Meet Our Staff

  Adrienne Rime
Events Manager


Adrienne Rime became involved with FIRST in 2007 when her daughter's high school started a robotics club.In 2010 she began coaching a FIRST Robotics Competition team where she developed a passion for working with students.In 2011, Adrienne joined the FIRST Washington staff as a part time program coordinator for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition.  She loves the way that FIRST can help shape young peoples lives in discovering a career pathway.

  Erin McCallum


Erin McCallum has spent 25 years successfully raising more than $162 million for a number of high-profile community organizations in this region and is a proven leader in both non-profit and political fund raising communities. Erin is an active volunteer with several nonprofit and community organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Western Washington and troop leader and member of Snoqualmie Valley Rotary. The mentors, coaches, and volunteers are the people who inspire her every day as they work to ignite and excite Washington youth to find their passion for STEM.

  Jacque Grimm
FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Junior Regional Supervisor

Jacque brings over 8 years of volunteer experience to FIRST Washington.  As the Team Manager for her children's hockey team she chaired the annual 2009 auction which helped to raise over $70 thousand for the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.  She also has been very involved volunteering in FIRST Robotics competitions in a variety of roles like Pit Admin; Lead Queuer; Score Keeper; Referee. 

  Kyle Thomas
Gifts Processing Coordinator

Kyle started working as a volunteer in the fieldhouse in 2015 and transitioned into a part-time position as a Gifts Processing Coordinator managing donor information and providing reports to the management team. He studied accounting at Western Washington University and enjoys hiking and basketball in his spare time.


   Maggie Pooler
 District and Community Engagement Officer, Eastern Washington

Maggie’s initial involvement with FIRST came through her son’s FLL team in 2009.  Since then, she has been a team parent and chaperone for her  children’s FRC team.  She has also volunteered her time for field set-up and tear down.  In 2016, she coached two FLL teams at the elementary  school where she taught.  She has a passion for bringing STEM opportunities to underprivileged students of all ages and looks forward to  expanding the FLL program in Eastern Washington.  


  Peggy Gray
Director of Development and Community Engagement


Peggy Gray brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and development to FIRST Washington. She has worked in healthcare, the arts and has spent the last 15 years working with youth development organizations. Peggy strives to create innovative partnerships for individuals, corporations and foundations that meet their philanthropic goals and make the biggest impact for the organization and those it serves.

  Peter Gelpi
Vice President of Programs


Peter Gelpi has spent the last 25 years as a high tech executive and entrepreneur in industries ranging from publishing to education and healthcare. Driven by curiosity and a commitment to serve, Peter has helped build companies noted for delivering valued innovations backed by unrivaled service. He has also maintained a constant commitment to providing educational opportunities to underserved children through his 20 years of service on the board of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and its Jazz Scholars program.

  Robert Steele
FIRST Senior Mentor

Robert has been involved with FIRST for over 16 years, starting out in the Midwest and moving to Washington in 2006.  He has been the Head Coach for Skunk Works Robotics for the past 11 years.  He has done volunteer work for FTC, FLL and FRC. He has been active in assisting teams across Washington in the areas of sustainability and team structure.  Away from FIRST he enjoys woodworking, gardening, fishing and Star Wars as a member of the 501st Legion.

  Terri Campbell
Business Manager


Terri brings over 15 years of business management experience to FIRST.   She has worked in a variety of industries from banking, computer consulting, public relations and local chamber of commerce.  She brings experience as a fundraiser and event manager  Terri is highly skilled in recognizing and addressing the needs for business growth and development.