Who We Are: The KRA Board
Our Board of Directors is composed of longtime robotics mentors and supporters. This is a hard-working Board: the members are active in directing teams, mentoring students, raising funds, and expanding our service to the commnity. The size of the Board is somewhat flexible, and we welcome interested, committed people who would like to serve.
James Massaro, President
James Massaro, a chemical engineer and former oil company executive, is the “father of robotics” on Kauai. As the head of the science department at Island School (a secular private school on Kauai), teaching math, chemistry and robotics, he became the driving force in the establishment and growth of the Island School robotics teams. The all-island high school FIRST team, the Kaua`ibots, was born out of James’ gracious offer to allow students from any of the island’s four high schools to join what was originally Island School’s team, when budget cuts made it impossible for our public schools to raise the funds necessary to create and equip their own teams. He has been instrumental in the growth of robotics on Kauai, including the establishment of BotBall teams, several middle-school VEX teams, elementary-school FIRST Lego League teams, and summer camps and underwater ROVE workshops. James has given tirelessly of himself for anything and everything related to robotics, since first becoming involved in 2004. He has inspired many students, from all of Kauai’s schools, to embark on careers in science, technology and engineering. He is a founder of KRA, and is a Director and President.
Jim Guerber, Vice President
Jim Guerber is the founder and President of Signature Systems, which develops systems software, database products, and programming tools for personal computers, networks and the Internet; the founder and host of the Kauai Beer Co., a popular micro-brewery and restaurant in Lihue, Hawaii; and a member of the Island School Board of Directors. Jim has been a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of student robotics on Kauai from the very beginning. He's consulted on software, built and debugged robot systems, donated our first dedicated practice space, sponsored and participated in fundraising activities, and helped connect the teams with other allies and resources.
Cynthia Hannah-White, Treasurer
Cynthia Hannah-White has a varied background in theater, biochemistry, computer programming, and law. She came into robotics as the parent of a Kaua`ibots team member, and has become the team's Rules Expert and head mentor of the Scouting group. She also monitors the online forums to see what other teams have come up with in the way of techniques, strategies, tactics, and practices, information that provides a real competitive advantage. A founding member of KRA, her expertise has been invaluable in creating KRA as a 501(c)(3)non-profit, managing our finances, developing game strategies, and making hasty runs to the hardware store during tournaments.
Charlene Steuri, Manager
Charlene Steuri came to the Kaua`ibots robotics team as a parent, and for several years has managed fundraising, communications, public relations and logistics for the team (a truly herculean task) and mentored students in all of these fields. A founding member of KRA, Charlene has an extensive background in the hospitality industry, and she manages the innumerable, inevitable crises of any student organization with calm, confidence, and competence.
Kate Mink, Secretary
After 25 years as a computer programmer and software project manager, Kate "retired' to Kauai and became a high school science (primarily biology) and math teacher. During that time she developed and ran an aquaponic farm, taught summer science camps, introduced classwork on green technology, underwater robots, and engineering, and became involved with robotics as both a parent and a mentor. With Kaua`ibots she specializes in building "everything except the robot" - our driver's station, shipping crate and pit furnishings, and practice field components; and in introducing students to the safe and proper use of power tools. She is a founding member of KRA and contributes to data gathering and strategy, grant writing, and this website.
Scott Libert is a professional innovator/engineer, working on software, electronics and systems in the telecommunications, media, robotics and defense industries. Common threads in these efforts are transitioning current research into real-world products and changing how things are done for the better. He's currently Principal Software Development Engineer for Dell, and the founder of Kauai Labs, where he develops innovative products and teaches classes that support education, hobbyists, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Scott leads the Kaua`ibots Control Systems group, contributes to mechanical and electrical design, game analysis and strategy, and is a most effective instructor and mentor for our students.
Jim Cox teaches or has taught physics, physical science, marine science, and chemistry, and is the robotics coach at Kapa`a High School. Jim has a Masters in Secondary Science Education and a B.S in Geology. He has been teaching in Kapa`a public schools since 2000. He has served on various HDOE state-level committees for state science assessment, and has worked as a mentor for other science teachers through the HDOE electronic teacher-mentoring program. He taught with Future Flight Hawai`i on Kaua`i and also with the residential program on Hawai`i Island, and helped develop and pilot the culturally focused Volcanoes Alive program with U. of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and with Hawai`i Volcanoes Observatory. He has been an invited presenter at both National OELA (ELL) Conference in Washington D.C.and at the Hawai`i ESLL Teacher of the Year conference. Prior to teaching, Jim worked as a hydrogeologist and as an environmental mediator.
Paul Crowe's background is as a physics teacher, leader of Vex robotics teams, and past Scouting leader for Kaua`ibots. He is now a Vice Principal at Kauai High School.
Catherine Mitchell develops next generation hardware and software for defense radar and communication systems. She has worked for companies such as Ford/Loral Aerospace, XonTech, Northrop Grumman, SAIC/Leidos, and concurrently was an adjunct engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine for 5 years, teaching DSP Fundamentals. Most recently, she started her own company, Monster-Dogs Engineering, where she is the principal managing member and CTO. In 2011, sponsored by SAIC, Cathy became involved with robotics as a volunteer mentor, notably helping to organize the workflow for the Kaua'ibots robot building process. For the last 2 years, she has enjoyed being an invited KRA board member.
Jeff Kozak has a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and began his academic career as a professor of M&AE at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He retired from that position to become a math and science teacher(and now department head) at Island School, where he's been a major supporter and advocate for all forms of hands-on science and especially robotics.
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