The Panel of Judges at the Midwest Regional Competition evaluates the teams and presents FIRST Awards for design, technology, sportsmanship, gracious professionalism, commitment to FIRST, etc.  Thank you to our wonderful Judges.


Judge Advisor

Gary Scalzitti
Happily Retired
Grainger, Inc & Elmhurst University



Kristin Brown

Sr. Director, Planning and Operations, Abbott Laboratories


Kailtyn Brown

Student, Lake Forest College


Julie Garnache

Education Facilitator, Fermilab


Roy Gedeborg

Director, IT Services, Quantitative Risk Management


Janet Holmgren

Specialist, Applied Sciences, BP Corporation North America, Inc


Jeff Holmgren

President, Otter Creek Environmental Services, LLC

Aleisha Jaeger

Director, Project Engineering, Kerry Inc


Mateus de Camargo Jonas

Systems Design Engineering Team Leader, ATS Life Sciences Chicago


Sean Keighron

Board Member, Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation


Steve Kosanovich

Chief Engineer, Leidos, Inc.


Bruce Mahrenholz

Happily Retired, UL LLC


Louis McHugh

Director, Cybersecurity, Illinois Institute of Technology


Joe Marks

Happily Retired, Abbott Laboratories


Jake Miner

Electrical Engineer, KDM Engineering, LLC


Jim Nicholas

Staff Therapist, Midwest Counseling and Diagnostics


Dr. Karina Powell

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neurosciences Institute, Ascension Alexian Brothers Medical Center


Starr Prochnow

Robotics Mom


Dottie Skierkiewicz

Happily Retired


Gerry Smith

Director - Retired, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago


Matthew Spenko

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology


Mark Tomlison

Retired - CEO, Society of Manufacturing Engineeers


Wayne Vilchuck

Plant Quality Engineer, Hydac Hyraulics


Alex Waterman

Production Engineer, My Green Mattress


Steve Waterman

Senior Professor - Retired, DeVry University



Ruby Medin


Andrew Thomspon

Facilities Services, Township High School District 214

2024 Midwest Regional Judge Panel

The judges for the 2024 Midwest Regional have the difficult job of determining which teams are the best fit for each of the FIRST® Robotics Competition Awards. We're thankful for the expertise and experience these judges bring to the table as they make these decisions. With the incredible skills, stories, accomplishments, and Gracious Professionalism that all of the teams attending the Midwest Regional demonstrate, our judges have their work cut out for them!

Judge Advisor

Gary Scalzitti
Happily Retired, Grainger & Elmhurst University