Executive Board of Directors

Jason Arms

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.


Vacant – Vice President


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 and now serves as the area director for the San Antonio FIRST community. She serves as the FIRST in Texas appointee.


Jorge Perez – Board Member

Born in the Rio Grande Valley, Mr Perez is a current educator with the IDEA Public Schools in Edinburg. Mr Perez serves as the FIRST Senior Mentor on behalf of US FIRST.


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


Gustavo Perez

Trung Nguyen

Dr Miguel Gonzalez
Higher Education

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.

Important Documents

Privacy Statement (All subdomains)

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for https://firstrgv.org. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:

  1. What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  2. What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  3. The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  4. How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing
We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g. to ship an order.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information
You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a lock icon in the address bar and looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the Web page.

From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

We share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

We use an outside shipping company to ship orders, and a credit card processing company PayPal) to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes beyond filling your order.

We partner with FIRST and other specific partners to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share names, or other contact information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services. These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees / volunteers who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 956.320.9311 or via email (Contact Us Page).