Co-Chair - Nadine Gaudin - France
Nadine Gaudin is a PDCT and a teacher. She has taught for 15 years and stopped in 2014 to only do Positive Discipline. The most important part of her actual work is to train teachers in Positive Discipline. She currently trains the teachers of the public and private schools of State of Geneva (Switzerland). She also trains schools in France where she lives and in international or local schools around the world (Singapore, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Morocco, UK and Netherlands…). She has worked to develop PD in over 40 schools in the past 3 years. She also does TPs and parenting classes. She has been working actively in the French PD association ADPF since it started in 2012 (as a board member, leading the French mentor group, organizing the annual conference…). She has lived in Québec and in the UK and cultural awareness is very important to her as she has a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Bernard her husband and 3 children (17, 15, 13) help her deepen her understanding of PD on a daily basis.
Treasurer - Kelly Pfeiffer - Greenville, SC
Kelly Pfeiffer has been teaching Positive Discipline workshops to parents and child care providers for sixteen years. Over the years, she progressed to the Trainer level and later the Lead Trainer level and served on the PDA board in its early years. Her love is training adults so she frequently presents new activities at Think Tank and enjoys donating her time and talents working on the Think Tank Planning Committee. Kelly lives in South Carolina with her husband and teaches Positive Discipline through her business, Think It Through Parenting.
Secretary - Lois Ingber - Carlsbad, CA
Lois Ingber, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California and a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer. As a therapist, consultant, trainer and coach, she has helped families and schools create greater cooperation and mutually respectful relationships for over 25 years. Lois is a frequent presenter at conferences on the topics of Adlerian Psychology, family counseling, parenting and creating cooperative classrooms and schools. She is co-author with Jody McVittie, M.D. of "BRIDGES," a manual for preventing and intervening with school behavior problems. She helped found and currently participates in the "Positive Discipline Mentor Group of Southern California." Lois says the two best things she has done in her life are being married with her husband and being mother to their 13 year old daughter.
Board Member - Cathy Kawakami - San Jose, CA
Cathy Kawakami is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer from San Jose, CA. She offers Positive Discipline training for parents and schools who are looking for an effective discipline approach that integrates social and emotional learning while reducing challenging behaviors. She has been working with schools in the US and abroad for over 10 years. Cathy specializes in parent participation and cooperative school programs and has additional training in early childhood education. She is passionate about sharing Positive Discipline with others and improving relationships for all. She and her husband Stan are the parents of 13 and 16 year old daughters. You can contact Cathy through her website at www.middlegroundparenting.com
Ex-Officio Director - Kelly Gfroerer - Atlanta, GA
Dr. Kelly Gfroerer is the Director of Training and Research 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. She currently is co-authoring the book, Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers, with Jane Nelsen. Their book is based on the Positive Discipline Tool Cards for Teachers.
Board Member - Kristin Hovious - Chicago, IL
As a Positive Discipline Certified Trainer, Kristin combines a career of teaching and serving with her passion for creating mutually respectful environments for families, children, classrooms and schools. In her collaboration with teachers, administrations and families, Kristin’s goal is to help facilitate opportunities for adults and students to become compassionate leaders, with the hope that doing so will help build more peaceful communities.
Kristin found the work of Positive Discipline during her research for Chicago Public School options for her two elementary aged children, who remain both her best teachers and the encouragement for her continued learning. She resides in Chicago with her husband, children and evolving menagerie of animals.
Board Member - Suzanne Smitha McPherson - Stanley, NC
Suzanne has been teaching Positive Discipline for home and school since 1991. Now retired, she worked as a school psychologist for over 35 years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System where she applied PD skills in her daily interaction with students, teachers, administrators and parents. She especially loves working with schools and co-authored the manuals, Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom, Teachers' Guide: Activities for Students and Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom Leaders' Guide: Resources and Activities. She has two adult daughters and four grandchildren and loves Bluegrass music. Suzanne served on the board for a number of years when the PDA was transitioning into a non-profit organization and is excited about returning to serve again at this time.
Brad Ainge - Salt Lake City, UT
Brad has been involved with Positive Discipline since he graduated from college in 1988. He is CEO of www.positivediscipline.com
and has been working as a consultant with the Positive Discipline Association since the non-profit formed in 2004. Most recently Brad has been in charge of renovating the website and streamlining the customer service department. If you call the PDA, Brad will be the person answering the phone and will make sure you get the answers you need.
Gina Graham - Peru
Gina Graham, Peru, is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Child Psychologist. Gina has been working for 16 years as a Psychotherapist for children and adolescents. Currently, she is a part of a Ph.D. program in Psychology conducting research on Positive Discipline in Peru. Gina holds a Masters Degree of Health Psychology. She is the author of several educational and therapeutic games for children. Gina is the founder of CRIANZA POSITIVA.
She works actively to spread Positive Discipline, not only in Peru where she lives, but also in other countries in South America, Central America, and Spain. Gina lives in Peru with her family, and she strongly believes that every person in the world can make a difference, and influence a better world.
Shuli Zheng - China
Shuli Zheng is a certified Positive Discipline Trainer, China National Certified Psychology Therapist, Vice President of Human Resource Department of China Positive Discipline Association, Member of The North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, and Postgraduate of Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology.
During her Advanced Candidate Training she found her life mission: to teach Positive Discipline and support the PDA. For many years, she has been working with different cultural backgrounds and people in different multinational organizations. She helped set up the Chinese Positive Discipline Association where she serves in the board as the vice president of Human resources supporting a team of 50+ volunteers. She believes through teaching Positive Discipline and serving the PDA, she is supporting the future of the world. Shuli lives in Shenzhen with her husband and her two daughters. She also co-founded an educational organization called Sanyou International Education. She teaches and promotes Positive Discipline to families, schools and communities.