Stevens Chosen to Oversee FIRST Regional Operations, Systems
FIRST News Release
MANCHESTER, N.H., December 30, 2009 - FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, announced today that Roseann Stevens has been named Vice President of Field Operations. In this role, Stevens will report directly to Paul R. Gudonis, President of FIRST, and will have principal responsibility for overseeing Regional Directors and Committees, managing Volunteer and Mentoring Resources, and organizing and promoting Regional events and Strategic Partners for FIRST programs across the country.
"Roseann really brings to FIRST the best of both worlds," said Paul R. Gudonis, FIRST President. "Not only does Roseann have more than a decade of experience as a Mentor, Judge and Judge Advisor for FIRST, she is a results-oriented leader with a demonstrated track record for building successful global sales and operational teams in industry, which is an excellent background for interfacing with the 3,000 corporations that support FIRST teams and events."
Stevens has more than 25 years of sales experience in the automotive industry, having worked for Tier-1 suppliers such as Lear, Visteon and Metaldyne. She became the first female vice president at Lear and was instrumental in leading the sales team that won the first complete interior program as well as building Visteon’s first outside sales team. Her areas of expertise include organizing global sales teams and expanding markets.
"Having been a Mentor and Judge of FIRST program provides me with a unique perspective to the position," said Stevens. "My involvement as a Volunteer enables me to concentrate on evaluating and enhancing the management structure of our regional operations and systems so that our Teams, Mentors, Volunteers, Schools and Sponsors continue to maintain and expand the excitement of the FIRST experience."
Stevens, who began her career as an executive assistant with Ford, has twice been listed on "The 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry" in 2000 and 2005. She has served as a board member for CLARCOR, Inforum, the Automotive Women’s Alliance and the Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit. Stevens earned her B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With the support of many of the world’s most well-known companies, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for high-school students, FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) for children 9-14 years old, and Junior FIRST LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for 6 to 9 year-olds.
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