Mediation Services staff has many years of experience facilitating restorative practices and circles as well as training Circle Keepers and circle participants including for schools, the justice system, Veterans, and in urban and rural communities.
Areas of Interest and Service
Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices Facilitation and Trainings, Consulting in Restorative Practices for groups and Schools.
Kelli Halek, Restorative Justice and Mediation Specialist
Kelli received her Bachelors Degree from St. Cloud State University in Communication Studies with a focus on relational conflict mediation, persuasion and advocacy. She coordinates the restorative justice program with Mediation Services for Anoka County. Kelli is a Rule 114 and Family trained mediator and has extensive training in conflict management, the theory and practice of mediation, third party intervention, and restorative justice.
Lauren Thrift, Project and Training Specialist
Lauren has five years of experience in conflict resolution organizations including developing restorative justice, mediation, school restorative practices programs, and innovative initiatives such as elementary school circles with students with emotional and behavioral diagnoses.
Lauren is an experienced Circle Keeper, a Rule 114 and Family trained mediator, and has a strong background in training adults and youth in Restorative Practices and conflict resolution. Lauren has worked with urban and rural communities, elementary, middle, and high school students, students with emotional behavioral diagnoses and students on the autism spectrum.
Lauren received her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management with a focus on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Lauren is the lead trainer at Mediation Services and is also on the Board of Directors for Conflict Resolution Minnesota. Lauren’s passions include helping people work together to build stronger relationships and communities.