About Me

Annette Lantz-Simmons, M.A.
Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, 2009

As Executive Director for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Kansas City, Missouri, my goal is to help create cultures of peace that permeate relationships, institutions and communities. Through collaborative and transformative mediation, facilitation and training, CMC staff and volunteers assist others to build families, businesses and communities where all address their differences in just ways.  I witness stories of transformation and hope daily.

This blog is a way to share some of those stories with you; celebrating a  shift away from authoritative decision making, continued unresolved conflict and physical and verbal violence, toward collaborative processes that include and attend to all voices and needs.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Thom
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 01:12:01

    Green is so your colour.


  2. Claudia Robinson
    Jun 27, 2011 @ 17:07:46

    Dear Annette: First, LOVE the pic. Mediation is spelled incorrectly in profile. I appreciate the blog site and will check in for updates. It was a bit difficult to track due to the mediation-speak or language that was used. Perhaps you might consider more layman’s language in your writing to help it flow and make it more translatable and/or accessible to someone not involved in the process. Thanks for including me sis! Claudia Manbeck Robinson


  3. Dennis McFall
    Jul 22, 2011 @ 19:55:14

    Glad to be able to work with CMC… Dennis


  4. Justin R. Corbett
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 16:29:34

    Hi, Annette –

    I’m thrilled to join the Peace Party! Looking forward to reading more about of the great work you and the other dedicated staff and volunteers at Community Mediation Center are doing. You’re such a wonderful resource for the local KC community! Thank you for sharing so generously of your time and expertise to help those in conflict.

    Justin R. Corbett, NAFCM Executive Director & Peace Partyer!


  5. Eva Copeland
    Aug 16, 2011 @ 03:39:39

    I am SO following your blog aunt Annette! I love you and I am very proud of you.


  6. Phillip Bergen
    May 10, 2012 @ 21:57:22

    I guess that’s all we are saying–is give peace a chance. Delighted to see what you are up to.


  7. Mary Dengerink
    May 31, 2012 @ 12:04:05

    Hi Annette,
    So good to read this. Mikhala is your daughter, right? It is great to see your update, too. Looks like you and your work are doing well. Mediation is now part of my life also. I love it.


  8. Sue Ewert
    Jul 28, 2012 @ 01:34:50

    Annette, thanks for letting me know about your blog! It looks like you and Mikhala are doing good work. How thrilling that must be to be able to work alongside Mikhala. Keep up the good work and thanks for letting me follow along!


  9. Cynthia Atwood-Steinberg
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 21:09:24

    LOVE IT ,LOVE IT,LOVE IT….the colors, design and sentiments are so positive…just what the world needs a large dose of hope! I for sure want to join this party!


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