FAMILIES RESOLVING, RESTORING, & RECONCILING
A BETTER WAY.
We offer pathways of hope, healing, and peace as an alternative dispute resolution training center focused on transformative mediation.
As Christian pastors and family mediators, we've learned a thing or two about what's missing in our communities, our homes, and our churches - which has impacted all of American culture today as we see current events unfold. We're not helping people live well together (in spite of their differences) in everyday life and especially in conflict.
Head to the family court system and you'll see the adversarial atmosphere. Half of America's families have darkened the threshold of the family court through divorce. And we have approximately 500,000 children in foster care across the 50 states - that is a lot of hurting families. Court litigation and attorney's encourage combative behavior and someone will always lose. Leading to further division and discord within families. Courts assign labels like "non-custodial" and "visitation" which increase the problem, not resolve it. Harm to children or adults is never fully addressed in these environments while compliance is expected - it's rarely followed. Causing more trauma and disempowerment to all.
Just think about it - with that many families engaged with the family court system and hiring lawyers who zealously "fight to win at any cost" - it makes sense why America is divided today. The family court system has unfortunately encouraged and endorsed a winner/loser mentality, an adversarial atmosphere causing further division between parties, parental labeling, and more as it's signed orders for families to then go live out. It's a huge part of the problem, but we believe we have a solution!
It's time for a reset!
You are invited to join us - help reset America's family justice options and be a leader from your sphere of influence. Or if you are family and need support - we offer transformative mediation at a fraction of the cost you'd pay elsewhere. We can even file your agreement through the courts when done.
Start your own transformative and holistic ADR program - let us equip you.
Get holistic and transformative help for your family.
Get continuing education hours and learn a new approach to improve outcomes.
Test drive the process for yourself and see if transforms you - check out The Moxie Challenge!
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Lisa J. Welter - Founder & CEO
Lisa Welter is a licensed pastor within the Converge NorthCentral network for almost a decade and a trained family mediator (Qualified Neutral) having mostly mediating in congregational families. She has held state and national leadership positions in child welfare nonprofits leading the way to build bridges with local government, church, and community volunteers. Lisa has successfully initiated and launched community collaboratives in 18 Minnesota county human services after having testified/passed 2017 MN Legislative Bill: Co-Recruitment of Foster Homes using Nontraditional Partners.
Lisa has plenty of personal and professional experience in the family court system. On a personal level, she's experienced the family courts with 150 + hearings related to divorce, child abuse, domestic violence, custody, and grandparent litigation. Professionally, she has experience with the family courts related to child protection, foster care, parental incarceration, substance abuse, and adoption. Lisa has unique knowledge/experience of what the courts are capable of addressing that brings change and what community assets are catalyzed to fulfill transformation.
She holds a Master's in Transformational Leadership & currently working on a doctorate at Bethel Seminary. Lisa and her husband, Cary, have 3 young adult children.
Jen Konieczny - CCO & Lawyer
Jen Konieczny is the Chief Community Officer for The Katallasso Group. Jen has 20 years of experience in the legal field as well as over 13 years of experience in ministry. Jen has has a pioneering spirit and strives to achieve what is possible vs. what is predictable. She is also a licensed pastor through Converge NorthCentral network and a trained family mediator.
Jen and Lisa had a true meeting of the minds, dreaming about what is possible in the lives of individuals, families and society when common ground, understanding and community are functioning to achieve their potential. More specifically, identifying what is missing and needed to achieve wholeness in the lives of individuals and families, which ultimately impacts the health and wellbeing of all human society.
Jen’s focus in The Katallasso Group includes coaching and developing women in their leadership, gifts and strengths by offering them a platform to be supported, equipped and launched personally, entrepreneurially and spiritually. She holds a J.D from William Mitchell College of Law and B.S. from University of MN-Duluth. Jen is married to Mike and they have one teenage son.