Co-Chair - Dina Emser - Chicago, IL
Dina Emser is an author, Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and leadership coach. Over the last 18 years, Dina has served thousands of professionals through her trainings, individual coaching and coaching groups. A former principal of an Adlerian elementary/middle school, Dina was certified as a Lead Trainer with Positive Discipline in 1999, and as a Professional Coach in 2000. She has worked on 4 continents with schools and companies who wish to expand their leadership.
Dina believes in a strengths-based approach, and knows from experience that people naturally contribute more and serve more effectively when they are encouraged. She is a contributing author of Roadmap to Success with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard. In 2009 she wrote her first solo book, Trusting the Fortune Within.
Dina resides in the Midwest with her husband, sculptor Bob Emser. She is the mother of two young adults, and a new grandmother.
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 Stan are the parents of 13 and 16 year old daughters. You can contact Cathy through her website at www.middlegroundparenting.com
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.
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. 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.
Director - 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.
Director - 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.
Director - 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.
Consultant - Ari Hurtado de Molina - Mexico City, Mexico
Ari has been a passionate for respectful relationships since 1994, when she first read Positive Discipline. She has been teaching Positive Discipline since 2005 to parents and teachers. Since 2009 she had the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team in a school in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she lived Positive Discipline with kids, teachers, parents and administrators. She promotes Positive Discipline from her heart by living it with herself and her family who have been the best support for everything she has done. She is honored to be serving as a Board member for the second time.
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.
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.
Leydi Garcia - Colombia
Leydi is a mother of two children. She has more than 12 years of experience with Positive Discipline in her personal and professional life, and is convinced that we can educate and raise our children through love and respect. She is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer (CPDT) and a Specialist in School Neuropsychology. She is a founding member and current president of Asociación de de Disciplina Positiva Colombia (Positive Discipline Association Colombia).
Since 2011, she has been facilitating workshops allowing Positive Discipline to be implemented in more families and institutions.
Natalia Calderón - Costa Rica
Clinical Psychologist - Specialist in Learning Difficulties - Language Therapist. Mother of 2 children and grandmother of 1 grandson. Director of CELA. With over 31 years of experience working with children, youth and adults. Founder Positive Discipline - Costa Rica.
Fionnuala Hoffmann - Germany
Irish born Fionnuala is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Trainer Candidate. She holds a BA in English and Applied Psychology from University College Cork, Ireland and has several years teaching experience in both the public and private sector in Germany. Fionnuala 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 Positive Discipline.
Abla Benbachir - Morocco
Abla is a clinical psychologist and Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She worked with children with special needs and as a school psychologist for many years. She currently works with parents and schools through her country, offering conferences, workshops and psychotherapy.
She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and does her best to spread Positive Discipline in Morocco. She 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 better information.
Susie Zhang - China
Susie is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, who pioneered Positive Discipline parenting training in China. Susie has worked with the authors of Positive Discipline to integrate the model into the Chinese culture by translating materials into Chinese, and with the Positive Discipline Association to promote Positive Discipline in China. She is the mother of two girls.
Omneya Askar - Egypt
Omneya has a passion for teaching and the love of children. She started her career as a teacher, now she is a school principal. She became a PD Trainer in 2012 and has delivered parenting workshops to hundreds of people. She is the first to introduce PDC in Egypt. She is trying hard to make her school a Positive Discipline School Model, and her ultimate goal is to spread the word to as many people as she can to develop respectful relationships in families, schools and community. She has been married for 24 years, and has four girls.
Philippe Hochstrasser - Switzerland
Philippe is a Positive Discipline Certified Trainer (PDCT), 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, Positive Discipline Trainer for parents and teachers, working with Positive Discipline 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 Positive Discipline tools for Mental Health Systems, public and private schools in California and Brazil. She is the mother of two children: one son in middle school and one daughter in elementary school.
Wu Ying(Judy) - China
Judy is a Certified Psychological Counselor (P.R.China), Positive Discipline Trainer, individual practice in Shanghai, closely working with parents, deep understanding of Positive Discipline and how Positive Discipline meets the needs of Chinese parents. She’s devoted in promoting Positive Discipline and Adlerian based counseling since 2014. Before that She worked in a global company for more than 14 years in Human Resource and Competence Management area, with rich experience of working in diversified culture background.
Gloria Cleve - Canada
Gloria is a Certified in Teaching Parenting Trainer (working on PDC Trainer credential). She has a Diploma in Public Administration and is the 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.
Sylwia Anderson-Hanney - Poland
Sylwia is a Coach, Therapist and Positive Discipline Trainer. Experienced specialist in work with dysfunctional families, drawing on an academic background in child education, therapy, coaching and mediation. Happy mother of 9-year-old Robert, 5-year-old Rosie 2-year-old Leonardo and step-mom for 14-year-old Kuba and 9-year-old Nina.
Neda Djavdan-Badcoubei -The Netherlands
Neda is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She loves working with parents and teachers and coaching them to apply the Positive Discipline principles so they feel empowered. Neda is the co-founder of Positive Discipline Nederland and she publishes 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 mankind. She enjoys helping families, schools, and organizations grow children into responsible, respectful, and happy adults.
Cristina Sanz Ferrero - Spain
Cristina Sanz Ferrero is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and 0 to 6 Montessori Directress and Trainer. She has 15 years experience as a teacher with a variety of ages in different British schools in Spain and in the UK, where she earned her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Modern Foreign Languages in 2005. She holds a Masters Degree in Montessori Education.
While working as an Early Years teacher, Cristina discovered Positive Discipline in 2011, something that changed radically her understanding of child behavior and human relationships, which finally led her to study Montessori pedagogy in depth. Thanks to many inspirational and encouraging people she has met along the way, she has found her mission in life: to support children through their families and teachers by helping them create trusting and encouraging environments for all, something she does mainly 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's passion for Positive Discipline is very connected with her personal and previous professional life..... tear walls, cross borders, go beyond barriers and find ways to work together.
Mother of six, having lived and worked in 4 continents, coordinated international projects in development and cooperation, was a consultant in management and worked with mothers in suburbs and ghettos.
She was part of the founding team in France, involved in the translation of the guides and books, and is now eager and happy to disseminate Positive Discipline in places as different as parenting groups in France or abroad, reformatory, international luxury companies, preschool in Burkina Faso, schools, and charities.