About Us


llendale Robotics is a organization based out of Allendale, MI that provides quality robotics programs to students of all ages. We offer teams for students from Allendale and the surrounding areas. Our programs teach students design, programming and building, along with other valuable skills such as public speaking and marketing. We offer programs for students in grades K-12 which simulate real life situations. Our teams is mentored by volunteers, many of whom are professionals in the fields that our team prepares our students for. If you're looking for a fun after school activity, Allendale Robotics could be for you!

Our TriSonics Mentors


Aaron Dana
Build Mentor

Aaron joined the TriSonics in the 2018 FRC Season. He comes from one of our awesome sponsors, Standale Lumber. Aaron is the Lead Mentor on our Build team and is working on becoming one of our machinist mentors!


Chad Potinsky
Head Coach / Design Mentor

Chad Potinsky is the head mentor for Allendale Robotics and has been a FIRST Mentor since 2002 (starting on Holland C.H.A.O.S.- Team 74).  In 2010 he formed an FLL team and FLL Jr team in Allendale and, in 2012, he founded our FRC Team - 4003: The TriSonics.

During the day, he is an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer working for ODL in Zeeland, MI.


Dale Van Lopik
Fabrication Mentor

Dale Van Lopik is the Fabrication Mentor and has been with the FRC Team - 4003 since it’s inception in 2012.  Dale and Chad worked together on the Holland Chaos Team for a number of seasons until Chad convinced Dale to join him in the creation of the new Allendale team.  Outside of Robotics, Dale works at Miller-Knoll in Muskegon as the Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, and in his spare time enjoys sailing and camping.


Doug Diephouse
Assistant Design Mentor

Doug has been a part of the TriSonics and HexaSonics since 2017. He works at JR Automation, who has been one of our sponsors for many years. He works in pricing there, and helps out with the design subteam. He is very ready and willing to help wherever is needed.   


Justin Buist
Programming Mentor

Justin has been with the TriSonics since 2015. During the day he is a stay at home dad and part time student at GVSU. Justin spends his time with TriSonics students teaching them to program our robots, scouting applications, and data analytics tools. That should do.


Kyle Flynn
Assistant Programming Mentor

Kyle has been with the team for several years. He started mentoring in 2017 when he started college at GVSU. Kyle is also an alumni of 3618 from Petoskey and the lead FIRST Technical Advisor for the state of Michigan.
Graduating from GVSU in 2020, Kyle has spent the last few years as a software engineer in the autonomous vehicle industry. During his free time, Kyle also is the CTO for his non-profit The Orange Alliance.


Tom Zuniga
Build and Design Mentor

Tom is new to the TriSonics team this year. He is a Co-owner and Project Leader for E3, which is also one of our new sponsors this year. His background is in Architecture, Structural Engineering and Water filtration systems. Although robotics is new to him, he enjoys helping and guiding the students wherever needed.

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