Executive Director - Kelly Gfroerer - Atlanta, GA
Dr. Kelly Gfroerer is the Executive Director for the Positive Discipline Association. She is a Positive Discipline Trainer. Kelly has been a teacher, school counselor, and educational consultant working in the Atlanta area for over two decades. Kelly is co-author with Dr. Jane Nelsen of the book, Positive Discipline - Tools for Teachers. It is based on the Positive Discipline Tool Cards for Teachers which they also created.
Co-Chair - Jody Malterre - Boise, ID
Jody Malterre, MAEd, is a Certified Positive Discipline trainer from Boise, Idaho. With over 30 years’ experience in education she loves to consult with schools around administration, curriculum, and implementation of the Positive Discipline model. In addition, she works as a Montessori teacher trainer at Westminster College. While her work as a Positive Discipline and Montessori trainer has been in the US and abroad her favorite place to work is in her community of Boise. When home, she regularly offers classes to parents and teachers and provides one on one coaching. It is through her experiences as a classroom teacher, administrator, trainer, and most importantly, a parent of two daughters, that she draws upon stories and experiences to help others. She holds a certificate in Adlerian Studies through the Idaho Society of Individual Psychology and a Montessori credential for children ages 2-12.
Co-Chair - Ari Hurtado de Molina - Mexico City, Mexico
Ari Hurtado is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer. She has been passionate about creating respectful relationships since 1994 when she first read Positive Discipline. She has been teaching Positive Discipline since 2005 to parents and teachers. Since 2009, Ari has been part of the leadership team in a school in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she lives Positive Discipline with kids, teachers, parents, and administrators. She promotes Positive Discipline from her heart by living it within herself and with her family whom she describes as having been the best support for everything she has done. She is honored to be serving as a Board Member for the second time.
Officer: Treasurer - Suzie Bohm - Atlanta, GA
Director - Yogi Patel - San Diego, CA
Yogi Patel is a Certified Montessori Teacher with training from Association Montessori Internationale and a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters. Yogi founded two Montessori Schools in 2001 in San Diego prior to retiring in 2018. She is now focusing her passion on a company she founded in 2018, Heartfelt Parenting, through which she offers PD seminars and educational training to teachers, parents, and children of all ages. Yogi also offers school consultations and volunteers as an early childhood advocate at the state level in California. Yogi is currently a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the PDA. She is passionate and feels fulfilled when helping children and the elderly to obtain and maintain a sense of belonging and significance.
Director - Gloria Cleve - Dawson Creek, BC, Canada
Gloria Cleve is a PDA Trainer living in Dawson Creek, BC, Canada. She is an Early Childhood Educator and has a Diploma in Public Administration. For 12 years she has held the position of Early Learning Project Manager in School District 59 Peace River South. She has been successful in getting grants from numerous sources to go into communities and teach Positive Discipline.
Adviser to the Board - Cheryl Erwin
Cheryl Erwin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, parenting coach, and speaker with almost 30 years of experience in Positive Discipline. She is the co-author with Jane Nelsen of several books in the bestselling “Positive Discipline” series as well as the new “Positive Discipline for Early Childhood Educators” training manual. Cheryl is a popular international speaker and professional development trainer. Cheryl is married with one adult son and two remarkable grandchildren.