Board of Directors

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Acting as a Board member, I saw the importance of connecting with each other and gathering our resources to spread the good word and create movement in the community. It is a privilege to act with the respect and dignity that Positive Discipline teaches, modeling the change we wish to see in the world.”
– Erin Barry (center), former Board & Executive Team Member and mom of Colin, Cora and Kate


Currently, our all-volunteer Board of Directors includes these fine people (photo and bios below):

  • Jane Weed-Pomerantz, President, Positive Discipline Association Board Member; CPD Lead Trainer; former Mayor of Santa Cruz City; Board of Supervisors Appointee to Childcare Planning Council
  • Stephanie Tam Rosas, Vice President, Counselor at Tierra Pacifica Charter School
  • Derek Fohs, Treasurer; CPA, Fohs, Reiber & Associates
  • Ray Cancino, Secretary, Chief Executive Officer of Community Bridges
  • Madhu Lodha, Faculty, Early Childhood Education, Cabrillo Community College
  • Valéria Miranda, Director, Santa Cruz Art League
  • Laura Garcia, Program Coordinator, Castro Plaza Family Resource Center
  • Yolanda Provoste-Fuentes, Parent Educator, Live Oak Family Resource Center
  • Theresa Cariño, Founder and Executive Director of Salud y Cariño

Ray Cancino is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Bridges, a local nonprofit with a $15 million budget and reaches over 27,000 residents each year.  Since 1977, its Family of Programs not only meets the needs of local children, families, and seniors but also anticipates emerging needs and find collaborative solutions to issues such as closing the academic achievement gap, supporting seniors to live with independence and dignity, preventing child abuse through parent support and education, and increasing access to medical care and good nutrition. (

Madhu Lodha 
is an esteemed faculty member in Cabrillo College’s Early Childhood Education department having taught there since 1997.  Before then, she was a Master Teacher at the nationally-renown Cabrillo College Children’s Center.  Madhu is also the founder and coordinator of the Children Literature Book Club of Santa Cruz County.  Her interest extends also to family health and she is certified as a Clinical and Administrative Medical Assistant.

Valéria (“Val”) Miranda is Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Art League and a consultant focuses on facilitating sustainable growth for nonprofits.  Val also teaches graduate art education at the Academy Art University.  In 2012, Val became a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and has taught Positive Discipline in schools in Santa Cruz County, and in 2013, began to teach men and women in all Santa Cruz County jail facilities. She has also taught PD at the local Homeless Family Shelter.  She holds a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and a MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

Laura Valdez
is Founder of Motivando Corazones, which provides Positive Discipline trainings and consulting, particularly on Spanish speaking initiatives, all over the country.  She emígrated from Mexico to the USA in 1994 and is the first Latina to provide the first certification workshop in Spanish “Teaching Parents with Positive Discipline” in 2006 for the Positive Discipline Association.  She has been a Parent Educator for the last 10 years, working for La Manzana Community Resources and currently, Castro Plaza Family Resource Center in Castroville.

Yolanda Provoste-Fuentes is a parent educator at Live Oak Community Resources in Santa Cruz.  She is originally from Chile where she was an elementary school teacher in a poor neighborhood called Region 9 and then at a rural school in the countryside. Yolanda came to the USA a year after the Coup of 1973 in her native country.  She attended UCSC and became a bilingual educator in Chualar and then moved to Salinas to run the High Intensity Language Training at the Adult School there.  She was a founder of Creative Response to Conflict, Inc. and is currently involved with Three Americas and the Live Oak Grange.

Theresa M. Cariño, Founder and Executive Director of Salud y Cariño, Inc., has a Master’s in Multicultural Education and has nearly 20 years experience in working with youth in various capacities.  Theresa also serves as the organization’s lead facilitator for its after school program for middle school girls – Girls Group – in Live Oak.  Prior to Salud y Cariño, Theresa was a teacher at Chicanos por La Causa’s (CPLC) charter school and Principal at Hiaki High School on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation in AZ, then becoming a Public Health Educator with Indigenous communities, adapting a culturally based curriculum on HIV/AIDS Prevention for Native American women.

We thank all past and current Board for making PDCR a strong organization AND a fun community!