Our Story


Before the world with School Dismissal Softwares, Pat Bhava, 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 clipboards. 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!

The Team

Pat Bhava
CEO & Co-founder
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.
JR Elliott
CTO
Jonathan Elliot 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.
Chitra Kanagaraj
Co-founder
Chitra brings years of IT industry experience & SAAS Product Strategy and Customer Implementations to the PikMyKid team. Most recently, Chitra served as the Strategy Director at Cognizant. She has lead cross-functional teams in multinational fortune 500 companies and excels in delivering market ready technology solutions. She has an MBA from University of South Florida and holds a BS in Electronics Engineering.
Chase Belisle
School Safety Consultant
Chase has studied Business Administration at Florida State University with a focus in Sales and Consulting. He has experience in financial service consulting with public service members, as well as, an interest in IT sales. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, concerts, golfing, and going to sporting events.
Sandra Salgado
Customer Success
Sandra has a Bachelor’s degree in Education, specialization in Spanish language. She is originally from Cuba, where she taught for eight years. She was IT instructor at a business school in New Jersey. She moved to Tampa three years ago. Here she worked for two years as a bilingual paraprofessional at Chamberlain High School and one year as Spanish teacher at Alonso High School. She is married and has two kids. She loves to help people, spending time with her friends and family, and watching TV.
Emily Markham
Marketing Director
Emily Markham was our social media marketing intern and is now our Marketing Director. She graduated from St. Petersburg college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She loves to learn new things, and hopes to build up a strong following for PikMyKid on our social channels. Personally, she loves her dog Beau dearly and all dogs to be quite honest. She is driven to succeed and excited to be a part of the PikMyKid team.
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.
Claudette Zoll
Customer Success
Claudette, received her degree as an Registered Nurse while raising her four girls. Her passion for education lead her to work for a non-profit school. She worked several years in the school system as an assistant to the Executive Director. There she learned various aspects of running a school. Her dedication to children is what keeps her constantly learning. One day her goal is to travel the world and learn a different language
Nidhi Verma
Quality Assurance Engineer
Nidhi is responsible for the quality of software development and deployment. She assesses software quality through manual and automated testing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Post Graduate in IT. She loves to spend time with her friends and family and listening to music in her free time.
JJ Roberts
Board Member and Director of Public Relations
JJ Roberts has been a successful entrepreneur for over 30 years, founding his first startup in 1984. After the sale of his fourth startup in 2008, he began helping other entrepreneurs navigate the path to success as a mentor. He met Pat as PikMyKid was just beginning. Soon his passion to again, be part of something important, took over and he joined PikMyKid full time. He spends what little spare time he has playing golf, competing in triathlons, or writing his second children’s novel.
Dr Paul Livingston
School Safety Consultant
A career educator for 40 years, An expert in the areas of safety, daily operations, turnaround, and academic excellence. Paul was Superintendent of Pentucket Regional School District, MA, Superintendent in Littleton, Walpole, & Lancaster, Assistant Superintendent for Nashoba Regional School District; & Director of Administrative Services for Franklin Public Schools. Received 'Commitment to Excellence Award' from MassExcellence, the state organization that oversees the MA Baldrige Award is a testament to his work.
Tonya Morningstar
School Safety Consultant
Tonya studied Special Education at the University of South Florida and was a public school educator in Florida for over eleven years. In addition, she also has sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries including: Pharmaceutical, Real Estate and Telecommunications. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her Chocolate Labrador, going to sporting events and kayaking.
Natalie Blake
School Safety Consultant
Natalie has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from USF as well. Go Bulls! She has experience in teaching at the Elementary school level . In her spare time she enjoys traveling, playing with her dogs, reading, and running. Natalie is thrilled to have been "Pik"ed to be apart of the PikMyKid team!
Dr. Swamy Narayanaswamy
Lead Data Scientist - S.M.A.R.T Project
Co-founder / CTO @ CalQLogic, IIT Madras, PhD from USC ; co-creator of TriggerWare real-time analytics platform; Thought leader in real-time analytics, machine learning, AI; Principal Investigator of multiple R&D projects for Darpa, NSF, and other agencies. Co-Author of 7 US patents, two dozen peer-reviewed articles. On the S.M.A.R.T. Project, Swamy is the technical and management leader from the CalQLogic side, and a key platform architect.
Dr. Donald Cohen
Data Scientist - S.M.A.R.T Project
Researcher and Innovator with over 25 years of experience in R&D; PhD from Carnegie Melon University; Co-Author 6 US Patents; 30+ technical papers; He is the primary inventor of the TriggerWare, the core technology behind S.M.A.R.T Feeds for schools. A well-published author of research papers, he worked at a DARPA-funded think tank specializing in AI / Computer Science. On the S.M.A.R.T project, Don is responsible for setting up and operating TriggerWare social media connectors and data architecture.
Dennis Allard
Data Engineer - S.M.A.R.T Project
Over 20 years of experience in software development and Oracle DB. UCLA & UC Berkeley. Accomplished software architect and engineer who has put many robust, innovative solutions into production. Independent thinker and problem solver in Computer Science and experienced in data science and machine learning. On the S.M.A.R.T. project, Dennis is the lead developer with responsibility for UI/UX and for the integration of various social media modules.
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.
Meisie
Senior Wooferson
Meisie - Meaning "Girl" in Afrikaans. She is a rescue from Friends of Strays. Has a propensity for always finding work to do. If it is chasing a squirrel or testing out different toys, she is always on the move. Favorite saying "it doesn't taste like nothing".
Zelda
Customer Pupperteer
Woof
Ohana
Official Office Sniffer
Ohana~Official Office Sniffer~loves to swim~never met a treat she didn't like~loves everyone