Our teachers are more than important to us. They are at the heart of this curriculum.

Joanne Delmonico


  • San Francisco State University BS in Nutrition with Honors 1989 

  • Oregon Health Sciences University Dietetic Internship 1990 

  • Shriner's Hospital Registered Dietitian 1991-1992 

  • Southwest Washington Health District Public Health Nutritionist 1992-1996 

  • The TMJ Clinic, PC Office Manager 2001-present 

  • Volunteer Mediator with Resolutions Northwest 

Joanne learned of the Caring Discipline model from the co-founder of Parent Support Center, Lorraine Heller. At the time, Joanne was raising her daughter in a co-housing community in the West Hills of Portland where both she and Lorraine remain actively involved.  Co-housing provided for many opportunities to learn and grow together in parenting and supporting children. The Caring Discipline material made such a positive difference in Joanne's parenting by providing information and tools for those many difficult moments. Since 2005, Joanne has been teaching for the Parent Support Center and is pleased to share the material with the next generation. Joanne loves to hike, snowshoe, kayak and  just be outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  She loves all aspects of food, including harvesting, preserving, cooking and sharing meals with friends. 

Kristin Lasher

  • Parent Coach and Teacher with Parent Support Center, 1992 - present

  • Elementary School Counselor, 2010 - present

  • Elementary teacher including bilingual 2nd grade and TESOL teacher, 1987 - 2010

  • Administration License, Portland State University, 2015

  • School Counseling License, Lewis & Clark College, May 2010

  • Master of Arts in Education, ESOL endorsed, Emphasis on School Counseling, Lewis & Clark College, August, 2003

  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Minor is Spanish, University of Oregon, June 1987

  • GirlStrength self-defense instructor, August 2011 - present

  • Yoga Calm Instructor, July 2010 - present


Kristin has been in education for 34 years working with children and families Kindergarten thru 8th grade. She is currently the K-4 School Counselor at Laurelhurst Elementary in Portland Public Schools (PPS). She has two grown children who helped her learn a lot about parenting.  She enjoys problem solving and supporting parents, families and teachers.   She has been working with the Caring Discipline curriculum for 28 years and looks forward to facilitating her next class.  She truly believes in the process of parents working together to do this hard thing called parenting.  Kristin loves anything outdoors with friends and family: hiking, tandem biking, camping, and swimming to name a few.

Mia Pisano
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  • Owner, director, teacher, The Understory,  2008-present

  • Teacher, The Garden's Noise Preschool, Portland, OR, 2005-2008

  • Founder, administrator, teacher, Garden Laboratory Charter School, Portland, OR, 2003-2005

  • Primary caregiving parent, 1998-2003

  • Teacher, grades 4-5, combined classroom: General/Special Education, Bilingual Dual Immersion (English/Spanish), 1992-1998

  • Master's Degree, Special Education (bilingual focus), University of New Mexico, 1998

  • Bachelor's Degree, Liberal Arts (education focus), The Evergreen State College, 1991

  • Undergraduate studies, Reed College, 1985-1987


Mia has worked as an educator since 1991, first in elementary school, and then through the transforming experience of parenting her own children into adulthood. In 2002, she was introduced to the Caring Discipline model, and it profoundly impacted her parenting and teaching. In 2005 she shifted into early childhood education, and since 2008 has operated The Understory a preschool for children ages 3-5. Mia has an extensive knowledge of plants of the Pacific Northwest and is an experienced gardener. She loves to sing, run in Forest Park, explore wild natural places, and sustain a loving home for her family. Mia brings patience and playfulness, wisdom and humor, experience and curiosity into her teaching.  

Marilyn Mays
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  • Parent and Step-Parent of three wonderful grown children

  • Grandparent of a seven year old, who is thoughtful, outspoken, funny and interesting

  • B.A. in Public Administration from University of Oregon, 1978

  • One of PSC's first teachers!

  • Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center

  • Summer camp Director at Mittleman JCC,

  • Co-owner of Westside Martial Arts, Shodan (Black Belt) and teacher of Okinawan Karate

  • Choir President, Grace Choir, First Unitarian Church

  • Owner of Rock Paper Garden Art, a small business/art studio


Marilyn discovered JoAnne Nordling's work while working as the director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center. She found JoAnne's approach to parenting to be invaluable for women escaping violence and in crisis with their children. Marilyn soon became a teacher with the Parent Support Center and was surprised at how much easier it was to parent her own daughter when she was teaching the Caring Discipline curriculum to others. Marilyn has continued to practice those parenting skills in teaching Karate to 4-12 year old children, running summer camps, and in her own life with her husband and blended family. She sings in the church choir, practices Okinawan Karate, and grows a garden full of flowers, fruits, and veggies. She loves teaching and is so excited to be back at the Parent Support Center!

Amy Williams
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  • MA in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch New England Graduate School, 1994

  • BS Ed. in Dance Education  from University of Georgia, 1990

  • Founder and Director of Amy Williams Academy, 2001

  • Teacher and Consultant with Moving In The Spirit, National Youth Development Organization in Atlanta, GA, 1992-present

  • Oregon Master Trainer, 2002-present


Amy Williams has been teaching, coaching, and training parents, educators, and therapists for nearly 20 years. Her work as a movement & expressive arts therapist, counselor, performer, educator, and teacher flavors her presentations with hope, inspiration and humor. Her specialties include movement and the arts, guidance and discipline, team-building and staff development. She is also the proud mama of two confident and compassionate daughters who are tumbling into adulthood, for the most part, unscathed by her parenting. She is fortunate to be surrounded by countless parenting mentors who teach her about love, humor and resilience. She believes deeply in the power of supporting children to become their own independent and wholehearted selves.