About Our Guests

Aisha Pope
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Aisha Pope is a licensed clinical social worker who has been a working in the San Diego area for nearly 15 years. Aisha has provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings, she has taught parent training courses to foster parents entering into specialized foster care with severely at risk youth and teaches positive discipline parenting classes and positive discipline for parenting through divorce. Aisha is warm and empathetic but direct and candid, I have firsthand experience with those qualities. 

She specializes in helping people make radical and sustainable changes in their personal lives, relationships, parenting, teaching, work and other areas. She takes a nonjudgmental solution focused approach to helping clients set goals and reach them. She works with individuals, couples, families, groups, schools and companies. Aisha has experience with and welcomes clients from diverse populations including various ethnic identities, religions, family constellations and LGBTQ communities. She is passionate about working with trauma, divorce, parenting, custody discussion, child welfare relationship discord, infertility, anxiety, depression and so much more.

Roots and Wings Consulting Website
Email Aisha at: aisha@contactraw.com

Marcilie Smith Boyle, MBA
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Marcilie Smith Boyle coaches high achieving parents and professionals towards authentic success so they can live, work and parent with more peace, purpose and joy. A certified positive discipline parenting trainer and career and leadership coach, Marcilie leverages her previous 6 year consulting and marketing career to ensure her clients get return on their coaching investment. Marcilie earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, B.A. from Dartmouth and CPPCC from the Coaches Training Institute.

Her services include career transition coaching, leadership coaching and parenting coaching for individuals and groups as well as parenting with positive discipline classes and speaking events both in the San Francisco Bay Area and online. She loves living in Oakland, California and is mother to three children ages 18, 16 and 11.


Kelly Pfeiffer
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Kelly Pfeiffer is a Positive Discipline lead trainer who trains parent educators and currently serves on the Positive Discipline Association Board of Directors. One of her favorite topics to teach parent educators is social emotional development, birth through age 18. She and her husband John blended a family when their children were ages 12, 13, 15 and 15. Now those children are all college graduates and Kelly has lots to share with us about her experience of raising 4 teenagers in the same house.

Think it Through Parenting Website

Lori Onderwyzer
Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

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Lori is a certified positive discipline lead trainer, certificated teacher, educational consultant and mother with 30 years of learning and experience. She truly lives and models the positive discipline principles she teaches. Her passion is to help adults guide young people to become confident, capable, resourceful, resilient and contributing members of their community and isn't that what we all want?

Lori works with students, teachers, counselors, administrators and parents in providing workshops, doing professional development coaching and classes in addition to providing staff development trainings, Lori has presented at numerous educational professional conferences in the U.S., Canada, China and Europe. Lori also continues to build a thriving parent education and coaching practice.

In this work she is particularly focused on helping families create more joyful and connected lives, yay, through continued coaching she helps parents discover and develop balanced styles that promote a sense of belonging and significance for all family members, which in turn helps to inspire confidence, mutual respect and self-discipline.  

Lori's a member of the Positive Discipline Association and has a special ability to create a safe and nurturing environment where people feel comfortable to take risks.

Email Lori at: wyzercpda@gmail.com

Izumi Takasi
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Izumi Takasi lives in Geneva, Switzerland and is a certified positive discipline educator and trainer for parents. She was certified in 2014 and she's the founder of I Positive Link. Izumi is also trained in positive discipline for early childhood settings and P.D. in the workplace. She has extensive experience in the corporate sector and is also a career coach, Izumi is the mother of a 16 year old son and her current family system is blended multicultural and multilingual.

iParenting Inc. Website


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My guest who comes on to talk about screens has requested to come on anonymously to protect the privacy of her children. She is an outstanding parent educator and trainer who speaks regularly to schools, parent, groups and teachers as a mother and certified positive discipline lead trainer her passions include bringing joy back into parenting and creating communities filled with dignity and respect. Drawing from a wealth of real life stories, she connects with her audience her warmth and compassion help create a trusted safe space for learning. Our guest has been teaching P.D. since 2001, providing thousands of adults with the tools to become more effective and joy filled in the demanding role of guiding the young, whether as a parent educator or a caregiver. Her training includes a certificate of professional studies and Adlerian psychology and her gifts include being observant compassionate and intuitive. She's grateful for her many mentors in her work, particularly her family. I am honored to be in conversation with her. She is a dear friend and mentor to me.

Jane Weed Pomerantz
Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

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Jane Weed Pomerantz was trained by Jane Nelson, the founder of positive discipline 22 years ago and is now one of 35 lead trainers internationally. She fulfills a Positive Discipline certification training for parent educators caregivers and therapists as well as teachers, school staff and administrators. She also conducts training for medical professionals at health clinics and has talked classes inside detention facilities for parenting in recovery from trauma. She has four grown children and a 2 year old granddaughter. Married to retired firefighter, she continues activism for a just, sustainable and better future for the planet.

Positive Discipline Community Resources Website
Email Jane at: janeweedpomerantz@gmail.com

Amy Lang
Positive Discipline Educator

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Amy Lang is a sexual health educator and has been for over 20 years. She teaches parents of all beliefs how to talk with kids of any age about the birds and the bees. She is the author of the books Dating Smarts: What Every Teen Needs to Date Relate or Wait and Birds and Bees and Your Kids: A Guide to Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships.

Amy is also a trained positive discipline educator and is raising a teenage son with her partner in Seattle, Washington.

Birds and Bees and Kids Website
Just Say This Podcast

Jody Malterre
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Jody Malterre enjoys having many roles. Helping families and kids as a Positive Discipline trainer, she works with both parents and teachers. Additionally she lives in the Montessori world where she is a teacher trainer at Westminster College. Much of her work blends these two practices together. Her firsthand experience working with teens comes from her two daughters who are currently 19 and 17. Recently she began working at a student run high school in Boise, Idaho where her daughter attends, which sounds completely fascinating, we're going to talk about this, gives her the courage to branch out into the world of offering classes for parents of teens.

Jody’s Website
Email Jody at: jody@parentteachercoach.com

Cathy Kawakami
Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

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Cathy Kawakami is a lead trainer with the Positive Discipline Association and the owner of Middle Ground Parenting based in San Jose, California. She is passionate about sharing positive relationship building skills with schools, families and communities. She has over 10 years of experience offering professional development parent training and specializes in early childhood and parent participation in schools. Hi, Cathy, thanks so much for being part of the summit.  

Middle Ground Parenting Website

Hilary Diouf
Positive Discipline Educator

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Hilary Diouf is a mother of a teenager and a pre-teen, as a social care worker she has 20 years of experience working with young people and families experiencing difficult situations. She has worked in Ireland, Switzerland and now lives in Canada where she brings her sensitivity of cultural differences to her work with caregivers.

Hillary believes that mistakes are wonderful opportunities for learning and she has had a learning-rich parenting journey herself, you and me both. She uses the knowledge and skills gained through her work with children with behavioral challenges, differently abled people and refugee families and in schools to help caregivers feel capable and confident in finding solutions to challenges they may face.

By Peaceful Waters Website

Nadine Goudin
Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

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Nadine Gaudin is a Positive Discipline lead trainer and a teacher. She taught for 15 years and now does only positive discipline workshops. The most important part of her work is training teachers and positive discipline. She currently trains in public and private schools in the state of Geneva, Switzerland, in the region of France where she lives and in international or local schools around the world including Singapore, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Morocco, Portugal, the U.K., The Netherlands, Middle East. 

She's been all over the place. She has worked to develop Positive Discipline in nearly 100 schools in the past 4 years. She works with students, teachers, principals and develops positive discipline in the workplace. Barnard, her husband and her 3 children who are 19, 17 and 15 help her deepen her understanding of positive discipline on a daily basis.

Positive Discipline of France Website

Kristin Nasman
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Kristin Nasman is a certified Positive Discipline trainer parent coach and has her masters degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington. She teaches parenting classes and teacher workshops on solution-focused discipline. She's an instructor at Bellevue College in the parent education department where she teaches parents of preschoolers in the creative development lab class along with positive discipline courses. Prior to coming to Bellevue college, she worked at Seattle Central Community College where she was a parent instructor in the toddler program and a co-op preschool.

Kristin works one on one with parents to help them create the families they dream of. Teaching has always been a part of Kristin's life, from working as a tennis pro during and after college, teaching elementary school and working as a supervisor and mentor of student teachers at the UW in their teacher education program. Kristin was born and grew up in the Seattle area and her biggest learning has come from raising her own 3 teen kids.

Email Kristin at: kristinnasman@hotmail.com.

Noha Alshugairl, LMFT
Positive Discipline Trainer

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Noha Alshugairi is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Newport Beach, California. In addition she is a positive discipline lead trainer. Noha strongly believes that a nurturing, empowering adult-child relationship is at the core of a strong community. She has become an advocate of parenting classes and teacher trainings focused on connection and encouragement. While her philosophy is grounded in Islam, she has found in positive discipline a practical down to earth method to teach this philosophy. Since becoming a P.D. trainer in 2008. She facilitated several school wide trainings and conducted many parenting workshops.

Sakina Counseling Website

Dodie Blomberg
Positive Discipline Lead Trainer

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Dodie Blomberg is the mother of 2 young adults, a 23 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She taught 5th grade for 12 years in Tempe, Arizona, has been using Positive Discipline since 1995 and has been a positive discipline lead trainer for the past 14 years. For the past 2 years Dodie has had the honor of presenting in Barcelona, Spain, Paris, France, many cities in China and many cities in the United States and she is still, this was a note that she wanted me to include, she is still working through the adolescent years with her 2 adult children.

Dodie’s Website

Casey O’Roarty
Positive Discipline Trainer
Summit Host

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Casey O’Roarty, M.Ed, is a facilitator of personal growth and development.  Her work encourages parents to discover the purpose of their journey, while also providing them with tools and a shift of mindset that allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and their families. As a Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007 and certified coach, Casey has led countless groups through workshops and classes that have left them feeling empowered and excited about parenting. She also offers an engaging podcast, live and online classes, and individual coaching at www.joyfulcourage.com.  Her first book, Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of YOUR Parenting Journey launched May 20th, 2019. Casey lives in the Pacific Northwest with greatest teachers – her husband, and two teenage kids.