Penny Davis


Professionally, Penny has been a parent educator in a variety of settings for almost 30 years. She began her career as a social worker in the Child Protective Services field, working with birth families as well as with foster and adoptive parents. After moving from Canada to California in 1977, she coordinated a school-based counseling program serving high risk children and their families, as well as providing training for students, administrators and parents, for a non-profit agency. She then developed and implemented another school-based program at the same agency, providing classes for pregnant and parenting teens.
Penny has been an adjunct faculty member in the Child Development Department of a community college since 1986, where she now teaches a full semester ‘Parent-Child Interaction’ class.   Currently, she also holds a full time position at a second community college as Director of the Foster and Kinship Care Education program. This program provides continuing education classes for licensed foster parents, kinship providers and others.
As a Parent Educator/Consultant and Certified Positive Discipline Associate, Penny has provided many workshops and classes for parents, teachers, child care providers, early childhood staff, social workers, community organizations and others on topics pertinent to living and working with children.    Participants in her seminars describe her as "passionate, caring, dynamic, knowledgeable and definitely fun."
Personally, Penny has two daughters, now adults, and was a single parent during most of their growing-up years. She remarried in 2001, and now has two adult stepchildren and 2 grandsons. She and her husband reside in southern California.
Penny earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada., and received her Master of Arts degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.

Lynn Lott


Lynn Lott is a nationally-known therapist in marriage, child, and family counseling. She has traveled across the nation presenting lectures and workshops.  Everywhere she goes, people enjoy her lively, interactive, informative, thought-provoking and useful presentations.  Lynn has co-authored over a dozen books including Do-It-Yourself Therapy. Positive Discipline for Teenagers, Positive Discipline A-Z, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, Positive Discipline for Parenting in Recovery, and Chores Without Wars.  She has appeared on the Phil Donahue Show, The Today Show, The Home Show and Joan Rivers.  She is a diplomate in Adlerian Psychology.

Lynn works as a marriage & family therapist in private practice in both Santa Rosa and Pt. Richmond, California. She founded and directed the Family Education Center for 13 years, founded Summerfield Counseling and Educational Services, worked as an Associate Professor at Sonoma State University, teaching courses in nursing, psychology, counseling and education and has served as a member of the California State Advisory Board for Drug Prevention Programs.   Some of the organizations Lynn has consulted with include Kaiser Permanente, North American Society of Adlerian Psychologists, the Sonoma County Foundation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Criminal Justice.


Lynn holds a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco (1978) and a Masters Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University (1977).  She is a licensed MFT and a BBSE Provider in California.
Lynn Lott
708 Stewart St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


Parenting Teens: They Still Need You, But in Different Ways
--Use "follow through," the only surefire way to get chores done
--Understand your teens and why they do what they do
--Discover what teens want their parents to know
--Find out how to communicate with your teen
--Learn 10 parenting skills to use when punishment doesn't work

Increasing Your Effectiveness as a Therapist

--Discover interventions that help your clients heal and find their voice
--Learn how to apply the blueprint and tools of Do It Yourself Therapy in your practice
--Enjoy working with a practical, effective and encouraging Adlerian therapist
--Find ways to fill your cup while you help others

Mind-Body Personal Awareness Retreats

--Stay in the beautiful Sierras while participating in yoga, tai chi, Adventure Challenge course, and group therapy
--Learn how to replace unhealthy thinking and behaving with new patterns
--Discover your invisible rule book, fill your personal tool box and work on individual issues
--Connect with others in an encouraging and safe retreat setting

How to Think, Feel and Act Like a New Person with
Do-It-Yourself Therapy

--Discover both a blueprint and a toolbox full of tools for change
--Replace a medical model with a relational approach to healing
--Develop a realistic view of change and how to break through resistance to change
--Uncover your invisible rule book and learn how to rescript early decisions
--Find out what feelings are, how to name them and make friends with them


"Her humor and personal stories helped me  believe the theories presented."
"Lynn has a magnetic presentation and relates to all of us easily."
"I loved the way Lynn made the information so applicable and simplistic. I feel I'm going away with a lot of tools."
"Lynn is so clear, precise and practical that parents can take it home and start doing it right now."
"More, more, more with Lynn!!!"

For workshops, conferences, seminars and personal growth retreats, contact Lynn at 707/526-3141, ext. 3#, or email her at lynnlott@sbcglobal.net

Jane Weed-Pomerantz

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Jane has been involved with Positive Discipline since 1996. She received her Certification as a Positive Discipline Associate in January 2002, with certification in both Teaching Parenting and PD in the Classroom. She has been a Board member and co-chair of the Positive Discipline Association and is one of the PDA’s Lead Trainers.

Twice a year, Jane teaches 8-week classes through the Santa Cruz City School District Adult School in Positive Discipline for All Ages and Parenting Teenagers. She continues to facilitate classes for Parenting in Recovery in the minimum-security facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, and in the general community in Santa Cruz County.

Jane is a popular speaker for area pre-schools, middle school Parent Clubs and churches. She has conducted in-service trainings for teachers in a wide variety of schools and is working with several schools districts for whole school training and implementation of Positive Discipline in the Classroom.

She facilitates 2-day trainings in Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom in the Santa Cruz/San Francisco Bay area and will go nearly anywhere to further this work! Besides being a CPDT, she is the Chair of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County and is on the Advisory Boards of the Parent Leadership Institute, and the Santa Cruz Education Foundation.

She is married to a San Jose Fire Captain and mother of 4 children ranging in ages from 14 to 24. She has a Bachelors Degree in Community Studies at University of California at Santa Cruz, a Certificate in Training and Human Resource Development, was a City Council member and Mayor of Santa Cruz in the 1980’s, and has been a professional facilitator for over 25 years.

Laurie Prusso

As a full time instructor of Child Development at Modesto Junior College in California, Laurie has daily contact with eager learners. She has many years of experience working with children of all ages, teaching adults, and sharing life with parents and teachers in many settings. In addition to her full-time work as an instructor, she has been a preschool teacher and director of a Parent Co-op, has worked in the public schools in a variety of capacities, and has provided parent education programs for many years.

Laurie has been a regular presenter at educational and child development conferences for many years. Her most popular topics for Early Educators are:

Discipline: the Development of Self-Control
Where did I get a child like this?
What Makes Teachers Tick
Play: The Way Children Learn
Behavior is language
If it’s not Positive it’s not Discipline.

Her first and favorite role is that of mother. With six grown children (all sons), and 6+ grandchildren, Laurie has over one hundred and fifty years of experience parenting.

Laurie is a Positive Discipline Associate with over 20 years of experience teaching and training adults. Laurie received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a Master’s Degree in Education from California State University.

Bill Spencer

Along with his duties as principal, Bill presents staff development workshops on Positive Discipline in the Classroom to teachers in his school district. He also works with teachers individually on classroom management strategies. In his spare time he teaches parent education classes to parents of elementary, junior high and high school age children.

He has worked as a special education teacher, a high school counselor and as a dean of students at the junior high level. Prior to coming to Oak Hills High School, he was the Dropout Prevention Coordinator where in a five year period the drop out rate went from 19 % to 5.6 %.

Bill has been a consultant for other school districts and has presented Positive Discipline in the Classroom workshops and Teaching Parenting workshops throughout California.

Bill, who is married and has two teenage daughters, has worked as a public school educator for more than 20 years.
Bill Spencer is the Director of Student and Community Outreach for Atascadero High School in Atascadero, California, where behavior problems and referrals are kept to a minimum because the teachers practice the Positive Discipline principles daily. As a result, students learn self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem-solving skills.

Dr. Jane Nelsen

Dr. Jane Nelsen the founder of Positive Discipline. She is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in San Diego, CA. She is the author and/or coauthor of the Positive Discipline series of books and manuals.

Jane is the co-developer of the following two-day training workshops:

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way and Positive Discipline in the Classroom


21 Tools for Avoiding Power Struggles While Encouraging Valuable Life Skills.

Positive Discipline:
· Positive Discipline for Developing Capable People
· Building Self-Esteem through Positive Discipline
· Keys to Developing Self-Reliance: A Gift to Our Children
· The Significant Seven: Life Skills for Adults and Youth
· Positive Discipline: Practical Application
· Why Children Misbehave and What to Do About It

Parenting Teenagers:
· Empowering Teenagers and Yourself in the Process

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way:
· Two-day training for parent educators

Classroom Management:
· Shared Responsibility through Class Meetings: Eliminating your Role as a disciplinarian (The Kids Can Do It Better Anyway)
· Positive Discipline in the Classroom (two-day training on class meetings)
· We’ve Got to Keep Meeting Like This (teacher inservice on class meetings)
· School Administrators: Positive Discipline in the Classroom (two-day training with Bill Scott, principal of Birney Elementary School)


“We could not have asked to receive any more valuable information than that which you gave us! Your information was straightforward and detailed as to dealing with all ages of children and family relationships. If I had to choose a description of your presentation which made it most meaningful, ‘a common-sense approach to parenting’ would be my description.”

Leslie Hayes, Co-Chair, Alcohol and Drug Conference, Junior League of Hunstsville, Inc.

“Everyone felt you presented ideas and approaches useful at home and in the classroom, enhancing discipline, communication, and most of all promoting the self-esteem and dignity of our children. Your enthusiastic, insightful (keynote) presentation set the tone for the whole day, presenting outstanding models of intervention and prevention for children ‘at risk’.”

Bruce Ettinger, Executive Director, The Children’s Institute

“We felt your workshop on Positive Discipline/Empowering Teens and Yourself in the Process was of great value. We continuously refer to your presentation. Parents tell me they are putting into practice the things they learned from you, and it is working! I’ve run community education programs for over eight years and I must say this is the first one that actually gives people the skills and techniques to make changes. Your straightforward and common-sense approach is enlightening in dealing with children of all ages and family relationships.”

Karen Pierce,HCA Portsmouth Pavilion

“I just wanted to let you know that I continue to hear nothing but positive feedback about the seminar you presented before our 450 workshop participants. Your content, style, and sense of humor made the presentation a memorable and inspiring one for everyone involvedundefinedparents, teachers, and counseling professionals Thanks for bringing your important message to our community. I know you’ve made a lasting impact on the way I interact with my own family, and I’m sure that other parents who attended would say the same.”

Cindi Anthony, St. Alcuin Montessori School, Dallas, TX

Dear Jane,

The Sierra College Foster and Kinship Care Education staff, the conference committee and all who attended our Foster and Kinship Success Day event wish to express our sincere appreciation for your keynote presentation and your workshops on "Positive Discipline for Developing Capable People."

The evaluations of your presentations were overwhelmingly positive and according to many, were the highlights of the day for them. They expressed an interest in having you return for future trainings, as well. Several felt they would like to have had more time to ask questions and benefit from your extensive knowledge and experience in parenting. We do hope you will consider being involved in our training sessions in the future so that you can continue to reach a broad audience of our foster parents.

Thank you for spending the day with us at Sierra College. We appreciate the role you played in honoring and showing support for our foster and kinship care providers and the valuable work all of you are doing.

It was my pleasure to meet you and to affirm the positive reactions expressed by those who have been involved in your presentations before. Please accept my apology for not thanking you in person at the end of the session.


Roselene Kelley
Sierra College
Director Foster and Kinship Care Education Program

Lori Onderwyzer

Lori Onderwyzer is an inspiring and genuine speaker and facilitator who lives and models the Positive Discipline principles she teaches. She was mentored in Positive Discipline and class meetings and originally trained by Jane Nelsen (co-founder of Positive Discipline) and has worked closely with several of our thoroughly trained highly experienced Positive Discipline professionals.

 Lori has been a certificated teacher and educational consultant for 20 years. She has taught every grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade in such diverse settings as the inner city, migrant farming communities, international schools, middle class and blue-collar neighborhoods, charter schools and in small groups and one on one educational environments.
These experiences have given her a keen insight into the challenges and concerns experienced by people from very poor communities to very wealthy ones-- and everything in between. She understands there is a different “culture” in each community and is sensitive to their differing needs.

She has a special ability to create a safe and nurturing environment where participants feel comfortable to take risks to help them learn and practice new skills.
Lori works with students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators.  Her areas of interest include using social and emotional education as the foundation for academic understanding and excellence and as a result spends a great deal of time in the classrooms of the schools in which she works to connect new teachers with model mentors and best practices skills.  She has particular aptitude in supporting educators both during the school day and in after-school programs to believe in themselves and believe that they may step up and reach higher goals by going back to the heart of why they became teachers--- by taking baby steps in planned and encouraging ways.

Lori has presented at educational and professional conferences in both the US and abroad and often has had standing room only or had to turn folks away as the result of rooms being filled to capacity.

Lori took several years off when her children were very young and had the great privilege of playing around with the many families she was involved with and this part of her life has lead to parent classes and workshops and even individual parent and family coaching which is very enjoyable and exciting.

Nothing makes me feel better than to see adults and children meeting in mutually respectful ways, growing, and nurturing and teaching each other.  This is peace on earth!

She lives with her husband and 2 children in Oakland, California. She has been practicing Positive Discipline in schools and her home for over 15 years.

Sample Topic and Current Workshops and Classes Offered:

Positive Discipline for School Aged Children

Positive Discipline for Preschoolers

Positive Discipline in the Classroom

Positive Discipline for Teens

Positive Discipline for the After School Program

Cracking the Code of Misbehavior

Re-Igniting the Flame- Bringing the Joy back into Teaching

Teaching Parenting the Positive Discipline Way’

7 week Parenting with Positive Discipline

Cracking the Code of Misbehavior

Sibling Rivalry-It’s not because they Hate Each Other (OR)

How to Avoid Power Struggles

Level of Training

    * Speakers Bureau
    * Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer
    * Certified PD Trainer (Teaching Parenting)
    * Certified PD Trainer (Positive Discipline In the Classroom)
    * Certified PD Parenting Educator (TP Graduate) 

Noha Alshugairi

Noha Alshugairi received her M.S. in Counseling (2007) from California State University, Fullerton, and her B.A. in Zoology (1986) from Rutgers University. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Newport Beach, California.  

Noha used the Adlerian principles of parenting while raising her 4 children and credits this parenting shift with the successful navigation of the turbulent teen years. In 2007, she was serendipitously introduced to the Positive Discipline philosophy and instantly became an advocate. Noha believes strongly that a well-connected adult-child relationship is necessary for preventing many social, emotional, and psychological challenges. With that in mind, she gained her certification as a Positive Discipline Trainer in 2008. She is grateful to have been trained originally by Jane Nelsen and Jody McVittie and mentored by Dina Emser.   

As a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Noha has conducted many workshops and classes for parents, teachers, child care providers, community organizations and others on topics related to building a well-connected adult-child relationship. She is passionate about spreading the PD message and would love to be invited to share it.

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