BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 - 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.
Co-Chair - Jody Malterre - Boise, ID
Jody Malterre, MAEd, is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead 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.
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 - Esmat Lamei - Cairo, Egypt
Esmat Lamei is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer from Egypt. She is the founder and CEO of Groupe Scolaire Oasis (GSO), the umbrella organization for Oasis International School which has been a Positive Discipline Lab School since 2019. She has over 30 years of experience heading and leading K-12 schools in Cairo. Her commitment goes beyond her own school as evidenced by a signed protocol between GSO and the Ministry of Education where Esmat leads the Egyptian International School implementing Positive Discipline. Esmat recently became a grandmother and is experiencing the value of Positive Discipline in a different light with her remarkable grandson.
Director - Omneya Askar - Cairo, Egypt
Omneya Askar is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and Founder of the Arab Positive Discipline - Egypt Affiliate. A former teacher and school principal, she believes in the universality of Positive Discipline and Adlerian principles, and in their alignment with her values and culture. Omneya has trained hundreds of parents and teachers across Egypt and the Middle East. To support parents during Covid-19, she offered Positive Discipline live workshops on Facebook that reached an audience of about 250,000 people. Omneya is the mother of four girls whom she considers her main source of love, learning, and inspiration.
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.
Advisor to the Board - Patel, Yogi - San Diego, California
Yogi Patel is a Certified Montessori Teacher with training from the Association Montessori Internationale and a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer. She founded two Montessori Schools in 2001 in San Diego retiring in 2018. Now, she focuses her passion on a company she founded in 2018, Heartfelt Parenting. Through it, she offers PD seminars and educational training to teachers, parents, and children of all ages in addition to being a consultant. Yogi volunteers as an early childhood advocate at the state level in California. In her adviser role with the PDA, she is focused on Global Community Outreach in high need areas and is interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Yogi is passionate and feels fulfilled when helping children and the elderly to obtain and maintain a sense of belonging and significance. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters.