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Mentors are the cornerstone of the FIRST Robotics Competition and are a huge part of the program's success. Mentors are adults that help and guide our team and its members. Some mentors are teachers, parents, university students and student alumni of our team. They help and teach us by sharing their knowledge and experience. We owe much of our success to the selfless contributions of these awesome people!
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Roger Balech is 3161's founding, and lead mentor. Roger is a Senior Physics and Math teacher at Holy Trinity High School. He obtained his undergraduate from the University of Toronto, and his Masters in Education from Niagara University. Prior to founding 3161, he was a mentor for the Oakville Trafalgar Red Devils (1334) which at the time contained many students from Holy Trinity. He is always at the front of new ideas, specifically in new community involvement ideas and opportunities, always working to further develop and evolve the team. He spends much of his time in room 311, working on all aspects of the team, from FLL, school board relations, to sponsorship. Whether or not he actually ever leaves the building is still a debated topic over team dinners.

Roger was a recipient of the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the 2012 Waterloo Regional.

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Vince Aresta is a current vice-principal at the Thomas Merton Centre for Continuing Education in Oakville, ON. He holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from McMaster University, a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.Ed. from Brock University. He has served the Holy Trinity learning community as a Department Head of Mathematics and Computer Science and as a part of the administrative team in his role as vice-principal. Vince experienced FIRST for the first time at the 2008 FRC Waterloo Regional competition after being invited by Team 1334 to attend and has been a mentor since the 2009 season (Team 1334: 2009, Team 3161: 2010-present). He supports Team 3161 by supervising students involved with the robot manufacture has been active as well in the past 3 years in organizing and providing audio-visual, programme, and scoring support for the FLL Halton Regional Competitions that have been held at Holy Trinity. He is knowledgeable in the area of engine lathe and mill operations as well as in the area of pneumatics. He is also an avid VEX robotics enthusiast.

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Daniel Giles is a former Holy Trinity High School student and a founding mentor of team 3161. Daniel is currently working towards his M.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University. He is a recent Mechatronics Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo (2013). He became involved in FIRST in 2007 with team 1334. His work experience includes programming for Mining systems, and mechanical design of Mining systems, Naval systems, and Marine Surveying equipment. He is knowledgeable in a variety of programming languages, a number of CAD programs, and basic electrical work. On team 3161, he primarily contributes to the strategy, mechanical design, and fabrication areas of the team.

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Steven Lao is a former Holy Trinity High School student and founding mentor of team 3161. Steven was previously a member of team 1334 in 2008, where he experienced a season of FRC and decided to get more involved in robotics. Steven graduated from the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo (BASc, 2013) and is currently pursing an M.A.Sc at Waterloo. His research interests include smart materials (piezoelectric and electroactive polymers), controls and robotics. Steven is also involved with the UW Robotics team and participates in the NASA Sample Return Challenge. Some of his recent work experience include Software Quality Assurance, Program Coordinator, Application Engineer and Production Engineer at various workplaces. On the team, he participates on the mechanical design and fabrication, but also advises on other aspects of the team.

Steven was a recipient of the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the 2015 Waterloo Regional.

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Andrew Azores is a former Holy Trinity student, and founding 3161 member who was a student member of our team during the 2010 season. Andrew was one of our team captains in our rookie year, was a build and programming team member and driver. He studied Computer Science at McMaster University and graduated in 2015. Andrew contributes as a programming and electrical mentor.

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Roberto DiDiodato is a senior science teacher at Holy Trinity High School. He obtained an Honours degree in Biological Science with a Minor in Biochemistry from the University of Guelph. Roberto attended the FIRST Championship i 2010 where he caught the "FIRST bug", and he has been greatly involved with the team since. He will be assisting the team through the upcoming season and will be organizing and involved with numerous fundraising events. 

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Craig Hoo is a former Holy Trinity student, and and founding 3161 member who was a student member of our team during the 2010 season. Craig was the human player, as well as a member of the build team. His main role on our team was on the electronical team. He is currently studying Mechatronics Engineering at McMaster University.

Antonia Montanari is a Business, Math and Italian teacher at Holy Trinity. She holds a B.Comm and an M.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto, a B. Ed. from Brock University, and she is also C.A., C.P.A. Mrs. Montanari is in her eighth year of teaching at HT. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked in private industry for 12 years where she was the Canadian Corporate Controller for Ciba Specialty Chemicals Canada Inc., a Swiss chemical company headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, and six years in public accounting with KPMG LLP. Mrs. Montanari has been involved with Team 3161 since 2011 teaching the business section of the interdisciplinary studies course IDC 3OR. She supports/mentors Team 3161 by providing her extensive business expertise in the compilation of the team’s business plan, sponsorship presentations, and maintenance of the team’s financial records.

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Sandra Moretta is a Senior English teacher at Holy Trinity High School. She joined team 3161 mid-way through the 2010 build season and has been getting acquainted with the FIRST community. She had traveled with the team to the 2010 FIRST Championships in Atlanta, and has been hooked since. Having a Honours Humanities degree from McMaster University, she is not overly active on the mechanical and technical side of the team but lends a hand to the organization. She plays an active role on the fundraising, business and portfolio aspects of the team.


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Esteban Puello is a former Holy Trinity Student and founding 3161 member. He participated on the the team from 2010 -2013 as a student. His main roles of the team were manufacturing and design although he was also involved in other areas of the team. He was the manufacturing sub-team captain in 2012 and 2013 and team Co-captain in 2013. Esteban is currently studying Mechanical engineering technology at Niagara College (2017) and continues to work with 3161 as a mentor.

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Michael Richardson is a former Holy Trinity student and founding mentor of team 3161. He started with FRC in 2007 on team 843 which, that year, became the first Canadian team to win the Virginia Regional. In his second year on 843 he, along with Daniel Giles, started to contact board members and got the ball rolling in what would later become team 3161. He has studied Mechanical Drafting and Design at Sheridan College. His work experience includes CNC machining, CNC and NC programming, a number of CAD programs and manufacturing fuel injectors for the Candu Reactors. On team 3161, he primarily contributes to the mechanical, design, and shop equipment instruction and safety.

Past Mentors
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Paul Fossenier started with FIRST on team 1334 in 2009. Paul is a former Holy Trinity student and founding 3161 member who was a student member of our team during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He has acted as electrical team lead, build and design team member, Driver, and Drive Coach. Paul studied Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University (2015).

Paul was a recipient of the Dean's List Finalist Award at the 2011 Waterloo Regional.

For the 2012 and 2013 seasons Paul contributed as a mentor on mechanical design, strategy and electrical.

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Melissa Lynett is a former Holy Trinity Student and was a 3161 member during the 2011 season. She was a member of the build and manufacturing teams, and acted as safety captain and pit chief at our regional competitions. Melissa studied Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo (2016).

Melissa mentored the team for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

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Alexander Ratelle is a former Holy Trinity student and founding 3161 member who was a student member of our team during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Alexander was on our build and design teams and has acted as a human player and drive coach. Alexander studied Electrical Engineering at McMaster University (2015).

Alexander mentored the team for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.