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.
Chavos Buycks joined the CCR KC team in 2017. She is a UMKC Bloch School of Business graduate and also studied Apparel and Textile at Penn Valley. Chavos is a wife, creative entrepreneur, author, graphic designer and consultant who has 15 years of experience working with youth as a life skills coach at camp and youth group leader at her church. Chavos brings her past experience with youth and a relatable manor to the classes she teaches. Chavos spends her time writing, reading, creating, and researching and still manages to make time to serve several other organizations in the KC area.
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. Jacqueline is a restorative justice facilitator, mediator and trainer for students, teachers and administrators in area schools where her contagious positive outlook and energy has the tendency to interrupt harmful conflict before it can escalate to violence.
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.
Judy Heath is a trained and experienced mediator and has been with the Center for Conflict Resolution since 2009. 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. Judy facilitates Re-Think Conflict Classes at CCR and at other organizations serving court ordered participants, homeless individuals and people re-entering society following incarceration.
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.
Michael Minor joined the CCR team as a contractor through his organization Mental Turning Point, in the summer of 2017 as a trained mediator. His background in community outreach coordination and leadership development makes him a strong facilitator with youth in schools. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with an emphasis on Non-Profit and Community Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. His ability to create connections with others, drawing on shared experiences, is invaluable to our programs.
Jaylon Verser brings 10 years of experience working with youth in the Kansas City area to the CCR school team. One of his goals is to positively impact youth’s ability to make informed decisions. Jaylon is a trained mediator and Restorative Justice proponent and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration from UMKC. Jaylon sees community connections as a critical component in understanding and solving problems that exist.
Gregory Winship is a trained mediator and serves as the Office/Training Coordinator and Restorative Justice Strategist 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. Greg creates, manages and delivers conflict resolution and restorative justice programs in prisons in Missouri and Kansas, including Leavenworth Federal prison. Gregory earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Graceland University, and received a Master’s Degree in Restorative Justice from Eastern Mennonite University.