dubiel

This is Katie Dubiels 3rd year on the team. Her son Josh is also on the team and her daughter Katelynn was a previous student on the team. She works at Account Payable Associate and she attended Northwestern College (now known as UNOH or University of Northwestern Ohio).

Matt Eckert

Matt had never heard of FIRST Robotics until his son Ben joined the team. After he joined, Matt got involved and was inspired by the wide range of valuable skills the students were being exposed to.

College Mentors

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