Kris Schweigert Professional Vita

Summary of Qualifications

  • Specialist in restorative justice, promoting healing of trauma, and victim support. Specialized in Peacemaking Circles, severe crime and violence, training in school settings.
  • Leadership demonstrated by non-profit growth in budget, programs, staff, volunteers and community awareness.
  • Program implementation success demonstrated by nonprofit service growth from 35 to 3,051 individuals served (over 10 years).
  • Experienced in training school staff to facilitate Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Circles.  Trainer for teachers and education staff since 2005.  Skillful with implementation and school-wide Restorative Practices teaching and training.
  • Skilled in motivational interviewing and working with offenders to develop accountability on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.
  • In-depth experience as a facilitator of Restorative Justice for severe crime and violence.
  • Strong written and verbal skills, successful grant writer, blogger, trainer and public speaker.
  • Program awards: Harvard Innovations in Community Government, American Probation & Parole Association, WI MADD, WI Governors Office and River Falls WI Area Chamber of Commerce.

Education

Masters of Counseling 1994 – South Dakota State University, Brookings South Dakota
Bachelors of Science 1992 – South Dakota State University, Brookings South Dakota

Professional Experience

Contracts

  • OJJDP Tribal Youth Programs Technical Assistance Center – Indian Country Child Trauma Center – Oklahoma University Health Science Center (2017-present)
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections VOCARE & VOD coordinator (2015-2016
    • Assisted and trained facility Restorative Justice Coordinators.  Prepared victims and community participants for Victim Offender Community a Restorative Experience (VOCARE) sessions.
    • Presented training and facilitated Peacemaking Circles with inmates.
  • Institute for Restorative Justice & Restorative Dialogue (2015-2016)
    • Lead trainer, assisted with the development and delivery of 5-day Restorative Discipline Coordinator Training.

Director/Chair 2015-Present
Circle Space Services, Gregory SD
Founded non-profit, providing direct service and training for Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles in Schools, for Veterans and with Severe Crime and Violence. Providing training sessions to facilitate, implement and train others in Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles.

  • Responsible for all day-to-day operations including grant writing, financial management, contract and marketing.
  • Authoring training materials and detailing presentations and workshops to contract partners.
  • Providing collaborations and partnership management with the Minnesota Department of Corrections and the University of Texas Restorative Justice Institute.

Executive Director 2004- 2015
St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program River Falls, WI
Local non-profit serving a two county area and 90,000 community members, providing a range of restorative justice services, including victim impact panels, victim-offender Conferencing and Circles addressing conflict, underage consumption, controlled substance, teen driving and traumatic death by suicide, homicide, traffic fatality or overdose.

  • Director of all agency operations including service development, volunteer coordination, fundraising, financial management, board communication, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Achieved significant program growth developing budget from $40,000 to $180,000 and annual client outreach from 35 to 3,051.
  • Developed and negotiated contractual agreements with Minnesota Department of Corrections and Dakota County Community Corrections.
  • Developed collaborations with area courts, law enforcement, human services, probation and school communities to provide respected services and cooperative working relationships.
  • Led project resulting in a public television documentary that aired 42 times to 2 million viewers each time.

Adjunct Professor 2008-2015

University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Fall, WI
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice department providing an elective course to meet the requirements of a bachelors degree.

  • Developed course content, learning activities, evaluation process and facilitated semester- long courses in introductory and advanced restorative justice.
  • Engaged students and University in social justice issues and non-profit mission delivery.

Assistant Probation Aide 2005-2006
Dakota County Community Corrections South St. Paul, MN
Probation agent responsible for adult probation transfer cases. Process requests to other counties regarding supervision of residence. Gather data from court reports, computer programs and collateral contacts.

  • Manage caseload to ensure supervision and community safety. Referred to appropriate resources and engaged court and law enforcement when necessary.
  • Participated in unit meetings, staff development trainings and agency objectives.

Juvenile Justice Girls Group Facilitator 2004-2005
Restorative Justice Project, Amicus South St. Paul, MN
Contract position with Ramsey County Corrections – Juvenile Unit. Duties included co-facilitating girls group and Restorative Justice Circles in the Juvenile Detention Center.

  • Facilitated groups, circles, grant activities and one-to-one meetings with young women on probation.
  • Promoted positive school and community engagement.
  • Consulted with probation staff, advocated for youth and connected families to local service providers.

Children, Youth and Families Supervisor 2000-2004
Pierce County Human Services Ellsworth, WI
Child protection and juvenile justice units supervisor. Oversaw the supervision of 14 licensed social workers managing: intake, assessment, investigation, foster care, day care, juvenile court, case management, court orders, crisis intervention, emergency detention, independent living skills, parent aide services and out of home placements.

  • Implemented new child welfare standards, computer program, Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and
  • Proactive Community Supervision (PCS).
  • Received a commendation from WI Governors Office for FGDM.
  • PCS featured in the WI Sheriff’s Magazine. Built partnerships between law enforcement and human services staff.

Adolescent and Families Caseworker 1997-2000
Olmstead County Rochester, MN
Provided therapeutic and case management services to families and adolescents adjudicated of a violent offense and meeting SED (serious emotional disturbance) criteria.

  • Teamed with probation, prepared court reports and attending hearings.
  • Managed the grant and reporting requirements necessary to maintain Federal funding.
  • Presented at child welfare conferences and workshops.
  • Clients were awarded scholarships and honors for demonstrating success and improvement.

University of South Dakota – Student Counseling Center 1996-1997
Catholic Family Services
– Therapist 1996
Northeastern Mental Health Center – In home family therapist 1995-1996

Volunteer Experience

Board Member – Our Neighbors Place Homeless Shelter 2014-2015
Board Member – Kinnic Falls Half-way House 2009-2012
Crisis Response Team – University of South Dakota 1996-1997
Advocate – Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter 1992-1994

kris[at]circle-space.org ∙ 605-831-0119

One Reply to “Kris Schweigert Professional Vita”

  1. Hi, Kris
    I am reaching out as we may find benefit in knowing each other. I am the owner of The Right Path Counseling Services which is a private practice counseling service inWinner SD. I was open from 2003 to 2013, closed for the past 5 years for family reasons and now am reopening my practice. I am interested in the services you provide and would like to share about the services I offer if you are interested.

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