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Our mentors do an amazing amount of work to make sure that the team functions as a complete whole.

Dawn Lutz – Dawn received her B.A. from Hampshire College and her J.D. from the University of Denver. Dawn practiced corporate law in Denver for several years but then decided to pursue her love of technology and co-founded Technetronic Solutions, Inc., a technology consulting company, with her husband, Donald. Dawn has been involved with FIRST since 2003. She helped form and coach FIRST LEGO League teams from 2003 through 2008, founded a FIRST  Robotics Competition (FRC) team at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, and has mentored FRC Team 1410 at George Washington High School since 2005. For three years Dawn served as the FIRST Senior Mentor for Colorado, a position which involves recruiting mentors, volunteers and teams in Colorado and supporting the FIRST program. She is currently serving as the FIRST Regional Director for Colorado, the Chairperson of the Colorado FIRST Operating Committee and is has been a member of the board of Colorado FIRST since May, 2006.  Dawn manages the team and helps wherever she can.

Donald Lutz – Donald Lutz is the Principal Software Architect at Faction, Inc., a Multi-Cloud Platform as a Service company. An accomplished Solutions Architect with an enormous depth and breadth in Microsoft architecture as well as having over 25 years’ experience in designing and building large enterprise systems. Specializes in real-world cloud solutions implemented using Actors, ASP.NET Core and functional languages to build integrated, orchestrated microservices using AWS, Azure and Docker. Donald has been involved with FIRST since 2003. He helped form and coach FIRST LEGO League teams from 2003 through 2008, founded a FIRST  Robotics Competition (FRC) team at Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, and has mentored FRC Team 1410 at George Washington High School since 2005.

Craig Benjamin – Craig has B.S. in Engineering-Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a focus on Aerospace.  He has a background in satellite design and testing with a specialty in digital communications.  Currently, Craig works as an Electrical and Systems Engineer for Ball Aerospace.  Craig has been involved with Team 1410 since 2017 and helps with all aspects of the robot and team leadership.

Christine Fuentes – Chris has been a parent mentor on the team since 2015.  She is a Colorado native with a B.S in Marketing and currently works as a Marketing Coordinator.  Chris mainly helps the team with sponsorships, logistics, travel, and general organizing and cleaning around the shop.  She loves to cheer the team on and you will frequently see her wearing her light up “kraken tentacle hair” at competitions.

John Fuentes – John has been a mentor on the team since 2015, and has one student on the team as well.  He is a Denver native and is a licensed Architect.  Involvement in FRC has been a great experience for him, since the first day he walked into the Robotics shop at George Washington High School.  He loves travelling with the team to the tournaments, and one of the most exciting parts of being involved in FRC with Team 1410, was travelling to Houston for the 2017 championships and getting to meet Dean Kamen in person.

Zack Kaluza – Zack Kaluza is an alumnus of team 1410 (2011-2014 seasons), having worked as electrical team member, electrical team lead, and driver. He took a 4 year hiatus from the team to get his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at CU Boulder, and now returns as a mentor working for Xcel Energy.

Chris Gardiner – Coming Soon