Core Staff Members
Jody McVittie, M.D.
Co-founder and Executive Director
Jody McVittie, MD received her medical degree from Case Western University and completed a family medicine residency and fellowship in Modesto California before returning to the Northwest and shifting her focus to broader community issues that impact health outcomes including parenting, education, trauma and the impact of intra-family violence. Her dream to build healthy communities by supporting educators, physicians, students and parents to build and/or rebuild relationships founded on deep mutual respect guides Sound Discipline’s vision for a more equitable society. A lead trainer for the Positive Discipline Association, she co-authored Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom, Teachers Guide: Activities for students and Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom, Leaders Guide: Resources and activities. Jody has consulted for dozens of schools: public, independent, early childhood, elementary, and secondary. Her work with schools includes trainings in Spanish (Nicaragua) for First Nations Communities (in northern British Columbia) and for a school for the deaf. She is also the mother of three young adults who have been some of her best teachers.
Stacy Lappin, M. Ed.
Director of Programs
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.
Jennifer N. Brown, M.S.
Director of Operations
Jennifer brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management and leadership experience in social justice, public interest, education and political advocacy organizations and a Masters in Management to Sound Discipline. She loves helping to make an organization run smoothly and ensuring that the program side of the house has the support and tools they need to carry out our mission. She lives on Capitol Hill with her newly teenage son.
Mary Power, MLIS
Mary brings 20 years of program management experience from working in a variety of foundations, nonprofits and public institutions. Mary is excited to be part of Sound Discipline, supporting work that has incredible impact in schools and communities.
Database Manager/IT SupportPase joined the Sound Discipline team in 2016 and brings almost 15 years of database administration and IT support experience.
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 GiomiIn 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 NorikaneAaron 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.
Betty Peralta, MSc-MHC
Betty Peralta, MSc-MHC, MIT is a trainer, consultant and coach specializing in the interplay between trauma and sensory issues in children and self-care for the adults who care for them. After teaching for 14 years (seven in Seattle Schools and seven internationally), Betty became an infant and early childhood mental health specialist with a focus on helping parents and teachers understand and respond to the source of behaviors using neurobiology and relationship. As a mother of a young adult child with autism, Betty continues to practice Positive Discipline principles in her parenting today.
Sahara PirieSahara has been a parent educator and trainer in the Seattle area since 2000, speaking regularly to schools, parent groups and educators. As a mother and Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer, Sahara’s passions include bringing joy back into parenting and creating community filled with dignity and respect.
Corrina Skildum, MA, LMHC
Corrina is passionate about co-creating experiences that empower people as they learn and grow. She has extensive experience training educators from around the world in the areas of social and emotional learning and bullying prevention, and has worked as an experiential educator and therapist in a variety of settings. As a licensed mental health counselor in private practice, she specializes in experiential and somatically-based approaches for psychological well-being and trauma recovery. On the weekends, you can find Corrina on her stand-up paddleboard, grateful for the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She is excited to be a new addition to the Sound Discipline team.
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.
Alan Wong, MSW
Alan Wong is a life-long Seattleite who has dedicated his life to helping youth, educators, and communities to grow. Alan spent eight years with the innovative youth-empowerment and adult-training organization Power of Hope – serving as Lead Facilitator, Program Manager and Program Director during his time there. Over the last seven years, he has worked as a senior facilitator with Power of Hope’s sister organization Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE) Global and as the founder/lead facilitator for Alan Wong: Facilitation and Training – supporting educators to build more connection, creativity and caring in their class environments. Alan has led trainings throughout the Northwest, United States, and internationally in Myanmar, India, Canada, Ecuador, Thailand, Korea and Brazil. His ultimate goal is to help build healthy, connected, compassionate communities where every individual is treated with dignity and respect – and has the opportunity to realize their full potential.
Alan began his career in education working as a reading tutor at Sanislo Elementary – in the very same South Seattle neighborhood where he grew up. He also worked for two years as a mental health counselor with Youth Eastside Services – serving students in middle and high schools throughout multiple districts. In his spare time, Alan enjoys writing poetry, making music, practicing meditation and playing basketball.
Board of Directors
Deborah Salas, MSW
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.
Maggie Fonseca, M.Ed.
Board Vice President
Magdalena S. Fonseca, M.Ed., has been a strong advocate and supporter for undocumented students in higher education for the last 15 years. In 2014, she co-founded the Leadership Without Borders program, the first space dedicated to serving undocumented students in institutions of higher education in the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Staff Award for her dedication and efforts in this area and serves as an Undocumented Student Specialist for her department at the University of Washington, Seattle campus. She has extensive experience in staff development, event planning and programming, systems organization and student leadership development. Magdalena holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. In her spare time, Magdalena enjoys home improvement projects, outdoor activities and baking.
Norman Sigler, MBA
Board Vice President
Norman Sigler is the entrepreneurial owner and Managing Director of CLEAR-Consulting Biz, a Seattle-based executive search firm specializing in delivering diverse talent solutions for companies throughout the Northwest and beyond with special focus on Gender and Racial Equity. His clients include for profits, social profits and municipalities. Norman is also committed to civic engagement and believes a healthy society exists when both commerce and community are strong. He sits on civic committees and is most proud of his mentoring eastside youth of African descent. Norman holds an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a B.S degree from Washington & Lee University.
Treasurer and SecretaryJackie 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.
Jimmy Hung, JD
Jimmy Hung is the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where he leads deputy prosecutors, victim advocates and staff at the Youth Services Center in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1999 and joined the office that year. During his time in the office he has worked on all levels of felony and misdemeanor trial practice including homicide, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Jimmy has led efforts in King County to reduce the use of secure detention and formal court processing of youthful offenders, while increasing the use of restorative justice options. Jimmy has previously served on the boards of the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the Washington State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section Executive Committee where he was once Chair.
Chris Goelz, JD
Chris has been a mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for over twenty years. Before coming to the court, he was a litigator in a small San Francisco firm. Chris graduated from Yale Law School and has an undergraduate degree in engineering. He is an author of a Ninth Circuit practice guide published by the Rutter Group and has taught negotiation at the University of Washington Law School.
Jonathan brings over 15 years experience in grassroots community development. With a Bachelors in Law and Justice, focusing on community justice programs, Jonathan is now working on a Masters in Urban Planning and Design. He is focused on community engagement, working with residents within neighborhoods to make them more equitable for all. Jonathan’s knowledge of community and government policy is an important aspect of the Sound Discipline leadership team.
Isabell Sheang, MBA
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, MBA
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.