Planning Committee Members
Gavin serves as Affiliate Partner Representative for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) – Jamaica. In this role he is responsible for the execution of the FTC Programme which culminates in an annual National Championship where students come together and compete in the largest Robotics Tournament in the Caribbean.
In addition to FTC, he also serves as Local Programme Manager for The FIRST Global Challenge (FGC) which brings high school students together from around the world to participate in a truly International tournament which moves annually.
For Gavin, technology has always been a passion and after seeing how much being a part of something like robotics can change the trajectory of a young person’s life, he knew that he had to do everything possible to ensure other students had the same opportunity he did.
His involvement in robotics began in 2009 when he joined the newly minted robotics team at Jamaica College. Subsequent to that he has competed at various levels of the program, then transitioned to team coach after graduating. Then naturally got involved in volunteering (primarily as a Judge). That, however, wasn’t quite enough and his passion for robotics compelled him to get involved in bringing FTC to Jamaica in a format that would broaden participation. He is considered a trainer of trainers since he now works closely with the mentors, teachers and other programme delivery partners locally.
Gavin is an IT Security Professional who has worked with the leading local Managed Services Provider (MSP) and currently works with a US based Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP). He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s National Youth Award for Excellence – International Achievement (2014) after representing Jamaica on multiple occasions and in multiple countries.
Dr. Ricardo Anderson is a robotics enthusiast who has mentored FTC Teams since 2009, having mentored a team to winning the Inspire Award in NYC in 2012, and subsequently winning a Judges award at the World Championships in the same year. Dr. Anderson is a computer scientist who currently lectures computing courses at the University of the West Indies. He has served as co-tournament director for the FIRST Tech Challenge Jamaica Championship since inception in 2019 and continues to assist in building capacity of schools to introduce robotics programmes.
Shevon has been interested in robotics ever since discovering her passion for Technology. She loves cooking, baking, teaching, writing and dancing. In the year 2018 she was appointed as the Volunteer Coordinator for FTC Jamaica and assisted in hosting the first FTC Jamaica Robotics Competition in May 2019.
As an alumnus of the Original Gold Griffins, Alex brings tremendous robotics experience to the Planning Committee. He enjoys using his skills and experiences to contribute to the exciting technological world of FIRST® Robotics. He pursued a bachelor’s degree in Architecture at University of Technology’s, Caribbean School of Architecture, and currently practices design as an Architectural Associate at DDnA Architects Ltd.
Colin is a highly competent, solutions-focused, personable and versatile Information Technology Professional.
Colin is a Robotics Coach since January 2018 to present, he coaches robotics teams in the First Tech Challenge Jamaica Robotics Competition, Red Spring Robotics Competition and SeaPerch. Colin sat on the First Tech Challenge Jamaica Planning Committee as a school representative and currently sits on the committee as the Social Media and Website Coordinator.
Colin likes to give back his time in volunteering at robotics competition locally and overseas. In 2019 and 2020 Colin volunteered at the First Teach Challenge Robotics Competition (World Championship) in Houston Texas and the First Tech Challenge Jamaica as a Queuer respectively.
Antonio is a mentor to the JC Robotics team and the programming technical advisor for the 2020/21 season. He is a proud FTC alum with over 5 years of experience coaching and mentoring teams. A Software Engineer by profession, and is currently the technical lead at Artuvic IT Solutions.
Mary-Ann is currently the Domestic Field Operations Manager for FIRST HQ, residing in New York, USA. Her involvement with FIRST began in 2016, where she ran both the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge programs, serving as the Director of FIRST Programs in New York City. This is when she was first introduced to the teams from Jamaica competing in FIRST Tech Challenge events each season. She is excited to work with FTC Jamaica as they continue to enhance STEM education in the Caribbean and beyond.