Our Story

Before the world with School Dismissal Softwares, Pat, Founder of PikMyKid, spent hours of his time waiting in car pick-up lines at his daughter’s school wondering why the school dismissal process is so broken. He quickly learned that the school dismissal process is inefficient, unsafe, and very costly to schools. What’s worse is that, in today’s digitally-driven world, the only technology schools use to manage this process are megaphones, walkie talkies, and clip boards. Pat set out to build a system to make the school dismissal management smarter, safer, and cheaper by designing a comprehensive school dismissal software that actually works for the schools and teachers while keeping the parents happy and the kids safer. The product of that work is PikMyKid!

Pat Bhava,<br /> Co-founder and CEO

Pat Bhava,
Co-founder and CEO

Pat had been jolted into PikMyKid due to his personal experiences in school carlines. An ex-Naval fighter pilot and deep-sea diver with an MBA and BS in Physics, Pat is experienced in building teams and solving problems. He is a serial entrepreneur, having built and sold a few startups. His previous projects include Sachi Ventures, Inc., Tun-Du-Ree, LLC, and Spiceline Logistics.

Chitra Kanagaraj, <br />Co-founder

Chitra Kanagaraj,
Co-founder

Chitra brings years of IT industry experience in project management and product development to the PikMyKid team. Most recently, Chitra served as the Strategy Director at an IT consulting firm. She has managed cross-functional teams and excels in delivering market ready technology solutions. She has an MBA from University of South Florida and holds a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

J.R. Elliott,  <br />CTO

J.R. Elliott,
CTO

J.R. specializes in taking software products from a napkin idea and executing a development strategy that ensures that product successfully makes it to market. When he is not coding, he enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife & driving their vintage cars.

Sydney Young, <br />Director of Training & Implementation

Sydney Young,
Director of Training & Implementation

Sydney is an experienced Corporate Trainer, Educator and Client Manager. She is knowledgable about working with various educational systems and implementation. Sydney has a passion for helping others and traveling. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Adam Huber, <br />School Safety Consultant

Adam Huber,
School Safety Consultant

Adam has multiple degrees from the Arizona State University, Berkeley, and Columbia. He lived in California for awhile, but decided to come back to the place he felt was home-Tampa. School safety and education are just two of his passions, along with basketball, the beach, and exercising. When he is not in the office, he spends time with his dog, Princess Leia.

Andrew Phillips, <br /> School Safety Consultant

Andrew Phillips,
School Safety Consultant

Andrew is a graduate from the University of Florida, with a degree in Communication and Leadership Development. He has experience working as an Account Executive for schools, healthcare and other government entities. He is passionate about learning about global sustainability and ways technology can prepare us for the future. In his free time he enjoys rooting for his favorite Florida sports teams.

Jarvis Thompson, <br />School Safety Consultant

Jarvis Thompson,
School Safety Consultant

Jarvis has studied Architectural Engineering and Marketing at the University of South Florida. Some of his hobbies include surfing, running and traveling. He has experience in Sales Management and digital marketing.

David Flammer, <br />School Safety Consultant

David Flammer,
School Safety Consultant

David is an experienced sales professional whose passion for K-12 Education began in the classroom as a teacher and coach. He has a MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He keeps balanced by umpiring fastpitch softball and singing (Tenors Rule!)

Paul Montgomery, <br />School Safety Consultant

Paul Montgomery,
School Safety Consultant

Paul Montgomery has over 20 years of software innovation under his belt, and so far, remains excited to use technology to flip the K12 market upside down every so often. Paul has served as Vice President, software development manager and Sales leader for some of the best known companies in the K12 sector. He lives in Murphy, TX with his amazing wife, his above-average step-kids, 4 dogs, 3 cats and a ghost named Yahootie.

Rey Bermudez, <br /> Engineering

Rey Bermudez,
Engineering

Rey is a Software Engineer with an extensive background in web development. He loves to work in a team environment with Microsoft Technologies. Rey is passionate about water sports and baseball. He earned his Bachelors degree from the Computer Science University in Havana, Cuba.

Dayran Alvarez, <br /> Engineering

Dayran Alvarez,
Engineering

Originally from Havana Cuba, Dayran came to Miami in January. He has recently moved to Tampa to be with PikMyKid full time. He studied Computer Science and is passionate about developing and coding. In his free time, Dayran enjoys playing and watching sports, especially baseball.

Laurie Medina, <br /> Customer Success

Laurie Medina,
Customer Success

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

Kateryna Vashkevych, <br /> Customer Success Intern

Kateryna Vashkevych,
Customer Success Intern

Kateryna is originally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She recieved her Bachelor's in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

Anh Nguyen, <br /> Finance Intern

Anh Nguyen,
Finance Intern

Anh is currently a Masters student at the University of South Florida. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Finance. Before moving to the U.S., he worked for two commercial banks for two years. He is experienced in Finance and Accounting. In his free time he loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel, play soccer and read books.

Bashful,  <br /> Employee of the Month

Bashful,
Employee of the Month

Bashful is PikMyKid's resident guard dog & nap expert. He enjoys long walks, welcoming visitors, & raiding the break room fridge.