About the team

Parachute brings together pediatricians, parent coaches, and leading researchers in the fields of education, social emotional learning, and human computer interaction.

Zea Malawa, MD

Zea Malawa, MD

Zea is a pediatrician and mother of two in the San Francisco area, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a commissioner for First 5 San Francisco, a department of the city of San Francisco charged with supporting the health, well-being, and growth of young children, from birth to five, and their families.

Melissa Benaroya, MSW, LICSM

Melissa Benaroya, MSW, LICSM

Melissa is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is a credentialed school counselor and is trained in Positive Discipline. She is also a certified Gottman Educator offering the Bringing Baby Home Program for families with young children and workshops on emotion coaching.

Petr Slovak, PhD

Petr Slovak, PhD

Petr’s work focuses on support for teaching social emotional skills in educational and therapeutic settings. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology in addition to bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science. He started his PhD at IGW in 2011 and is funded by the DOC Fellowship from Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Mia Doces, MEd

Mia Doces, MEd

Mia leads the New Mission Ventures team at Committee for Children, exploring new ways to broaden the organization’s mission impact. In addition, she works on state- and national-level youth initiatives, serving on the Washington State legislative anti-bullying work group and advising organizations such as Sesame Workshop and the Born This Way Foundation on bullying prevention and social-emotional learning. She also worked for five years in Seattle Public Schools as a teacher and school counselor.

The Committee For Children

The Committee For Children

Founded in 1978, Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. CFC is the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying and sexual abuse. Today the organization’s curricula reach schools in over 70 countries, including 30% of all U.S. elementary schools. Each year, more than 10.6 million children benefit from these programs. Learn more at cfchildren.org.