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 if we could make it safer for our kids and easier for our teachers. He quickly learned that the school dismissal process in most schools is the most stressful time of the day for the school staff. 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. PikMyKid team set out to build a simple system to make the school dismissal management smarter, safer, and more efficient 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heather Hobden
Marketing Analyst
Heather’s passion for digital marketing started by launching a blog in her teens. From there, she progressed to doing digital marketing for a variety of industries and companies. Her expertise lies in Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, and Content Writing. But her fascination with the industry drives her to constantly learn more every day. When she’s not writing or developing content for marketing, she enjoys cooking, cleaning, crocheting, reading, and listening to true crime podcasts.
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.
Neha Yadav
Customer Success
Neha is a College Graduate where she studied Anthropology. She has a great interest in the study of human behavior and possesses vast experience in customer support. She believes in going above and beyond to keep the customer happy and provide them with a satisfactory resolution on time.
Kakuli Kumar
Customer Success
Kakuli graduated from Delhi college of arts and commerce with a degree in economics. She then completed her MBA by majoring HR and minoring in analytics. Her interest is to know the psychology of humans and to deal with them while being very helpful. Her goal is to develop empathy, gentleness, and social responsibility.
Nita Supradeepan
Customer Success
Nita hails from Pondicherry, India. She has a Master’s degree in English and is a qualified Teacher. She is inspired to continuously reinvent herself and be a ‘people’s’ person, she never misses an opportunity to get to know more people and make new friends. For the same reason, when she travels, she has great fun meeting the locals and understanding their way of life and culture. And she loves yoga.
Brii Coleman
Customer Success
Brii is a Training Specialist, her background includes Higher Education software, Education, Administrative roles, and Event Planning. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. She has an interest in anything creative, different cultures, and history. In her spare time she is a foodie, plays games, reads articles and graphic novels, and plans activities with friends or family. She is driven and goal oriented in all aspects of her life.
Rachel Horen
Customer Success
Rachel is a former teacher specializing in special education.  She has taught at all levels from preschool to high school.  Middle school was her favorite setting.  Her bachelor’s degree is from Manchester University in Indiana and her graduate degree is from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. After ten years of teaching students, she has joined the Pikmykid team and now enjoys teaching teachers.  She loves learning, reading, sunshine, good vibes, and spending time with friends and family.
Kylie Hartwig
Customer Success
Kylie has been on a 7+ year journey of customer advocacy, that’s led her into the Finance and Human Resource Sector as well as helping her become an Executive Assistant. That journey has led her to become a valued member of the PikMyKid Support Team. When she’s not working, she enjoys pursuing her artistic side through painting, drinking coffee, and being a mom.
Corey Tedder
Customer Success
Corey has extensive experience in Information Technology. At PikMyKid, he provides expertise in the Customer Support branch, identifying and implementing process improvements for the continuous safety of our future generations. With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and currently pursuing his Master in Business Administration, he enjoys challenges in his daily life. While he’s adapted to the new normal he enjoys walks with his French Bulldog, ‘Abu’, and pool time with family and friends.
Darius Sillart
Customer Success
Darius graduated from Hillsborough Community College with Honors. He is currently attending the University of Central Florida with a major in Computer Science. He played baseball from 3 years old through college and is still a huge Yankee fan with ambitions to be a season ticket holder. He enjoys coding in several languages, building/upgrading PCs, and gaming. He has a rescue dog named Wrigley whom he spends most of his time with. He’s also very passionate about music and singing.
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
Whisky
Customer PUPPERTEER
Whisky is very reserved. Loves to eat treats. And he loves everyone.
Wrigley
Wrigley is a 15 month old border collie mix and a rescue. He loves to play fetch, play with other dogs, swimming, chasing lasers, and meeting new people.
Abu
Abu is a spoiled rotten dog who loves puréed pumpkin mixed in with his food. And he'll greet you with plenty of barks