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Our Team

Rita Ho-Bezzola

Rita Ho-Bezzola

Founder, Chief Wheel Spinner, Mom

Rita Ho-Bezzola is an entrepreneur based in Los Angeles with an MBA from the Anderson School of Management. After a brief stint in a furniture wholesale company, she decided to launch her own ventures, including establishing a raw material export company, creating a home furnishings wholesale and retail brand generating $22M in sales per year, as well as founding a local organic vegetarian eatery. She has extensive experience in international and domestic logistics, supply chain management, total quality management, and product development. As a mother of two, she strives to contribute to the well-being of the next generation in her future endeavors.

Juan Rojas

Juan Rojas

Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Dad

Juan comes to Piper+Enza with over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and a seasoned industry professional. His journey began with entrepreneurial success in 2004, founding a company that excelled in delivering services to Microsoft clients across key South American markets. This venture not only showcased his leadership skills but also his ability to identify and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.

Juan’s dual perspective of an independent entrepreneur and a corporate team player has given him unique insight into both the challenges of starting a business and the dynamics of scaling and innovating within a larger organization.

Now, Juan is channeling his rich blend of experiences towards the frontier of AI and Large Language Models (LLMs). His goal is to contribute to projects at the forefront of technological innovation, particularly those harnessing the transformative power of LLMs. As a father of two, he’s eager to utilize this powerful technology toward applications that can support kids’ health and resilience at a societal level.

 
Taraneh Arhamsadr

Taraneh Arhamsadr

Co-founder, Head of Communications, Mom

Taraneh has spent most of her nearly 20-year career leading communications and editorial efforts for mission-driven organizations across the education, social justice and environment spaces. But in her heart, she’s always been a writer. Becoming a mother in 2014, and the mother of a special needs child in 2018, inspired her to start writing again, and she started The Mamajoon Chronicles to tell her story and amplify the honest voices of real moms.

At Piper+Enza, Taraneh has been focused on sharing our story and mission with the world, developing comprehensive, expert-informed resources to empower parents and caretakers to support their kids in their physical and mental health, building partnerships with experts in pediatric health, child psychology, parenting, and early childhood education, and fostering a strong, engaged community of families and experts.

Collaborators

Maria Gamez Zielke

Maria Gamez Zielke

Creative Consultant, Mom

Maria Gamez Zielke is a Los Angeles-based fashion and prop stylist. Known for her creativity and versatility, Maria has worked for fashion powerhouses like Neiman Marcus and J.Hillburn, participated in advertising projects for Google and Frito Lay, and has styled public figures including athletes Simone Biles and Tony Romo, as well as former presidents Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush, Jr. With Maria’s passion for traveling comes her appreciation for art and international design, and her inspiration to create. This has led her to start various entrepreneurial ventures, from an organic children’s clothing line manufactured in Peru, to a fine jewelry collection, and a home fragrance studio business.

Jon-Barrett Ingels

Jon-Barrett Ingels

Storyteller, Dad

After finishing his education at Chapman University, Jon-Barrett Ingels moved to Los Angeles, where he developed, produced, and performed in multiple stage productions for regional theaters in and around the area. He has written and produced independent films and developed web series at the onset of the medium. He produced and hosted over 250 educational podcast episodes, including a series for the California State Library and for Chapman University. He worked as a writer for Flaunt Magazine, and his first book, How To Succeed By Failing, was published in 2015. Jon-Barrett currently works in development, creating television and streaming series, miniseries, and feature films.

Todd Hioki

Todd Hioki

Early Childhood Wizard, Educator

Todd Hioki is a progressive, play-based educator for young children, birth through age 5. He designs spaces and materials that enhance relational curricula, exploratory learning, self regulation and executive function skills in early childhood. Mr. Hioki has delivered trainings to ECE teachers and administrators, from rural South Africa to urban schools, and local ECE programs. He is also the founder and lead teacher at Magnolia Community Preschool.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Child Life Specialist, CEO & Founder, Child Life On Call, Mom

Katie Taylor is a certified child life specialist, podcast host and CEO + Founder Child Life On Call.  With the expertise of a child life specialist and the heart of a momma, Katie’s passion is supporting parents, kids and the care team with the tools they deserve so they can go from overwhelmed to empowered during medical situations. With over a decade of in-hospital experience, Katie has helped hundreds of families cope with and navigate challenging life events. 

Katie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and has studied and worked at facilities like Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Children’s Hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center and St. David’s Children’s Hospital. She authored her first children’s book, Super Silly Wash Your Hands Dance, in early 2020 and has been featured in the media as a child development expert. When she’s not doing all things Child Life On Call, she loves spending time in the great trails of the Hill Country with her husband and two children, listening to audiobooks and visiting local Austin breweries.

Mary Goodarzi

Mary Goodarzi

Child Psychologist, Mom

Dr. Goodarzi obtained her undergraduate degree from UC Irvine, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She then completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship program in clinical psychology at Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, CA, where she specialized in treatment for children and families, and groups within elementary, middle, and high schools. Dr. Goodarzi currently focuses on empirically-supported treatment for children, parenting skills, neuropsychological assessments, ADHD and learning differences. She lives in Orange County with her husband and two young children.

Patrick Ballesteros

Patrick Ballesteros

Artist, Educator, Dad

Patrick is an international artist and educator who specializes in creating images that bring a smile to your face. He has worked as an illustrator and character designer on a variety of fun projects for Disney TVA, Nickelodeon Press, Capstone Press, Dreamworks TV, Bravo, Amazon, and DC Comics. Along with those projects, Patrick has been invited to speak and guest lecture at international festivals and events like Comic-Con International San Diego, Sketching Lab Costa Rica, Comic-Con Colombia, and Comic-Con Panamá. His illustration work was highlighted in the film Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and The Late Late Show with James Corden. When he is not drawing, he is usually sketching : ) Other than that you will find him drinking boba, making his own line of toys, introducing his son to classic 1980s cartoons and movies, or secretly working on a Filipino super hero comic book.

Giselle Baumet

Giselle Baumet

Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Hypnotherapist, Mom

Giselle Baumet is an Afro-Indigenous Herbalist and Aromatherapist, Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, and the mother of four. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she was raised in spirituality and herbalism by her beautiful herbalist mother. Through her practice, she she helps busy families experience a life that feels good, with confidence, ease, calm using mindfulness and ancestral wisdom. Learn more about her work at granolababies.com.