About Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI)

The Central Ohio Robotics Initiative (CORI) is a program under The PAST Foundation and is made up of individuals in the central Ohio area focused on enhancing skill-based learning of robotics, to support Ohio’s need for skilled problem solvers and engineers and ultimately benefit technology job development in Ohio. Through a growing partnership of schools, teams, businesses and philanthropic organization, we use FIRST Robotics to inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math in college and their professions. ​

We encourage local universities and businesses to engage directly with students by providing mentors for their projects, thereby increasing the likelihood that students will attend those universities and work in those businesses in the future.

Our Executive Board

​​Andy Bruening,  [email protected]           

  • Lead Science Faculty, Coach of FRC Team 3324, Metro Early College High School; CORI, Vice Chairman

Annalies Corbin, [email protected]            

  • The PAST Foundation, President and CEO

Kathy Gerber, [email protected]      

  • Chairman, OhioFIRST; Columbus School for Girls, Alumni Parent / Consultant

Bill Kautz, [email protected]        

  • Retired Columbus Public School Teacher; CORI Off-Season Event Director

Lou Charobee, [email protected]

  • Bee Scientific & Imaging, Inc., President, Rotarian

Greg King, [email protected]                

  • Dublin High School Engineering Academy Teacher and Robotics Team Advisor

Ann Ralston,  [email protected]           

  • Ralston Consulting, President; CORI, Chairperson, Rotarian

Jeffery Sherman,  [email protected]         

  • Assistant Legal Counsel for Regional Income Tax Agency; CORI, Secretary/Treasurer