Team Bios

Team Co-Captains:

Haley M. 
Haley is a senior at Duluth East and spent two years on Team Management before becoming Co-Captain. Outside of Robotics, she enjoys Tap-Dancing, Piano lessons ,and also worked at Essentia Health. She is taking PSEO Courses toward getting her CNA and hopefully Phlebotomy Certificates.

Olivia N.
Olivia is a senior at Duluth East, and this is her third year on the team. Olivia joined for her love of engineering and science. She found out about the team when her fourth grade class went up to Enger Tower for a field trip, and the Daredevils were their showing off their robot. Ever since she wanted to be on the team. Her hobbies are listening to music, biking, and playing her clarinet.

Build Department:

Marcus G.
Marcus is a junior at Duluth East High School, and this is his third year on the team. He has been doing robotics previously for three years and was wanting to advance to the next level. In his free time he enjoy swimming and playing various video games.

Spencer O.
Spencer Olsen is a junior at East High School, and this is third year on the team. He likes to mountain bike and game in his free time.

Kylene S.
Kylene is a sophomore at Duluth East High, and this is her second year on the team. In her free time she plays soccer and competes in track and field.

Kale E.
Kale is a sophomore at East High school. He has been in FLL and FTC. In his free time he likes to bike and swim.

Koben H.
Koben is a junior at East High School. This is his second year on the team, and he really likes it. In his free time, he likes to play video games and work in his shop.

Qasim M.
Qasim is a freshman at East, and this is his first year on the team. He joined because of an interest in STEM from a young age. In his free time, he likes to talk with big gestures and take Annalise’s pizza.

Daniel N.
Daniel is a freshman at east and this is his first year on the team. He loves the show “The Office.” In his free time, he likes to read books and watch The Office. He likes to talk about books and The Office. He also enjoys eating breakfast while he watches The Office.

CAD Department:

Kale N.
Kale is a senior in his third year of being on the CAD department. He joined the team because he thought it would give him good experience for what he wants to do for his future career. He is planning on going to Itasca Community College and getting his associates degree in mechanical engineering, and then transfer credits to a four year collage to finish his bachelors degree.

Jacob R.
Jacob Reed is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He was introduced to CAD in the 8th grade. Jacob joined the team because he was interested in robotics and wanted to further his CAD experience. During his free time he enjoys fishing, messing with Legos, and gaming when he can.

Tong W.
Tong is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He joined this team because he was very interested in CAD and wanted to join a group where he could hone his skills and help others. He also really enjoys playing piano, and that’s basically it.

Anders S-B.
Anders is a junior that joined the team this year and is part of the CAD department. He joined the team because he thought his skills should be put to good use. He plans on going to LSC for his generals — from there, the sky’s the limit.

Sean H.
Sean is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his 1st year on the team. He joined the team because of his interest in STEM. In his free time he likes to make bowling balls and play saxophone.

Electronics Department:

Elliot J.
Elliot is a junior at Duluth East, and this is his third year on the team. He joined to gain experience in the field of robotics and to meet new people. In his free time, Elliot likes to read, play video games, and be outdoors.

Simon O. 
Simon is a sophomore at East, and did FTC in 8th grade. In his free time he likes to play video games and bike.

Sunna M. 
Sunna is a junior at Duluth East, and this is her third year on the team. She joined the team because she was excited for the opportunities that the team offered. In her spare time, she does karate and tutors kids.

Elsa M.
Elsa is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is her first year on the team. She joined the team because she wanted to put her love of math and science to use. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, playing her clarinet, participating in Knowledge Bowl, and downhill skiing.

Graham S.
Graham is a freshman at Duluth East High School, and this is his first year on the team. He joined the team because he wanted to gain more experiences that he could use in later points of his life. In his free time, he enjoys to “get that bread.”

Team Management Department:

Anna K.
Anna is a Junior at Duluth East, and this is her third year on the team. She first became interested in the team after her aunt brought her to several competitions, and she got to meet the team. Some of her hobbies include taking long walks, baking and spending time with family and friends.

Riley M.
Riley is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this will be her second year on the team. She did FLL robotics in 6th-8th grade, as well as FTC in 8th grade. She learned about the Daredevils through her two older brothers. In her free time she likes to ski, paint, hike, watch Netflix, and snitch off the team Spotify – doing all with her 7 pet bees.

Jennifer P.
Jennifer is a sophomore at East High School. She joined because of her older sibling who were previously on the team, and joined them at competitions and events. In her free time she likes to play with her dogs, finish school projects at the last possible second, and hang out with her friends and family.

Cooper W.
Cooper is a senior at Duluth East and this is his 4th year on the team. He found out about the team from other students at East. When he is not at robotics, he is camping, listening to music, and watching YouTube.

Colleen M.
Colleen is a freshman on Team Management. She is very exited to be on the team this year and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and drawing.

Madison W-G.
Madison is a freshman at East. She likes math, singing, and writing. She is a great team member and a kind soul.

Media Department:

Lucas F.
Lucas is a junior at Duluth East, and this will be his third year on the team. He got involved in robotics in 6th grade, did FLL in 6th and 7th grade, and then did FTC in 8th grade. He heard about the Daredevils by going to the regional tournament at the DECC. In his free time he likes to mountain bike, snow bike, and ski.

Kyana H.
Kya is a junior at Duluth East. She found out about the team at the Rhubarb Festival when the team brought two of their robots to the event. In her free time she likes to doodle and listen to podcasts.

Hamza R. 
Hamza is a junior at East, and this will be his second year on the team. He was involved with FTC way back in the 8th grade. In his free time, he likes to play tennis and play piano. He also loves playing french horn and creating, transcribing, and arranging music for himself and his friends.

Jo J.
Jo is a senior, and this is her fourth year on the team. She found out about the team when her older brother made the team and it seemed like a really fun time. When she isn’t doing robotics things, she is either at home sleeping, or hanging in the woods.

Annalise B.
Annalise is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is her first year on the Daredevils. She heard about the team through friends and was immediately interested. In her free time she enjoys being witty and sarcastic, as well as T-Posing.

Adam K.
Adam is a junior at Duluth East and this is his first year on the team. He joined robotics because he wanted to gain experience in the fields he is interested in, and learn new skills. In his free time he likes to make videos and play video games.

Harley W.
Harley is a freshman at Duluth East High school, and this is her first year on the team. She found out about the team at orientation and has become interested ever since. She has become astounding friends with all of the members. On her free time she likes to sing, do plays, musicals, and watch movies. Harley also has a minor Netflix addiction and is not sorry about it.

Programming Department:

Jared M.
Jared is a senior at Duluth East, and this is his third year on the team. He joined because he had friends on the team who recommended it to him. In his spare time he enjoys reading, programming, breathing, drifting, hanging with friends, and playing with knives.

Harper W. 
Harper.

Toby K.
Toby is a freshman at Duluth East, and this is his first year on the team. He joined because he loves robotics and has been doing it for 6 years. In his spare time he enjoys eating, video games, breathing, programming, and hanging out with friends.

Ike S.
Ike is freshman at Duluth East high school. On his free time he likes programming and video games.

Strategy Department:

Linnea F.
Linnea is a senior at East. She joined the team after her brother was on the team for four years. In her free time she does a lot of reading.

Julia B.
Julia is a senior at Duluth East, and this is her fourth year on the team. Julia joined the team due to her enjoyment of STEM and FIRST principles. Julia heard about the team through her brother and it seemed interesting. In her free time, Julia is on the Duluth East Girls Swim Team, Youth in Government through the YMCA, and spends every other waking moment reading, listening to music, or baking and cooking interesting cuisine.

Teagan F.
Teagan is a sophomore at East, and this is her second year on the team. In her free time she likes to be outside.

Haakon P.
Haakon is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He got into robotics by doing FLL in middle school. After learning about the Daredevils, he decided to keep doing robotics and join the team. For fun, Haakon likes to participate in Knowledge Bowl, play games, read, and fence.

Kobi J.
Kobi is a sophomore on the team as well as at East. His hobbies include programming useless things to waste time, researching obscure areas of math and physics, watching Netflix alone, clinging to dead memes, and getting depressed after thinking about life for too long.

Alex R.

alexは新入生の農民です。これはチームの最初の1年です。彼女はアニメとサクソフォンを楽しんでいる。

Team Mentors

Lead Mentor:

Tim Velner
Tim Velner’s passion is biology. If he were a teen today, he’s certain he would be a genetic engineer. He has always wanted to coach and for years saw himself as a cross-country ski coach – until robotics entered his life 10 years ago. As a eighth year coach, he is constantly amazed at what our team accomplishes year after year. It is fun to watch the team grow even as it loses seasoned members to graduation and recruits new members every year. It is a reminder that we live on the shoulders of those that came before us.
He grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, and found Duluth on a band trip during his sophomore year. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received a degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Education. He fell in love with Duluth and decided to make this his home. He’s amazed that it is not always the big decisions that determines the path we take, but often times it is the added influence of our daily choices that guides our paths.
For our team members, deciding to become a part of this team will have impacts that will bear fruit many years and decades into the future. He loves the annual build but more than that, he loves to see the dreams of the Daredevils unfold.

Build Department Mentors:

Lance Johnson
Lance is a Build Department Mentor and joined the team in 2012. He works at the 148th Fighter Wing as a.n Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor directing maintenance on F-16 block 50 aircraft. He has had an Airframe and Powerplant license since 1998. He brings 32 years of aircraft maintenance and modification experience to the team. He became involved when his son joined in 2011. In his free time he likes flying model rockets, remote-controlled airplanes, camping, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.

Wayne Lundquist
This will be Wayne’s fifth year of serving as a mentor on the Duluth East Daredevils Build Team.  Wayne is retired with 20 years of Federal Service for the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, where he was a Safety Inspector and a Conference and Litigation Officer.  Wayne also spent several years working for the Archer Brothers Race Team.  The love for turning wrenches and fabricating has been in Wayne’s blood forever.  It’s great that he can share his skills and knowledge with a younger generation.  When Wayne is not mentoring, he can be found in his garage working on his 85 Corvette or lending a helping hand wherever it is needed.

Electronics Department Mentors:

Gary Harma
Gary Harma currently works for CenturyLink as a Communications Specialist, and is a Mentor on the Build Department; working primarily on electronics. After watching the team during the two years his daughter participated, he got involved as a Mentor in 2014 when his son became a member of the team and there was a need for an electronics mentor. Outside of robotics, Gary enjoys being outdoors boating and snowmobiling, listening to music as well as playing music on drums. He also enjoys fixing anything mechanical or electronic that has broken.

Management Department Mentors:

Karol Lundquist
The 2017-2018 school year will be Karol’s fifth year serving as a mentor on Team Management for the Duluth East Daredevils.  Karol is retired from the U.S. Forest Service where she served as the Budget and Finance Officer for the Superior National Forest. Mentoring has filled her days and provided a great way to pay it forward.  When she is not attending Daredevil events, she spends lots of time spoiling her grandchildren. Her hobbies include working in her flower gardens and taking long walks in the woods. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve as a mentor. 

Media Department Mentors:

Lisa Harma

Lisa is in her third year of mentoring for the Media department. She became interested in robotics and a fan of FIRST when her daughter joined the team in 2011.  Her son Luke was also on the team from 2014 – 2016.    Lisa enjoys utilizing her communications and journalism college education to help out the team. When she isn’t working with the Daredevils, Lisa works full time as a Wealth Management Trust Adviser for U.S. Bank NA.  In her spare time she enjoys scrap-booking, reading, cross country skiing, and the beach!

Programming Department Mentors:

Kris Nelson
Kris is a Software Engineer at Saturn Systems and this is his fourth year as a Mentor for the Daredevils. He was introduced to the team when they were presenting during Nerd Nite, and shortly after became the Programming Department Mentor. He also enjoys reading, hiking, fencing, and making books by hand. His favorite part of FIRST is helping students learn and seeing them reach new heights.