It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you Tara Bowen-Biggs, our Oregon FIRST Senior Mentor.
You will love her energy and passion for FIRST. Tara’s role is to support teams across all 4 programs, JrFLL, FLL, FTC and FRC for 10 hours a week, so you can imagine how fast her time will go. She will be at FIRST HQ in New Hampshire next week for training. This past month, she has been working with the ORTOP staff and myself to set up communications to teams that will connect the programs into a nice pipeline as well as support the crazy world of FLL and FTC as they register teams for the 2011 season. You will have the chance to meet Tara at the FIRSTFare at Catlin Gabel on October 15 as her time up until that point will be spent supporting ORTOP during their busy season.
Tara has been a communications professional for local government for 6 years as well as a preschool teacher and parent of teenagers. All of these experiences have taught her how important it is to be clear, supportive and enthusiastic. She has been involved with FIRST Robotics as a coach and volunteer for FLL, FTC and FRC teams and events, as well as coordinator for Benson Polytechnic High School’s robotics club.
As a “govie” she has been involved in community building and economic development as will as projects encouraging youth to become involved in their local communities. She helped develop and implement Multnomah County, Oregon’s social media policy and programs and has received recognition for innovative communications strategies utilizing Facebook, Twitter and video. She loves the challenge of breaking down complicated issues and programs and explaining them in interesting and engaging ways. She is committed to encouraging all young people to pursue their interests with passion and zeal. She is also committed to introducing business, education and community leaders to these motivated youth.
Tara can be reached via email using the form below.
Please give her a warm welcome to the FIRST family!