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.
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 Master's Degree in 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 Master's 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". 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 - Egypt
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 over 100 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.
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 to 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!
Sarah Joseph is an Author, Therapist, and Positive Discipline Trainer. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia,
Canada with her husband, two kids, and dog. Sarah has been supporting families through classes, workshops, and therapy
since 2009, and has been working with schools since 2016. Sarah enjoys speaking at conferences and facilitating
professional development workshops as well. She has a Masters in Social Work along with graduate studies in supporting
people who have experienced trauma. She is the author of the Amazon best selling children’s book Animals in my
Brain, A kid’s guide to understanding and controlling their behaviour, the eBook Peaceful Parenting;
7 Strategies for Creating More Peace in Your Family and the forthcoming book Cultivate, more of what you want.
Her articles have been featured online in publications like Natural Parents Network, Vancouver Mom, Modern Mama,
Kid’s Vancouver, and The Survival Guide for Rookie Moms. Sarah enjoys reading, camping, and travelling. In 2019, Sarah
visited Kenya and facilitated the first Positive Discipline classes in the country.