Board Leadership


John Bugeau, Board Chair & President

John Bugeau retired in June 2019 as Deputy Vice President of Engineering for the Electronic Systems Sector within BAE Systems. He joined the company in 1983 from Ingersoll-Rand where he performed application and analytical testing for industrial process equipment, both internally and in the field. John came to BAE Systems as a Mechanical Engineer and has held positions of increasing responsibility including; Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer, Director of Hardware Engineering, Director of Engineering for the Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Solutions Business Area and Vice President of Engineering for the Sensor Systems Line of Business.

In 1997, John was awarded the BAE Systems Jack L. Bowers Technical Achievement Award, the highest award for technical achievement at the time, for The Development of Aluminum Silicon Carbide for High Performance Electronic Packages. In addition, John was responsible for the FIRST Robotics and FIRST LEGO League community outreach programs.  In 2004, he received the BAE Systems Special Recognition Award, For Raising the Bar in Performance and Advancing Interest in Science & Technology in the Youth of our Communities. In 2003, he received the 2003 FIRST Robotics Outstanding Volunteer Award.  John lives in Nashua, NH, with his wife, Donna. He has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Michael Sperber, Vice Chair & Vice President

Michael Sperber most recently served as Associate Director at Collins Aerospace (a unit of Raytheon Technologies), in East Hartford, Connecticut, where he was responsible for Product Lifecycle Management systems. In his 20+ years with Collins, Michael has worked in Electrical Design, Program Management, military program customer engagement and most recently led the Global Offset office. Michael has been involved in volunteer activities since middle school, when he volunteered in the planetarium of a local science museum. He continued volunteering throughout high school and college, serving on his college’s medical emergency response team and with a nearby volunteer ambulance association. He volunteered with the Hartford Marathon foundation for nearly 10 years, overseeing park operations, and was a volunteer firefighter.

Michael has been involved with FIRST for over 20 years in various roles, including FRC team mentor, game announcer, emcee, volunteer coordinator, Regional Planning Committee Chair, and Senior Mentor. Michael was a founding member of the Connecticut FIRST Executive Advisory Board and was a founding director of ingenuityNE/NE FIRST. Michael currently coaches three FLL teams. Michael lives
in Connecticut with his wife and three kids.

Brian Belley, Treasurer

Brian is a FIRST Robotics Competition alumnus of Team 1277 from Groton, MA. He joined as a founding member of his high-school’s inaugural FIRST team back in 2003-2004, andhas been involved with FIRST – as a student, mentor, volunteer, and leader – ever since. Today, Brian is the Founder and CEO at Crowdwise, LLC and is an angel investor in over 90 early-stage startups.

Brian joined BAE Systems in 2009 as part of the Engineering Leadership Development Program. He became an active participant and leader in BAE Systems’ FIRST community and helped coordinate the company’s internal FIRST budgeting, hiring, strategy and event planning. He went on to mentor FIRST Robotics Competition teams, became Co-Chair of numerous Regional and District events in NH and served as the FIRST LEGO League Affiliate Partner for NH from 2013-2018.

In 2018, Brian departed BAE Systems for a one-year sabbatical and lived abroad in Europe, Australia, and Asia while pursuing numerous business ideas and projects. Upon his return to the U.S. in 2019, he decided to enter the world of entrepreneurship and founded his own company, Crowdwise. Crowdwise provides educational resources and tools to retail investors in the private markets. He earned a dual B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 with a minor in Economics and French, and an M.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2012. nBrian also serves on the Board of Directors for the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). He lives in Manchester, NH with his fiancée, Alyssa.

Rina Leonard, Secretary

Rina has over 25 years of Digital Technology experience with Fortune 100 companies and is currently Senior Director, Global Business Systems at Otis Elevator.  She formed and leads a new technical organization built on expanded digital capabilities, including Robotic Process Automation, platform and integration tools and Scaled Agile (SAFe) practitioners. Her background includes application development, ERP deployments, external customer and partner integrations, customer relationship management (CRM) strategy, and PLM transformation.

Rina holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University, and a master’s in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She manages a global technical team and has lived in Japan, Germany and many states in the US.  While she has traveled across many countries, she always makes her home in New England.

Frank Grossman, Board Member

Frank Grossman was Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Mindreef, Inc from its founding in 2001 until it was purchased by Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS) in 2008. Frank was also a Co-Founder of NuMega Technologies, Inc. where he was Chief Technical Officer from its founding in 1987 until its sale to Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR) in 1998.

Frank served on the board of Beaver Brook Association from 2000 – 2009 and as President of the board from 2002 – 2009. Beaver Brook is an association with 2000 acres of land with a mission to promote the understanding of interrelationships in the natural world and to encourage conservation of natural resources through education and land stewardship. Frank is also the chief instigator behind working to get FIRST Robotics into every school in New Hampshire.