Annette Lantz-Simmons is Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution. She came to the conflict resolution field in 2002 from the business sector. Annette holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Fresno Pacific University and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. Most recently Annette has been involved with the STAR program (Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience) through Eastern Mennonite University and plans to become a certified trainer for the program. Annette creates a work environment that supports relationships between clients, staff, volunteers, and board members to reflect the work CCR does in the community.
Debbie Bayless has been a mediator with CCR since 2004 and Mediation Coordinator since August 2009. Debbie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Human Services, with a minor in German Language and Psychology. Currently she works primarily with neighborhoods and various court diversion programs. She is thoroughly enjoying working on her Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University.
Garry Buycks Jr. joined the CCR KC team in August 2016. He is a UMKC Bloch School of Business graduate with 15years of corporate America experience. Garry is a professional trainer, leadership coach, videographer, and photographer. In 2015, he left his job to start his own consulting business called MYG Consulting LLC. Garry also serves as a mentor to young African American men in Kansas City through an organization called High Aspirations. Garry enjoys being married to his lovely wife and best friend.
Jacqueline Buycks joined the CCR team in January 2016. She is a trained mediator and experienced classroom facilitator. Jacqueline also is assistant pastor at Good Samaritan Christian Center, where she teaches, facilitates and mentors several weekly groups. Jacqueline enjoys the gift of entrepreneurship and has created and operated several businesses since 1995. For ten years, she was co-owner of Big Momma’s Bakery-Cafe, located in Crown Center and Raytown, Mo. In addition to her current CCR work with students in schools, Jacqueline owns and operates Ms. Hospitality, specializing in event coordinating, etiquette training and event staffing. Jacqueline brings her contagious positive outlook and energy to the children and youth CCR serves.
Stanisha Gadson is a CCR trained mediator and believes in productive, respectful disagreement to resolve conflict peacefully. Her focus is helping others solve problems as well as generating a positive outlook for herself. She is a member of the Youth Department Committee and the Nursery Director at Christian Fellowship Baptist Church. She coordinates programs, sets up projects and activities and assists in the classroom when needed. Stanisha joined the school team as a Restorative Justice Facilitator in 2015, and has learned that, not only do the youth have much to say, but the behavior that students display has a deeper emotion behind it. She strives to be a good example and derives great joy when students seek her out personally to express gratitude for their time together and what CCR teaches.
Brian Goines, Sr. came to the Center for Conflict Resolution in 2012, as a volunteer for the Neighborhood Accountability Boards. Through his work with restorative justice and circle processes he has become a part of the team, as a mediator and trainer. Brian is a Youth Minister, husband, and father of 8 children. He is passionate about his work with CCR because it connects people to resources that can help them change their lives.
Venus Goines began working with the Center for Conflict Resolution in 2012 as a volunteer for the Neighborhood Accountability Boards. She has been an important part of the CCR team since that time and officially joined the staff in August of 2015 as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Trainer. Venus is a dedicated wife and mother. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice so that she can become a Victim Advocate.
Marcia Greig brings 30 years of experience in fund-development and communications to the Center for Conflict Resolution. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas. Marcia has been with CCR since March 2015.
Judy Heath is a trained and experienced mediator and has been with the Center for Conflict Resolution since 2009 as a Restorative Justice Facilitator with an emphasis in facilitating our school programs. Judy began her service for at-risk youth as a group home parent and brings her training in fine and graphic arts to her children and youth mediation and conflict resolution training.
Don Ivans has been with the Center for Conflict Resolution since 2004 as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and a Spanish Language Translator. He worked for ten years in education, as a classroom teacher and as a principal, and for 22 years in full time ministry, specializing in small groups and youth. Don holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration.
Mikhala Lantz-Simmons, M.A. is the Education Strategist for CCR. She received a Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2015. Mikhala has worked extensively with youth in Quebec, Canada and in the Kansas City area schools facilitating workshops about diversity and conflict resolution. She is a skilled facilitator, writes curriculum and is a practitioner for the S.T.A.R. (Strategies in Trauma Awareness and Resilience) program from EMU.
Joanie Levenson has been an advocate and volunteer for the work of the Center for Conflict Resolution since she participated in the mediation training in 2012. She officially joined the CCR staff in July 2015 as Administrative Assistant, and now also serves as a Restorative Justice Facilitator. Joanie holds a Bachelor or Arts Degree in Theatre/Music. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree and served as a hospice chaplain for 13 years prior to coming to CCR.
Gregory Winship is a trained mediator and serves as the Office/Training Coordinator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. He was introduced to restorative justice principles in 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience dealing with interpersonal conflict resolution in the criminal justice system. He previously worked with a violence prevention program in Kansas City, Missouri as a Senior Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. Gregory earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Graceland University, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in in Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.