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Sound Discipline makes connections that matter. Founded in 2007, Sound Discipline is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. We help adults connect with youth and address the root causes of challenging behavior.

Our strengths-based, research-based approach:

  • Reduces conflict and discipline issues, with techniques grounded in mutual respect.
  • Deepens connections between children and their families, schools, and communities.
  • Develops social-emotional skills critical to academic and personal achievement.

 

Our approach

We are focused on making connections that matter. Our strong systems approach integrates the latest in neuroscience and education research with practical, easily accessible tools for parents and educators.

At Sound Discipline, we:

  • Draw from current brain research including the impact of stress and trauma on learning and brain development.
  • Work directly with staff and teach experientially. We coach school teams to use data to develop and implement powerful interventions as well as to monitor their continued improvement.
  • Expand on the work of psychologists Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, as well as on Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott. Sound Discipline uses a strengths-based approach to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.

We help youth feel connected to their school, communities, and families; fostering respectful, resourceful and responsible members of our community. Sound Discipline helps educators and caregivers build the connections that make a difference for the future.

 

Community of Support

We share our gratitude to those who have and who continue to support our work through sharing resources, volunteering time and/or space. We work collaboratively with several partners including the Puget Sound Adlerian Society (a 501c3 non-profit), the Positive Discipline Association (a 501c3 non-profit) and the Seattle School District.

Help Us Reach More Educators, Youth and Families

Our vision is to provide all teachers and schools with systematic, respectful responses to misbehavior that teach students how to engage in and contribute to their learning community.

We are making a difference for hundreds of students by:

  • Teaching students to respectfully solve problems of inappropriate behavior.
  • Reducing race bias in disciplinary action.
  • Engaging parents.
  • Creating learning environments that work for all kids.

 Together, we can make a little go a long way

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Sound Discipline
2135 N 51st
Seattle, WA 98103
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Sound Discipline is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. All of your donations are tax deductible and every gift is appreciated!

 

Board Members

Terry Chadsey, M.S., President and Co-Founder

A former K-8 teacher for over twenty-two years, Terry has led workshops and courses in discipline for parents, parent educators, teachers and principals, and has provided customized coaching and facilitation for district and school teams as well as presented at local, state, and national education conferences. In addition to his contribution to Sound Discipline as co-founder and Board President, Terry is Co-director of the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization that exists to nurture personal and professional integrity, and the courage to act on it.

Jackie Reinland, Treasurer and Secretary

Jackie Reinland, with more than twenty years of experience, brings expertise in financial analysis, financial modeling and reporting, and creating business processes. Beyond her service to Sound Discipline, Jackie’s commitment to her community is evident in her long-time volunteer position leading discussions with residents at a local not-for-profit nursing home.

Shamsah Ebrahim, Ph.D., Board Member

Shamsah Ebrahim, Ph.D. is a seasoned facilitator, public speaker and capacity-builder, with a Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Shamsah has a strong commitment to participatory practice, and places special emphasis on capacity-building as the means to sustainable organizational development and growth. Shamsah leads a consulting practice, Leading Edge Advisors, which focuses on helping social sector organizations achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in the intersecting areas of data, strategy and evaluation.

Chris Goelz, Board Member

Chris teaches negotiation at University of Washington Law School and is a mediator with hundreds of hours of training in a variety of approaches to dispute resolution. A graduate of Yale Law School, before coming to the court he was an attorney in private practice in San Francisco.

Deborah Salas, M.S.W., Board Member

Deborah Salas, MSW, has been a management leader in organizations ranging from corporate high tech to arts and education non-profits for over 30 years. Building on her work in community schools strategies and classroom instruction, Deborah is currently focusing her energies on facilitating conversations to deeply explore emergent issues, reach common understanding from divergent points of view and building project action plans.

Isabell Sheang

A seasoned business leader, Isabell is experienced in helping fast growing organizations develop and scale. She has held various channel development and marketing roles at companies such as Fitcode, Microsoft and Staples. Outside of work, Isabell is a partner at Social Venture Partners, a 501c3 nonproft that pools funds and professional expertise and makes multi-year investments to non-profits with proven potential for social change. Isabell also enjoys giving back in the way of teaching. She is an instructor on product marketing at the University of Washington Continuing Education. Isabell received her bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University and a MBA from University of Oxford.

Jilberto Soto, Board Member

A graduate of University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration, Jilberto brings experience in management, leadership and financial planning from his work with The Boeing Company. Fluent in Spanish, Jilberto enjoys traveling in his free time and serves as a volunteer “big brother” with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Core Staff Members

Karen Schrantz, M. P. A., Executive Director

Karen has a Master’s in Public Administration, a certificate from the UW’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute, and nearly twenty years’ experience in private and public sectors as a mediator, facilitator and educator.  A nationally certified Positive Discipline trainer, Karen is passionate about the potential of Sound Discipline’s work to transform families, schools and communities, and she excels at bringing partners together to advance Sound Discipline’s mission.

 Jody McVittie, M.D., Director of Program and Co-founder

Jody co-founded Sound Discipline in 2007 and now serves as director of program. Jody is a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer and has co-authored several Positive Discipline course materials including Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom; Teacher’s Guide: Activities for Students and Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom, Leader’s Guide: Resources and Activities.  

Wes Bignell, Data Analyst

Wes has served as Sound Discipline’s data analyst since 2014. Prior to that he worked conducting academic research at research centers at the University of Washington.

Dominique Brooks, Administrative Assistant

Dominique has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has extensive experience in keeping organizations humming in the areas of human resources,  financial reporting, accounting, contractual billing, special event logistics  and database management. Dominique’s free time is consumed with belly laughs from her two young boys, an occasional run, and lots of salted dark chocolate. She joined the Sound Discipline team in 2015.

Elizabeth Benedict, Communications and Development Director

Elizabeth joined the Sound Discipline team in 2016 after more than 30 years working with nonprofits and guiding them in brand management, mission-driven communications strategies and diversified revenue development. A former Peace Corps volunteer (Senegal, West Africa), Elizabeth is deeply passionate about ensuring that all people have access to resources so they can thrive and reach their full potential.

Christine Gordon, RSW, MSW(c), Project Associate

After joining the team in 2014, Christine now leads capacity development projects at Sound Discipline focusing on operational systems and logistics. With more than ten years of experience working in diverse communities inner-city neighborhoods, and with refugee and undocumented immigrant families, Christine’s passion lies in fostering child welfare and youth engagement through building communities of youth and adults as equal partners. An MSW candidate at the University of Washington, she holds her B.S.W. from the University of Victoria, her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from Pacific Lutheran University, is a Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Educator, and is currently registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.

Stacy Lappin, M. Ed., Lead Facilitator

With a Masters in Special Education and as a former classroom teacher and mother to three, Stacy shares Positive Discipline tools with other teachers and diverse audiences of parents including families experiencing homelessness, families in transitional housing and foster families.  In addition to her work with adults, Stacy has successfully developed a Sunday school preschool program in her local faith community and is a much-loved Girl Scout leader.

Staff Facilitators

Deneen Frazier Bowen, M.Ed.

For more than two decades, Deneen has been applying her acting, teaching and technology experience to help teachers and schools expand students’ learning opportunities. After receiving her M.Ed. from George Mason University, she co-authored The Internet for Your Kids, was a frequent columnist for technology in education magazines, and authored several major technology leadership studies. After working for several innovative companies, bigchalk.com and Teachscape, Deneen decided to apply her acting skills to bring the voices of students to the conversations about redesigning education. Her one-woman show, The Natives Are Restless, toured the US as a keynote at educational conferences for five years.

Penny Davis, M.A.

A Canadian by birth, Penny has been a parenting educator, teacher trainer and consultant for over 30 years.  Her graduate work focused on attachment, brain development and the impact of chronic trauma on children’s behavior. Penny also has extensive experience training social service staff, schools, and caregivers regarding behavior management of children with trauma histories; as a Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, Penny presents frequently at local, state and national conferences.

Jen Giomi

In addition to her work with Sound Discipline, Jen Giomi is also a parent instructor with the South Seattle College Parent Education Program where she also leads program marketing. She has experience both as a teacher and as a parent, having taught Spanish to preschoolers for numerous years and currently on the journey of raising her own four children.

Ximena Grollmus, M.Ed.

With a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Washington and certification as a Positive Discipline Trainer with the Positive Discipline Association, Ximena is passionate about teaching Positive Discipline to parents and gains inspiration from seeing the resulting positive changes in families. A native of Chile, she enjoys teaching in multicultural settings and has offered Positive Discipline trainings in Spanish both in the Seattle area and to parents and teachers in Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Teresa Hurliman, M.Ed.

Teresa is a passionate educator with over 40 years of experience. She received BA, Masters and teaching credential in Applied Psychology and Education from Eastern Washington University as well as a principal credential from Gonzaga University. She has served in Spokane Schools as a principal, special education administrator, education specialist and resource teacher. Since her retirement from the Spokane district, she has worked as a consultant, facilitator, trainer and a school improvement coach in Spokane and north Idaho.  She lives in Spokane with her husband, Tim and is mother to two young adult children who continue to surprise and amaze her.

Kristin Nasman, M. Ed.

A former elementary school teacher with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington, Kristin is an instructor at Bellevue College in the Parent Education program and teaches parents of preschoolers. She is also a Certified Positive Discipline trainer (CPDT) with the Positive Discipline Association and teaches parenting classes and teacher workshops on solution-focused discipline.

Aaron Norikane

Aaron has worked for 25 years supporting and developing high quality youth development programs. He’s always been a tremendous advocate for empowering youth and creating strong connections and supportive systems for children from all backgrounds.  Working in partnership with Seattle Schools for over 18 years has provided a solid foundation for Aaron to train, facilitate and develop skills that give staff and teachers the tools they need to provide the best environment possible for students.   Experience as a Program Director through organizations such as the YMCA, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Kids Company, as well as independent training and facilitation through Schools Out Washington allowed Aaron to seamlessly join the Sound Discipline team in 2016. Aaron was born and raised in Seattle and finds his biggest smile watching his two children learn, grow and giggle.

Casey O’Roarty, M.Ed.

A former classroom teacher and inspired by the impact of Positive Discipline tools in raising her own children, Casey works to bring Positive Discipline tools to her community of teachers and parents. As a certified life coach and with a Masters in Education, Casey walks with her clients as they move towards becoming their best teacher/parent-selves, bringing both passion and experience to her work.

Sahara Pirie

A former classroom teacher and inspired by the impact of Positive Discipline tools in raising her own children, Casey works to bring Positive Discipline tools to her community of teachers and parents. As a certified life coach and with a Masters in Education, Casey walks with her clients as they move towards becoming their best teacher/parent-selves, bringing both passion and experience to her work.

Julietta Skoog, M.A., Ed.S

With a Masters Degree in School Counseling and Ed.S Degree in School Psychology from Seattle University, Julietta is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and currently works as the school psychologist and counselor at Queen Anne Elementary.  She also teaches Positive Discipline Parenting Classes and provides Positive Discipline Trainings for teachers and parent educators in her community.

Julia Smith, M.D.

In addition to being a Medical Doctor, Julia is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator, a master somatic coach from Strozzi Institute, Petaluma, California and has a certificate from Pacific Integral, Seattle. Julia is a passionate advocate for the contribution we each make to our individual health and the thriving of our communities by nurturing authentic connections and treating one another with compassion, dignity and respect.

DeeAnn Wells, M.Ed.

An experienced professional development facilitator and teacher, DeeAnn has been an educator serving elementary and middle school students, their families and the community in the South Seattle/Skyway area for 25 years. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Lakeridge Elementary School where she is a seasoned practitioner in the use of trauma informed practices to empower students, teachers and families and to improve academic achievement in schools.

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