Executive Board of Directors
Jason Arms – President / CEO
Co-founder and primary officer for FIRST RGV, INC that was created in October, 2015 to support the operations of FIRST in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr Arms has a background in public safety, emergency management, information technology and serves as a contractor in cybersecurity.
Randy Ashley – Vice President
Mr. Ashley has a background in Aerospace, Electronics, and Agriculture, having a Private Pilots license, Level 3 Rocketry Certification, and Extra Class Amateur Radio license and is currently managing a Public Safety Radio system serving thousands of public safety professionals. Mr Ashley enjoys being active as a hobbyist in multiple STEM programs.
Nancy Cuellar – Board Member
Yolanda Woods – Board Member
Born in San Benito, Texas in 1956, Ms Woods attended Brownsville ISD. Ms Woods became an educator in 1988 and served as a local Paramedic. Ms Woods is notably known for starting the UTSA Student Newspaper. Ms Woods has over 8 years of experience in FIRST as a coach and mentor. Ms Woods spent several years as an AmeriCorp VISTA assigned to service in the FIRST mission.
Jorge Perez – Board Member
Born in the Rio Grande Valley, Mr Perez has spent time on a FIRST Robotics Competition team (Valley View ISD) and then became a team coach. Mr Perez is now a Mechanical Engineer and is an educator at IDEA Public Schools and has been appointed as the FIRST Senior Mentor for FIRST for the Rio Grande Valley.
Katherine Zeigler – Treasurer
Has been serving as Treasurer since the founding of the non-profit in October, 2015. Ms Zeigler is a career property developer with a financial background in banking / lending and has served on many non-profit / associations in the Rio Grande Valley.
Retired co-founders: Veronica Baca and Juan Carlos Suarez // We appreciate your service.
Other Retired: Milly Hernandez
Executive Advisory Board
FIRST RGV, INC enjoys the benefit of having a very active advisory board made up of members from various industries operating in the Rio Grande Valley. These are non-voting members.
Diana A. Peña
UTRGV – IEEE
Dr Esmeralda Adame
Dr Carlos Margo
Dr Arturo Cavazos
FIRST RGV, INC. is an educational non-profit working in four of the poorest counties of Texas and prioritizing the inclusion of students that are underserved. FIRST RGV is the local partner representative for FIRST robotics and promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through the use of their program; which has inspired millions of students from around the world.
FIRST RGV, INC. was founded in October, 2015 and has seen significant growth in its programs year over year and is projected to become the fastest growing STEM organization in the Rio Grande Valley.
In 2017 – 2018, FIRST RGV, INC. served over 3,800 students in a six month program at various grade levels.
in 2018 – 2019, FIRST RGV, INC. served over 4,100 students in a six month program at various grade levels.
Planning Committee / Program Coordinators
Alumni – President