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 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!

Company Advisors

Thomas E. Wallace
Tom has been a technology entrepreneur since co-founding his first company at the age of 23. He has been involved in starting, investing, growing and building businesses ever since. Tom has also been an active tech angel investor for the past 25 years. His investments include Vector Solutions (sold to Providence Equity Partners, Tribridge (sold to DXC Technology), Q-Link (sold to Adobe), Adjoy, Threshold-360, all the Florida Funders portfolio companies, and many others.
Ramesh Panuganty
Ramesh is the founder of 3 startups – two got acquired by technology leaders. The latest startup is now in a stealth mode. Ramesh created the “Conversational Analytics” as a new product category, the product was recognized as the top 5 AI platforms by Gartner. Ramesh is a consistent achiever of rapid-growth SaaS solutions with continued profitability as a builder of enterprise-class products and companies serving Fortune 2000 enterprises.
Benjamin J. Patz
Mr. Patz is a Founding Partner and Managing Director at the FAN Fund, an early stage investment fund focused on finding and supporting technology startups in the state of Florida. Prior to starting the FAN Fund, Mr. Patz was Chief Operating Officer for Presidio Networked Solutions, a multi-billion-dollar Information Technology solutions provider. He has a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MSEE degree from the University of Central Florida.

The Team

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.
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.
Nick Buddemeyer
Customer Success
Nick is a graduate from Florida State University with a degree in Informational Technology. His hobbies include rock climbing and weight lifting. He spends most of his free time near the ocean or with his dog, Mia.
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.
Kevin Mercier
Creative Director
Kevin is an enthusiastic product designer and developer with years of experience creating software for non-profit organizations. When he's not being harassed by his pet corgi, he spends his free time going on adventures with his wife.
Ashley Fosse
Social Media & Marketing
Ashley recently graduated from the University of Florida with her degree in Marketing. She is originally from Tampa and has enjoyed re-exploring the Bay Area since she moved back. Ashley’s interests include traveling, playing the guitar, and trying out new recipes. In her spare time, you can find her volunteering at the Humane Society, going to concerts, or binge watching her latest TV obsession.
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.
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.
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.
Kateryna Vashkevych
Customer Success and Implementation Engineer.
Kateryna is originally from Ukraine. She graduated from the University of South Florida with Masters in Entrepreneurship. She got her Bachelor's and Master’s in Finance in Ukraine. Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. Her main hobby is to make toys out of loom bands. She also has a love for dogs.
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
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.
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.
Zelda
Customer Pupperteer
Woof
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".
Agnes
Goofball Splooterson
She only cares about playing...