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, CACathy 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.
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.
Officer: Treasurer - Suzie Bohm - Atlanta, GA
Director - Wu Ying(Judy) - Shanghai, China
Judy Wu is a Certified Psychological Counselor (P.R.China) with a private practice in Shanghai, China. 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 - 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.