Changes @ NE FIRST

Over the last nine months, NE FIRST has undergone a strategic review to determine how to best restructure the organization and create greater efficiencies. In the process, the ingenuityNE Board of Directors has had to make some difficult decisions, including the elimination of one of our three regional director positions.

For more than a decade, the FIRST community has been fortunate to experience the passion and grace Steve Cremer has exhibited both on and off the competition fields. Steve’s position as Regional Director of MA/RI unfortunately had to be eliminated in December.

We will miss Steve’s enthusiasm for all things FIRST. He was a master at gathering teams from across New England to showcase their robots and inventions at events like Providence WaterFire, CreatedBy Festival, Boston Mini Maker Faire and Boston Green Fest. He has been one of FIRST’s fiercest advocates at special events throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, proudly showcasing all aspects of our growing and evolving K-12 robotics program. Steve plans to spend more time traveling to visit family and friends across the United States and Canada with his wife who recently retired. Don’t be surprised if Steve pops up as a volunteer at an event or two!

Interim Executive Director Kim Pita ( will assume Steve’s responsibilities in the team and community outreach areas. Senior Mentor Dana Henry ( will also assist with team questions and mentor needs. Scott Heaton ( and Carol Scully ( will assist with the oversight of Massachusetts district events, along with the event committee chairs and key volunteer leads.

We have been working very closely with FIRST Headquarters in developing our strategy. This week, FIRST announced the addition of a Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, focusing on helping to grow sponsors and prospective sponsors throughout New England, as part of an expanded development team.

Together we will build tomorrow. We look forward to an amazing 2020 season!

ingenuityNE Board of Directors
Bob Sobolewski
Michael Sperber
John Bugeau