Meet the TriSonics

Our Mentors

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Chad Potinsky
Lead 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 2001 he formed an FLL team and FLL Jr team in Allendaleand, 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.

chad@allendalerobotics.com

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David Austin
Programming Mentor

David Austin started as a coach for FLL in 2008 and has been the programming mentor for our FRC team since 2012 and for FTC since 2014. Dave was also a founding member of the Trisonics.

During the day, Dave is a professional mathematician teaching courses at our local university, Grand Valley State University.

austind@gvsu.edu

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Dale Van Lopik
Fabrication Mentor

Dale Van Lopik has been with our FRC team since the creation in 2012. He works with our students in fabrication and is also the main mentor that works with the build team. Dale was also a Mentor on the Holland team with Chad for a few years and joined our team when it was founded.Outside of Robotics, Dale works at Knoll as a Manufacturing Engineer and enjoys sailing.

dale_vanlopik@knoll.com

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Morrie Cunningham
Awards / Scouting / Strategy Mentor

Morrie has always been passionate about FIRST. His journey began when he participated in the Grandville High Schools' RoboDawgs, and still coaches FLL with them. Now, as a graduate from Grand Valley State, he mentors FRC team 4003 while working in the STEM field. 

morrie@allendalerobotics.com

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Justin Buist
Assistant Programming Mentor

Justin has been with the TriSonics for a few years now. He works with our head programming mentor David Austin, and helps in teaching students the basics of Java! He is employed at Countryside Greenhouse, a local sponsor of our team. 

justin.buist@gmail.com

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Doug Diephouse
Assistant Design Mentor

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

DDiephouse@jrautomation.com

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Aaron Dana
Build Mentor

Aaron joined the TriSonics in the 2018 FRC Season. He comes from one of our awesome sponsors, Standale Lumber. He has been helping the build team this year!

aarond@standalelumber.com

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John Peden
Assistant Fabrication Mentor

John started mentoring in the FRC 2019 season. John works fixing machinery and brings along those skills to assist the Build Team. John is always happy to be a mentor, bringing donuts along for the team.

john@allendalerobotics.com

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Mindy Heyboer
Promotions Mentor

Mindy isn't new to the Allendale Robotics program, but she is new to the mentor family. She is an interior designer and is helping with some loose ends here and there. Her main focus is our promotions team, but is first helping make our pit nice and snazzy.

mindy@allendalerobotics.com

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Monica Klosin
Assistant Programming Mentor

This is Monica's first year as a mentor for the TriSonics. Before mentoring, she was a member on team 5509, Like a Boss. Monica is a third year computer science major at Grand Valley State University. 

monica@allendalerobotics.com

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Ben

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Carl

SENIOR

Elijah

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Maddie

SENIOR

Matt

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Michael

SENIOR

Nate

SENIOR

Sebastian

SENIOR

Austin

JUNIOR

Caiden

JUNIOR

Colton

JUNIOR

Cooper

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Daniel

JUNIOR

Ethan T.

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Isabell

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Jade

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Jaiden

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Jake

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Katina

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Simon

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TJ

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Tyler

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Wesley

JUNIOR

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Abby

SOPHOMORE

Alyssa

SOPHOMORE

Autumn

SOPHOMORE

Carter

SOPHOMORE

Celeste

SOPHOMORE

Evan

SOPHOMORE

Josie

SOPHOMORE

Kendall

SOPHOMORE

Logan

SOPHOMORE

Mason

SOPHOMORE

Sam

SOPHOMORE

Weston

SOPHOMORE

Andrew

FRESHMAN

Anne

FRESHMAN

Dane

FRESHMAN

Ella

FRESHMAN

Ethan H.

FRESHMAN

Ethan T.

FRESHMAN

Josh

FRESHMAN

Katie

FRESHMAN

Nathan

FRESHMAN

Riley

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Trevor

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