EqualiTech was founded by Danny Fitzgibbons as a result of his work as a Math teacher in the Learning Center at Kellogg School. Danny became acutely aware of the gap that begins to develop as early as Kindergarten between students with access to technology in their home and those without.

Our Mission

Our mission is to expand technology access and improve computer literacy in the community by providing free computer centers staffed by experienced technical professionals.

Access to computers and the internet has become a basic need for education in our society.
— Kent Conrad, Former US Senator

Our BOARD and Staff

Danny Fitzgibbons, Executive Director

Danny holds Professional Clear Teaching Credentials in Multiple Subjects and Single Subject-Social Studies, and is finishing his 4th year at Kellogg School as a Certificated Tutor. He teaches math and reading/writing intervention in the learning center, ELD classes, as well as math for combo classes. Prior to becoming a teacher, Danny owned and operated several small, local businesses. He has lived in Santa Barbara and Goleta for over 20 years.

Ashley Switzer, Director of Educational and Community Outreach

Ashley holds Professional Clear Teaching Credentials in Multiple Subjects, and Single Subject-English. She has experience teaching in local elementary, junior, and senior high schools. Currently, she is a 2nd grade teacher at Hollister Elementary in the Goleta Union School District. She has lived in Goleta all of her life.

Julie Nisbet, Director of Technology

Julie currently works as a freelance Software Engineer and tutor and holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Boston University. She grew up in Goleta and has lived here full time since 2015.

Taylor Smith, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Taylor is a strategic advisor at Tucker Capital, a management consulting and investment banking firm focused on helping education non-profits and for-profits to grow and create partnerships. He holds an engineering degree from Princeton University and lives in Goleta with his wife and three children.

 Dawer Perez-Cañete

Dawer works as the manager of GVTC and the lead instructor for DLLP. He has a BS Degree in Chemistry from Havana University. Currently, he is working on an International Business Degree with a focus in Finance and Marketing at Santa Barbara City College. Dawer is originally from Cuba and has lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Washington DC and currently lives in the City of Goleta.