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Board Leadership

Learn more about the passionate leaders whose knowledge and experience make NE FIRST better every day:

JoHn Bugeau, Board Chair & President

John 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.

Michael Sperber, vice chair & vice president

Michael 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. 

Brian Belley, Treasurer

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

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.


Jackie is the Chief Technology Officer of Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. and a former research scientist for United Technologies. In addition to many other accolades, she was presented the 2020 Spark Award for mentorship by the Society of Women Engineers.

Frank Grossman, Board member

Frank was Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Mindreef, Inc. from its founding in 2001 until it was purchased by Progress Software 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.

DONATA MARTIN, Board member

Donata served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Mass., including the cities of Leominster, Fitchburg and Gardner, from 2009–2021, where she worked to promote intensive and extensive Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) program at their facility.

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