Our Team

Dr. J Maccalla, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. J. MacCalla is an executive with a 30-year track record managing technology companies. Prior to Zyrobotics, she was the CEO of Automated Switching and Controls Inc., a communications & controls company with over $8M in annual contracts with city & state transit. Before that Dr MacCalla was President of Advanced Systems Concepts Inc., overseeing approximately $3M in DOD contracts for military communications and control systems. As Chairman of the LA Metropolitan Transit Authority Foundation she managed their $100M endowment, and was a board member of the California High Speed Rail Commission. She is a member of the California S&T Policy Fellowship Review Board. Dr. MacCalla from Brown University, Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Howard has over 13 years of R&D experience covering a number of projects that have been supported by a range of agencies including: NSF, NASA, Procter and Gamble, ExxonMobil, and Intel. Her robotics and assistive technology research, has resulted in over 200 publications and numerous patents. Her accomplishments are highlighted through a number of awards and articles, including highlights in USA Today, Upscale, and TIME Magazine. She was named MIT Technology Review top young innovator, recognized as NSBE Educator of the Year, and a recipient of the Anita Borg Educator Award. In addition to her extensive robotics experience, Dr. Howard’s entrepreneurial experience involves development of a leading genetic algorithm package and Brainsheet, a neural-network optimization package. The IP for both applications were later acquired by larger companies. Dr. Howard holds a degree from Brown University, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. from the Drucker Graduate School of Management.

John V. Harding, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Harding has over 20 years experience bringing new technologies to market with product development and leadership roles at HP, Motorola, Intersil and other leading semiconductor companies. He is experienced in building engineering teams and design flows focused on quality products and timely results. John holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and Howard University.

Antionesha Wheeler, Creative Design

Since her youth, Antionesha has had a clear, unwavering vision about the field she wanted to pursue. Using a variety of programs, she finds inspiration for her graphics in all areas of life on a daily basis. Through her experience and studies, she developed an appreciation for the minimalistic style of design she brings to our projects. Her focus is broad and her passion runs deep. Antionesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta.

Torian Harris, Application Developer

Torian serves as an Application Developer. He has always had a passion for games and he explored that during his studies as a Game Development major. Coming from an artistic background, he enjoys designing for games while also enjoying the more logical side of programming them. Torian earned his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Digital Media from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Victor Gonzalez, Application Developer

Victor’s role on the team is as a backend developer. He is a computer science major, with experience in web and game development. He also has a growing interest in network programming. His belief is to continuously learn and improve his skill set so that he can deliver the best results as possible.

Michael Senno, Marketing Communications Specialist

A native of Marin County, California, Michael Senno has long held a passion for inclusive education. After studying Communications at Loyola University, Michael moved to Burbank where he specialized in high-concept educational Children's Programming. He has joined us in Georgia to further his goal of bringing 'fun and accessible' learning technology to as many students as possible.

Henry Moss, Application Developer

An Atlanta native, Henry has always had a passion for game development with a particular focus on educational design. Following graduation from Southern Polytechnic State University, he has worked with multiple groups across the country on a variety of projects, including multiple entries in the Georgia-based Global Game Jam. Primarily working within the Unity3D engine, he believes in design patterns that encourages learning through student engagement.

Mahogany Bullock-Clayton, Social Media

Mahogany is a graduate of East Carolina University. Shortly after graduating, she moved to New York to pursue her editorial dreams. She worked in both journalism and social media management and managed to transition seamlessly into marketing before moving to Atlanta. Her degree in English paired with her extensive experience in marketing allows her to uniquely build the Zyrobotics brand.

Cristauna Barnes, Office Assistant

Currently attending Georgia State University, Cristauna is an IT enthusiast who is working to become a SME in web design. A Colorado native, she believes that technology is and should be a fundamental part of learning and is very passionate about helping others. Upon completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Cristauna will become a professional in Cyber Security while also teaching young children how to code using HTML, Java and C++.