2019 Team

Team Members:


Team President
Student at Dimond High School

Nikira is a Senior at Dimond High School. This is her fifth year participating in FIRST and her fourth year on the FRC team. She enjoys fishing, gardening, beekeeping, and all things that include farm animals. Nikira loves engineering and hopes to go to college for agricultural engineering.


CAD and Build member, Safety Captain
Student at Dimond High School

Lawton has been involved in FIRST for three years, doing both FTC and FRC. He is a force to be reckoned with on CAD software, and is the team Safety Captain besides. After high school, he plans to go to college on the west coast and get involved in private space industry or a Silicon Valley startup. His hobbies include 3D printing, Arduino, and RC planes, and he is a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, the Key Club Honor Society, and the Ocean Bowl team.


Programmer and Writer
Student at Polaris k-12

Caden is a junior at Polaris K-12, and is a serious FIRST veteran. He has been doing FIRST since kindergarten, and has is now on the FRC team for his third year. He is always volunteering with FLL and FTC events, and is generally very involved in FIRST. He loves to code in C#, Java, and Python, which is why he helps with the programming of the robot and of the simulations. He also takes lead a number of communications items such as blog posts and letter writing. He plans to go to college for either computer science, biotechnology, or wildlife bilogy. His other hobbies include writing, Pokemon, and the outdoors.


Build and Outreach member 
Student at Alaska Middle College

Stay tuned for Erica’s bio!


Eric has had 5 years of experience with FLL. After spending a season as a Nerdlett while still in middle school, Eric has now officially joined the team as a full on Nerd!  His goal is to be an engineer and video editor on for team 568. Eric has a deep understanding and love for video editing.


Stay tuned for Griffin’s bio!


Stay tuned for Alexa’s bio!


Stay tuned for Masey’s bio!


Team Vice President
Student at Dimond High School

Stay tuned for Josh’s bio!


Build member
Student at Dimond High School

Stay tuned for Alex’s bio!


Strategy and Design member
Student at North Pole High School

Stay tuned for Zach’s bio!


Building and Design member
Student at Service High School

Will started doing FIRST in the 7th grade. A highlight since then was going on to place 3rd in state in 8th grade. He is currently participating in FTC on top of FRC. He cares about politics and likes expensive cajun food.


Mitchell has had 5 years of FLL experience and 2 years in FTC. He transitioned onto the FRC team this year through the Nerdlett program, and is now an official Nerd of the North.  Mitchell loves to design on computers, and as joined the team as both a builder and team image contributor.


Build member
Student at Bartlett High School

Stay tuned for Tyler’s bio!


Darin has 9 years of hard work and dedication in several  FIRST programs.  After a brief season as  a Nerdlett, he has officially joined the team and become a true Nerd of the North. He wants to be a programer, but has also provided a lot of video and team image assistance for the team. Darin has a deep love for programing and solved the gyro problem in FLL.


Stay tuned for Brody’s bio!



Wade Roach

Team Coach
Engineering & Biology Teacher
Dimond High School

Mr. Roach has been the coach of FRC team 568 for 19 years. He has coached all of the FIRST programs (JFLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC). His is a high school engineering and biology teacher in Anchorage, Alaska.   “The world is quite different ever since the robotic uprising of the late nineties, but human uniqueness will triumph.  Stay tuned…”

Danny Tix

Programming Mentor
Municipality of Anchorage

Danny has been working with team 568 since 2007. His goal is to establish Alaska as a hub for innovative technology.

Will Goolsby

Team Mentor

Will Goolsby is from Eagle River, Alaska.  He has an Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and is a 9 year Air Force Veteran.  Will has spent the last 20 years as a commercial airline pilot, flying passengers and cargo around the world.   His involvement in FIRST began 4 years ago with FTC Cascade Effect, and he’s been a coach/mentor for teams who have attended 2 FTC West Super Regionals and a World Championship.  Most recently, he has found enjoyment serving as a Judge for Relic Recovery at the League Championship, Regional Qualifiers, and the Alaska State Tournament.  Will has  also mentored FRC Team 568 Nerds of the North in this year’s game, Power Up. His main roles this year have been travel planning and mentoring students in fund raising, grant proposals and sustainability.
Vicki Nechodomu

Team Coach
K-12 STEM Outreach Coordinator
UAA College of Engineering

Vicki has been involved with FTC and FLL as a coach and numerous volunteer roles since 2007, and she is excited to be working with FRC for a second year now! She is passionate about mentoring youth in developing both technical and creative skills through FIRST robotics, and nurturing those interests into academic and career pursuits.

BIrch Boyer


Dale Rooney

CAD & 3D Printing Mentor
Anchorage Maker Space

Stay tuned – Mr. Rooney’s bio is coming soon!

Tina Lane

Team Mentor

Tina is the mother of Nikira and acts as the team’s seamstress and occasional lunch provider. She graduated from Oregon State University(Go Beavs!!) with a degree in construction engineering management. Like Nikira she loves to garden and spend time with all of the farms animals.