About Us

CONOR MCGANN, Founder

I started Wizbots because I saw that robotics could be made accessible and meaningful to kids and that this could transform their perspectives on learning.

Conor has been a practicing engineer for over 20 years. He received his Bachelors in Mathematics and Engineering from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and his PhD in Computer Science from that same institution. He was a founder and CEO of a software company after college, and then moved on to join the Internet wave in Austin, Texas. He got into robotics when he joined NASA in 2002 and has never looked back. Since then he has been an active researcher in the robotics community, having developed cutting edge technologies that have been used on Mars Rovers (while he worked at NASA), undersea autonomous vehicles (at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) and personal robots (at Willow Garage). Conor lives with his wife and 2 children in San Carlos, CA.

LISA MCGANN, Executive Director

Wizbots is not only a fun and exciting place to work, but its mission to provide a service for a greater good also provides a wonderful sense of purpose.

Though Lisa earned a BA in Biology from Duke University, she entered the world of high tech start-ups right after school and never looked back. She loves start-ups because they are dynamic, challenging, and afford the opportunity to wear lots of different hats. Her experience includes management (teams, accounts, programs, projects), marketing, pre-sales, customer service, training, writing, and interaction design. Lisa has been instrumental in seeing several start-ups through their "firsts" - processes, programs, products, etc. As a mom, Lisa finds extra fulfillment in being a part of Wizbots where the programs are designed to provide an amazing learning experience for kids, hers included!

KATIE CRISWELL, Director of Sales

Wizbots makes my job very easy (don't tell the boss) and enjoyable because not only is the program exciting and fun for kids, but parents and educators immediately see the quality and enrichment opportunities that it offers to both boys AND girls.

Katie has a BA in English from UCLA and has worked in the Silicon Valley high tech sector in product management and development as well as software training and sales. She enjoyed working with a wide range of people from engineers, developers, sales reps, marketing pros, and customers to ensure that a quality product was created and delivered. As a board member for the San Carlos Educational Foundation, she saw how budget cuts had reduced much of the enrichment that schools used to be able to offer their students. Now, as the Director of Sales for Wizbots, Katie's background and skills easily translate when contacting and working with new and potential customers for our after school programs. As a mom of two active boys, Katie especially enjoys being involved with a company that provides such great enrichment for kids. In fact, she became interested in Wizbots after her own son had such an amazing experience with the program!

ROXIE EDWARDS, Director of Operations

I joined Wizbots because I believe that learning while playing is the best way to develop critical thinking - a skill that will last a lifetime.

Roxie has spent the last 30 years as an IT Professional. She spent the first years of her career at McKesson Corporation in San Francisco as a program developer and Project Manager. Later she went to work at eBay and PayPal in San Jose as a Project Manager, where she applied her experience to multiple projects and supported the Project Management Office. Roxie came to Wizbots where she uses her extensive organizational skills to respond to the day-to-day coordination effort between Wizbots and the locations they serve. She enjoys entertaining for her family and friends, home renovation and gardening. She is married and lives with her husband in Redwood City, CA.

JOSHUA MUSIAL, Program Director

I look forward to the challenge of challenging the dreamers to dream with eyes open.

Joshua has been a Wizbots Mentor for over 5 years who enjoys working with youth in pursuance of a bright future for all. His previous services prior to joining with Wizbots include teaching math, tutoring language arts, and offering a helping hand in the special needs classrooms as a behavioral management tech. Joshua spends his personal time with music, studies, and partaking in high endurance activities such as mountain biking.

KENYA SANCRISTOBAL, Customer Happiness Agent

I thoroughly enjoy working with Wizbots customers and making sure they are satisfied. Being responsible for providing great customer service is something I take great pride in, as it is one of the many things that sets Wizbots apart from the rest. I love being a part of a unique program that helps kids bring many of their creative goals to life!

Kenya brings over 10 years of Customer Service, Project Coordination, Marketing and Management experience, within the Film, Game and Tech industry, to her role as Customer Happiness Agent. After earning her BA in Media Art and Animation from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, she jumped into the business side of the film world and hit the ground running! Kenya’s experience with supporting and working with large teams allowed her to develop her ability to troubleshoot, while helping people to communicate clearly and problem solve effectively. As the parent of two small active children, she understands the importance of being attentive, patient and how important it is for children to be inspired and their interests to be nourished! Kenya enjoys spending as much time with her family as possible. She is also a photographer, who enjoys documenting her family, while trying to fit in time to run and garden where she can.

ALEJANDRO VILLAMARIN, Director of Engineering

The thrilling idea of participating on a project where kids could learn about the wonders of programming and robotics immediately got me. Being part of Wizbots gives a great sense of helping in this educational purpose.

A big fan of technology from early childhood, Alejandro completed an MS in Computer Science and started working in the R&D IoT fields, working with all types of hardware and communication protocols. He then decided to move into industry to solve "real world" problems, and he created a start-up company. While the start-up was not a huge success, Alejandro learned a lot in the process such as how small businesses like Wizbots operate well. He is always striving to improve the engineering process with best practices he's learned from working with other colleagues, while trying to have fun at the same time!

What kids say about Wizbots...

David, 5th Grade
In Wizbots you have choices.
Oriana, 3rd Grade
I like Wizbots because it gives me a chance to brainstorm ideas.
Cecile, 4th Grade
Wizbots Rules!
Daniel, 3rd Grade
I like Wizbots because it’s great building robots of your choice!
Jillian, 4th Grade
I like Wizbots because I get to do fun creating after school!
Kasea, 3rd Grade
I like Wizbots because we get to do a robot that we want and we get to make our decisions.
Nicholas, 3rd Grade
I like Wizbots because I made a bunch of cool stuff.
Yanis, 4th Grade
Wizbots Rocks!
Jack, 4th Grade
I think Wizbots is better than Mama Luigi!
Alex, 3rd Grade
I like Wizbots because I like building and creating stuff.
Brenna, 8th Grade
It's a great creative outlet and you get to learn alot of new stuff.
Gracie, 8th Grade
It helps prepare me for what I am interested in, because I am into technology and programming.

People who work at Wizbots have just as much fun as the students who attend our programs! We get to inspire kids and play with, talk about and think about cool robots all the time! We're a quirky, laid-back bunch of folks from around the Bay Area that share a common belief - robotics infused with imagination is an instantly engaging (and fun!) means to transform kids' perspectives on learning. If you see an open job opportunity you think you are well suited for, don't waste any time - drop us a line at jobs@wizbots.com to let us know why you're the best candidate.

Current Openings