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 - 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 are the parents of 15 and 18 year old daughters. Cathy can be contacted through her website at www.middlegroundparenting.com.
Co-Chair - Jody Malterre
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. She can be reached at www.parentteachercoach.com.
Officer: 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 30 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 daughter, age 17.
Officer: Treasurer - Suzie Bohm - Atlanta, GA
Suzie Bohm is the Treasurer for the Positive Discipline Association. She is a financial consultant residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Suzie has practiced accounting for over twenty years, working with companies of all sizes from start-ups to global enterprises. She graduated from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce.
Director - Kelly Pfeiffer - Greenville, SC
Kelly Pfeiffer is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and has been teaching Positive Discipline workshops to parents and child care providers for sixteen years. This is Kelly’s second term on the board. Kelly’s love is training adults, and she frequently teaches in China. Kelly presents new activities at Think Tanks 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.
Director - 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.
Director - Wu Ying(Judy)
Judy Wu is a Certified Psychological Counselor (P.R.China) with a private practice in Shanghai. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. Judy works closely with parents, sharing a deep understanding of Positive Discipline and how it can meet the needs of Chinese parents. She has been dedicated to promoting Positive Discipline and Adlerian-based counseling since 2014. Before this, Judy worked in a global company for more than 14 years in Human Resource and Competence Management, with a rich experience in diverse cultural backgrounds. Judy is the mother of twin boys.
Director - Yogi Patel
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 has now focused 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 on 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
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.
Jill Stansbury- Shanghai, China
Jill Stansbury has been a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007. Her work experience includes over twenty years of teaching and leading schools at all levels from preschool to high school in America and abroad. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University in Chicago, IL and is an American Montessori Society certified teacher. She has also worked in Reggio and International Baccalaureate schools. Based in Shanghai, Jill works to grow the Positive Discipline community in Asian international schools and is an active member of the Positive Discipline Association Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
Gina Graham - PeruGina Graham is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and Child Psychologist. Gina has been working for 16 years as a Psychotherapist for children and adolescents. Currently, she is 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 also the founder of CRIANZA POSITIVA. She works actively to spread Positive Discipline, not only in Peru but in other countries in South America, Central America, and Spain. Gina uses PD in her family, and strongly believes that every person in the world can make a difference, and influence a better world.
Sr. Rosemary Arrah - Cameroon
Sr. Rosemary Arrah received a Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Education from College of Saint Mary Omaha, and holds Masters Degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer for Parenting, Classroom and Early Childhood. Sr. Rosemary has experience in literacy and learning, leadership and technology. Sr. Rosemary is passionate to influence others for the common good, and for her, PD is a daily life experience of creating respectful interactions and connections. She has served more than 20 years as a religious sister in the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus. As a PD Trainer, she adapts her experiences in the classroom, workplace, and human relationships to enrich her trainees.
Sr. Rosemary lives and works in Cameroon and serves as school leader for a boarding school for middle and high school girls. Apart from her work as a principal, she promotes literacy in Africa and founded “Reading Drive For Africa,” www.readingdrive.org. In addition to the core PD certification workshops, Sr. offers training in whole school literacy in African schools, and workshops for women in Christian women organizations.
Amina Diab is a Child & Adolescent Psychologist, ABHT Certified Hypnotherapist, ABNLP Certified NLP Practitioner and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She strives to help families build stronger parent-child relationships using as foundations Adlerian psychology and evidence-based therapies. Amina utilizes a client-centered, solution-focused and humanistic approach to therapy developing a stronger, healthier sense of self while truly emphasizing one's strengths. Amina provides therapy for children and adolescents experiencing a range of behavioral, social, emotional and interpersonal concerns using her vast training and experience in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Play-Based Learning and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Amina is experienced in guiding families through divorce/separation, death of a loved one, witnessing/experiencing trauma, bullying, sexual/emotional/physical abuse, anger management, depression, anxiety and other disorders, and identifying developmental delays for early childhood.
Justine Yao-Taipei Taiwan
Justine Yao is a Licensed Counselor and Certified PD Trainer who has used the Adlerian approach and Positive Discipline in her daily counseling and training work for more than 12 years. She has led more than 250 parenting classes and Positive Discipline workshops in over100 cities in Asia, teaching Adlerian Psychology courses, and training others to use Adlerian counseling. Justine is now the director of Yahe Psychological Counseling and Training Center in Taiwan, as well as the founder and chairperson of Asia Adlerian Counseling and Application Association (AACAA). She has an M.E. in Psychology and counseling degree from Taiwan University of Education. Justine is passionate in her life and work. She lives with her husband and 17 y.o. daughter.
Leydi Garcia - Colombia
Leydi Garcia is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and a Specialist in School Neuropsychology. She has more than 12 years experience with PD in her personal and professional life and is convinced that we can educate and raise our children through love and respect. Leydi is a founding member and current president of Asociación de Disciplina Positiva Colombia (Positive Discipline Association Colombia). Leydi has been facilitating workshops since 2011, enabling PD to be implemented in many families and institutions. She is the mother of two children.
Lori Onderwyzer - China
Lori Onderwyzer is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer. Her passion is to help adults to guide young people to become confident, capable, resourceful, resilient, responsible and contributing members of their communities. Lori has been a certificated teacher and educational consultant for 31 years teaching kindergarten through eighth grade in diverse settings including inner city, migrant, international, independent, public and charter schools. Lori works with students, teachers, counselors, administrators and parents providing workshops, professional development and classes. Currently, Lori has been growing Positive Discipline through training workshops and coaching in China and other regions of the world. She has presented at numerous educational and professional conferences in both the US and abroad including as a featured keynote speaker. Lori has been a member of the PDA since 2004 and served on the board in numerous capacities from 2008-2013. She shares that she has the great fortune to be married to a very understanding partner and to have two daughters 19 and 23 who “keep her in line,” and she is in awe and respect of their amazing young selves and power!
Natalia Calderón - Costa Rica
Natalia Calderon is a Clinical Psychologist, Specialist in Learning Difficulties and a Language Therapist. She is the mother of two, and a grandmother. Natalia is the Director of CELA. With over 31 years of experience working with children, youth and adults. She is the founder of Positive Discipline - Costa Rica.
Fionnuala Hoffmann - Germany
Fionnuala Hoffman was born in Ireland and currently lives in Germany. Fionnuala is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and holds a BA in English and Applied Psychology from University College Cork, Ireland. Fionnuala has several years teaching experience in both the public and private sector in Germany. She has three young sons and has lived in Berlin since 1998 with her German husband. She is passionate about helping as many families as possible benefit from the powerful Adlerian wisdom of PD.
Abla Benbachir - Morocco
Abla Benbachir is a clinical psychologist and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She has worked with children with special needs and as a school psychologist for many years. She currently works with parents and schools throughout her country, offering conferences, workshops and psychotherapy. Abla initiated the creation of the Moroccan Positive Discipline Association. Her belief is that we can make educational systems and relationships more respectful thanks to trainings and the useful information PD offers.
Susie Zhang - China
Susie Zhang is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer who pioneered Positive Discipline parenting training in China. Susie has worked with the authors of PD to integrate the model into the Chinese culture by translating materials into Chinese, and with the PDA to promote Positive Discipline in China. She is the mother of two girls.
Omneya Askar - Egypt
Omneya Askar loves children and has a passion for teaching. She started her career teaching and is now a school principal. Omneya is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and was the first to introduce PD in the Classroom in Egypt. She has delivered parenting workshops to hundreds of people. She is working toward her school being a Positive Discipline Model School, and her ultimate goal is to spread the principles and tools of PD to as many people as possible to develop respectful relationships in families, schools and community. She has been married for 24 years, and has four girls.
Philippe Hochstrasser - Switzerland
Philippe Hochstrasser is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, a coach and a retired teacher. He taught for 15 years in Geneva and worked abroad in different cultural environments for an additional 15 years. Philippe works with parents, teachers and educators in Geneva. He is active in public and private schools and other institutions in the French speaking part of Switzerland. His current activities include conferences, workshops and coaching aiming to interest as many people as possible to get involved with Positive Discipline. His goal is to develop Positive Discipline in Switzerland as well as making connections with Adlerian psychology. He believes in the power of encouragement and cooperation.
Fernanda Lee - Brazil
Fernanda Lee, M,Ed, is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer. She has used PD with parents and teachers since 2010. She also works as a School Counselor in California K-12, and is member of the American School Counselor Association. She has taught PD tools in public and private schools in both California and Brazil. She is the mother of two children.
Sylwia Anderson-Hanney - Poland
Sylwia Anderson-Hanney is a Coach, Therapist and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She is an experienced specialist with families, drawing on an academic background in child education, therapy, coaching and mediation. Sylwia is mother of three and step-mother of two.
Neda Djavdan-Badcoubei -The Netherlands
Neda Djavdan-Badcoubei is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She loves working with parents and teachers and coaching them to apply the PD principles to feel empowered and ecnouraged. Neda is the co-founder of Positive Discipline Netherlands and publishes the Positive Discipline books in Dutch. She believes that the key to education and parenting is building strong relationships based on mutual respect and that the world will benefit greatly from service done in the spirit of love for all humanity. Neda enjoys helping families and schools grow children into responsible, respectful, and happy adults, and organizations to thrive using PD tools.
Cristina Sanz Ferrero - Spain
Cristina Sanz Ferrero is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and a Montessori Directress and Trainer for 0-6. She has 15 years experience as a teacher with a variety of ages in British schools in Spain and the UK where she earned her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Modern Foreign Languages in 2005. Cristina holds a Masters Degree in Montessori Education. Cristina discovered Positive Discipline in 2011 while working as an Early Years teacher, something that radically changed her understanding of child behavior and human relationships and led her to study Montessori pedagogy in depth. Thanks to many inspirational and encouraging people she has met along the way, she found her mission in life: supporting children through their families and teachers by helping them create trusting and encouraging environments for all. Cristina fulfills this mission through conferences, parenting classes and teacher trainings with her business: Life Skills Escuela para la Vida. As a firm believer of the benefits of horizontal relationships and mutual respect she enjoys being an active member of Asociación Disciplina Positiva España which she helped found.
Rozenn Le Roux-Mion - France
Rozenn Le Roux-Mion’s passion for Positive Discipline is very connected with her personal and professional life: tearing down walls, crossing borders, going beyond barriers and finding ways to work together. Rozenn was part of the founding PD team in France, involved in the translation of the guides and books, and is eager and happy to disseminate PD in France and abroad. She has worked in diverse settings and places such as reformatory schools, international companies, preschools and schools, suburbs, ghettos, and charities. Rozenn has lived and worked on four continents and coordinates international projects in development and cooperation. She has also worked as a management consultant. Rozenn is mother to six children.