Janell Murphey graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with a Secondary Major of Natural Resource and Environmental Science. She attended the Kansas Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution at Bethel College and has been approved by the Kansas Supreme Court to practice core, domestic parent-adolescent mediation, agricultural, and victim-offender mediation in central Kansas. Janell is a member of the Heartland Mediators Association, the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Janell serves as the liaison for SIRJ working closely with the Saline County Attorneys and local law enforcement to better serve those participating in victim offender mediations.
Martha Rhea grew up in Salina, where her family has lived since the 1860’s. She graduated from Salina High School (Central) and received both her undergraduate and master degrees from The University of Kansas. She taught third grade for six years, followed by many years (1971 – 2001) as the director of the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission which became a department of the City of Salina. She has also served in a volunteer capacity on a number of local, regional, and national boards. Currently she is a certified mediator with SIRJ – as well as a volunteer with Reaching Out from Within, a program of self-help and growth operating in all Kansas prisons, and food preparation and serving at Salina Grace, a day shelter and community resource center for the homeless in Salina and the area.
Lucy Kollhoff, a native of Western Kansas, received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in counseling from Fort Hays State University. She has worked in higher education in the areas of career counseling and coaching, and has been involved in retention, recruitment and placement of students into science, technology, engineering and math careers. Lucy is also a state-certified mediator working with the SIRJ program.
Ann Zimmerman, a member of the SIRJ steering committee, is a licensed attorney, state-approved mediator, and past president of both Heartland Mediators Association and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Kansas Bar Association. She serves on the Kansas Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Advisory Council. She has mediated in the areas of families and children, victim-offender, probate, higher education, business, small claims, discrimination and attorney fee disputes. She facilitates public issues forums and business personnel conflicts. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Kansas State University, she is past president of the Salina League of Women Voters and an award-winning singer-songwriter and runs a horse-boarding stable with her husband.
Thea Nietfeld is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, serving Fellowships in Salina and Hutchinson. She is a certified mediator and is also certified in Parent-Adolescent mediation. She has sexuality education training from the Unitarian Universalist Association. In addition to her Master’s of Divinity, she has a Master’s in Labor and Industrial Relations and has worked for labor organizations, non-profits, and government. She is an eager participant in programs with the Kansas Leadership Center. The good will and collaborative spirit of people allied with SIRJ have made working with this project delightful.
Salina business owner Kim Collier has been involved for two decades in the local community. She first learned of SIRJ when she was a victim of crime. That experience with victim-offender mediation gave her an insider’s perspective that cannot be taught. It so convinced Kim of the value of the program that she went on to become a state-approved mediator with training at KIPCOR (Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution) at Bethel College. Kim is a native of the Sunflower State, attended Washburn University, and has owned several businesses and rental properties in Salina. She is now on the SIRJ Steering Committee and serves as a member of Neighborhood Accountability Boards.