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: 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 - Yogi Patel - San Diego, CA
Yogi Patel is a Certified Montessori Teacher with training from the 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.
Director - Núria Rodríguez Font
Núria is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Founder of Positive Discipline Labs, and Member of the Positive Discipline Association in Spain. She has worked in personnel development for more than 20 years in multinational companies and schools. This has included work in Human Resources and as Senior Change Management Consultant for various industries like IT/Telecom, Insurance Services, Financial Services, and Public Institutions. While working in schools, Núria was a Middle and High School teacher, Head of an SEL and Counseling Program, and a High School Principal. She specializes in helping teams, schools, and organizations manage change through the design of implementation plans and accompanying them in the process. Núria has experienced the value of Positive Discipline in her role as parent to 3 children between the ages of 12 and 26, teacher, high school principal, and educational consultant.
Director - Wu Ying (Judy)
Judy Wu is a Certified Psychological Counselor, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, and Encouragement Consultant Master Trainer in Shanghai, China. She has more than 10 years experience in psychological counseling, working with families and parents, and deep understanding of Adlerian Psychology. Judy has been devoted to promoting Positive Discipline since 2014. She's a mother of twin boys.
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.