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

Chase Belisle
Account Executive
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.
Rob Bohne
Sales Development Representative
Rob is a born and raised Floridian, having graduated Palm Beach State College with a bachelors degree in Business Supervision & Management. He's spent the majority of his career working as an event coordinator for various high-end catering companies. He found the change to a profession in Edtech sales to be exciting as his true passions are selling and working with people. He enjoys watching sports, playing chess, as well as longboarding & snowboarding. You can also find him indulging in anything MARVEL and Star Wars Related. He resides in South Florida and enjoys doing home renovations in his spare time.
Dee Bohne
VP of Sales
Dee brings over 25 years of experience in Education and Edtech sales. Her expertise is in selling enterprise technology solutions and leading sales teams to high growth performance in the Higher Education and the K-12 market. She loves working in SaaS companies that are passionate about the end-user experience and the company mission is to help make teaching and learning easier. She started her career teaching high school and coaching girls’ varsity basketball and graduated as a student athlete at Pepperdine University focused on secondary education.
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.
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.
Brii Coleman
Senior Manager, 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.
Sydney Clermont
Senior Director, Customer Success Operations
Sydney is an experienced Corporate Trainer, Educator, and Client Manager. She is knowledgeable 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.
Joey Dey
Software Engineer
Joey graduated from USF in December 2019 with a degree in Information Technology. Outside of work he really enjoys being outdoors. He also particularly enjoys spending his time mountain biking and paddle boarding with some friends, or just hanging out watching some Lightning hockey. He's obsessed with Chipotle and can easily eat there a few times a week without getting tired of it, it's just too good.
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.
Michelle Gordon
Account Executive
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan but moved to Florida to finish her education at Palm Beach Atlantic University. There she received her Master’s Degree in elementary education and went on to teach elementary school for 8 years in Palm Beach County, Florida. She has two children who attended Palm Beach County Schools and then went on to UCF (Go Knights!) She was in publishing for 20 years - Starting as a consultant and then an account executive for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She then spent a year with Frog Street Press as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager as well as the South Florida Account Executive. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, going to church, working out, golfing, listening to live music, and spending time with her friends
Rachel Goldschein
Senior Manager, 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.
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.
Rhonda Harms
VP of Finance
Rhonda received her Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tampa and is a Certified Public Accountant. Before Pikmykid, she was SVP Finance at AFS Technologies, Inc. for 10 years and supported the company through a period of rapid growth and numerous acquisitions, including its sale to Telus Corporation in August 2020 . Prior to AFS, Rhonda was the CFO for Genesis Group, Inc. dba Answers Systems for 18 years. During this time, she was also the Owner and Managing Member of Medical Center Pharmacy, LLC for 8 years. Rhonda is an identical twin, has one son, Michael. She enjoys destination distance races that include Paris, NYC, Chicago, Big Sur and Disney Marathons, and is a Board Trustee/Treasurer of the Dunedin History Museum.
Trevor Hewitt
VP, Customer Success and Support
Trevor Hewitt heads up our world-class Customer Success and Support teams. Trevor was previously a co-founder and the VP of Customer Success and Support at Smartcare before being acquired by Vanco in December 2020. Trevor then became the VP of Customer Adoption for all of Vanco's product lines (K12, Churches, Childcare, Food, etc.). Trevor currently resides in Henderson, NV (only 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip!). He and his wife Megan have two children and two dogs (Bear and Foxy). Trevor has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Trevor enjoys hiking and performing amateur magic shows for his children before bedtime.
Kylie Hartwig
Account Manager
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.
Erica Jankowski
Brand Marketing Manager
Erica is an experienced digital strategist who loves helping people. That’s why her ambition is to create compelling brand and content strategies so that people can find the most innovative and effective digital solutions to their problems. She grew up in Hawaii, is also a wedding musician, and loves dogs.
Natalie Kass
Manager, Customer Success
Natalie received her graduate degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of South Florida. During her studies, she developed a love for educational technologies working as an Entrepreneurial Lead and Technical Writer for a software company that enabled students to conduct peer reviews on academic writing. Before joining Pikmykid, she taught as a Fulbright Scholar in Macau and traveled the world. She is a cat person, new mom, and loves to visit coffee shops in the tri-county area.
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.
Hannah Meador
Customer Success Manager
Hannah received her Bachelor's degree in elementary education from Western Oregon University. Her six years of experience in teaching has given her the background to understand the needs of the teachers, parents, and students who all rely on systems to keep students safe at dismissal. Hannah has also spent time working in retail and customer service in stores and theme parks. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing video games, exploring Florida's nature, and cooking.
Jeff Miller
Sales Development Representative
Jeff is a graduate of Southeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Youth Ministry. Since then, he has continued his work with students by managing a Mathnasium and teaching Middle School Math. While working in schools, Jeff dealt first hand with the struggles associated with the dismissal process and hopes to make a difference through PikMyKid. In his spare time, he loves playing D&D, Watching Star Trek, playing the Bass Guitar, and Voice Acting.
Austin Matthews
Sales Development Representative
Austin graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science with a focus in Business and Systems Analysis. He has experience teaching at libraries as a volunteer and assisting in data science research at UNC Chapel Hill. He comes from a SaaS background and has an interest in educational technology and how it can help keep kids safe. He enjoys hiking, sprinting, weightlifting, social studies, practicing the harmonica, and making sushi.
Virginia Parish
Senior Director of Marketing
Virginia is a versatile marketing leader with a background in demand generation, marketing operations, and digital strategy. She has a true love for creative problem solving and building marketing strategies that not only work, but scale. When not working, Virginia enjoys spending time in the garden, on the water, or in the kitchen with her husband and their two dogs.
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.
Sandra Salgado
Director, Customer Support and Enrollment
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.
Eric Sala
Account Executive
Eric is a business graduate of the University of South Florida with a background in sales support and marketing. He has helped streamline the efficiency of sales teams in the radio broadcast industry but is passionate about keeping kids safe and implementing new ideas. In his spare time, he loves playing guitar, songwriting, photography, and backpacking abroad.
Shelley Spalding
Sales Development Representative
Shelley is a former teacher who used Pikmykid in her 7th grade English classroom, and she is therefore thrilled to help bring it to other classrooms around the world. She attended Western Kentucky University for her bachelor's and master's degrees, and in the meantime, taught English in Spain for one year. She currently resides in Louisville, KY, where she and her boyfriend attempt but fail to take their cats on walks. Shelley loves reading historical fiction, roasting vegetables, and planning her next trip. 
Nicole Temple
Account Executive
Nicole has spent 25 plus years fostering her passion for education as both an elementary school teacher, as well as a Director of Partnerships in a nonprofit education organization. She has a Master’s degree in Leadership and Administration and an undergraduate degree in elementary and art education. She joined Pikmykid to be part of the mission to increase safety for children in schools and to provide teachers and leaders a resource to make dismissal logistics both simple and efficient. Nicole is a Chicago native and relocated to Charleston, South Carolina to enjoy the plentiful sunshine, beaches, and southern charm. She most enjoys spending time with her husband Brad, three children, mom, and dog Leo, while exploring new places in the Southeast. Nicole also loves to travel abroad, dine, and play tennis.
Sara Wernikoff
Sales Development Representative
Sara graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. As an educator for five years, she has a passion to help students and teachers. As a previous Pikmykid user in the classroom, Sara can relate to educators with the struggle of the dismissal process and the ease this platform brings to schools. When she is not working, she enjoys her time outside by the water.
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.
Claudette Zoll
Director, Strategic Relations
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
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