Planning Committees

New York City FIRST is a Volunteer-driven Organization

Each year over 1,000 wonderfully dedicated individuals give of their time, energy, and creativity to make FIRST® possible in New York City.

FIRST® activities in the metro region are planned and executed through the efforts of planning committees made up of volunteers from all walks of life.

Below is a list of our planning committee chairpersons for 2016-2017:

New York City FIRST® Robotics Competition Planning Committee

  • Cherrie Fleisher-Strauss
  • Kemi Oluwanifise

New York City FIRST® Tech Challenge Planning Committee

  • Charlie Forster

New York City FIRST® LEGO® League Planning Committee

  • Mark Sharfshteyn
  • Peter Xanthus

New York City FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Planning Committee

  • Elizabeth Vilchis






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