Thought for the Day


How do you solve an insurmountable problem?
1. Take responsibility. Rarely are people blameless. How did you contribute to the problem?
2. Put things into perspective. Is it really as serious and impossible as it feels?
3. Address your emotions. Acknowledge your feelings and try to understand them.
4. Realize that every problem has a solution. It is the way the universe works.
5. Work toward a solution. What can you do to help yourself. Who else can help and what can they do?
Thanks to for inspiration. 

Peggy Lukken, M.Ed., M.Sc.  (Conflict Specialist)

Peggy Lukken is a board member and treasurer of the Association of Missouri Mediators and an associate member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. She is registered as a mediator for civil and domestic cases in Missouri courts under Supreme Court Rule 17 and 88.

Peggy obtained her mediation training through The Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri (Columbia) School of Law (March 2012). Having graduated with a Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, with an award for academic excellence, from The Werner Institute at the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska, she is uniquely qualified as a conflict specialist. A lifelong student, Peggy is dedicated to bringing the most up-to-date mediation resources to her practice.

Special Education Mediator

Prior to founding Cottage Mediation, Peggy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Graceland University in 2001 and a Master of Education from Rockhurst University in 2007. She was a dedicated general education teacher in the Kansas City area for over a decade. Peggy is registered with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Special Education as a qualified mediator.

Contracts Negotiator and Mediator

Before choosing a career in public education, Peggy had a ten year career as a debt counselor and homebuyer education specialist through Consumer Credit Counseling Service in Ohio, Colorado, and Missouri. That profession provided firsthand experience with banking regulation and contracts, as well as negotiation of contracts.

Animal Related Dispute Mediator

In addition to being a skilled mediator, Peggy is an accomplished rider and equine massage therapist.  Much of her life has been spent in the equine performance and breeding industries. The knowledge and skill developed through those experiences make her uniquely qualified to mediate animal related disputes.

Community Involvement

Peggy is actively involved in the Kansas City community and gives her time to various area organizations. She dedicates her time and energy to Jazzoo, the KC Fringe Festival, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Sports Commission Host Committee as a committee chair and volunteer for the Big 12 tournament. However, her efforts as a volunteer forJackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is closest to her heart.

Peggy can be reached at or 913 638-6350.


 Aaron Lukken, J.D. (Attorney-Mediator)    

Aaron earned his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with an emphasis in International, Comparative, and Foreign Law, and was elected to the Order of Barristers.  He is admitted to practice law in Missouri, and is the principal of Viking Advocates, LLC, a consulting law firm with a focus on advising American and Canadian practitioners on transnational litigation issues.  Those issues are explored in his bi-weekly Hague Law Blog, and include the application of the Hague Service Convention and Hague Evidence Convention.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Morningside College, Aaron served nearly three years on the Iowa staff of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin as a constituent advocate.  There, he investigated and pursued resolution of citizen complaints and adverse rulings by federal and state agencies.

Immediately prior to law school, Aaron spent a highly successful decade in business to business sales with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (which later became SBC Communications, then AT&T, Inc.).  During his time with SBC, he served a term as labor steward with the Communications Workers of America Local 6327.

While a law student, Aaron coordinated programs with UMKC’s Continuing Legal Education office, and twice assisted with the civil mediation training program offered by MU’s Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution.  He took his mediation training at UMKC Law, and is a listed mediator with Missouri courts and DESE.  In addition to international disciplines, Aaron excelled in studies related to administrative law, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy.

Also involved in the community, Aaron is a frequent CLE speaker in Kansas City, New York, and Europe.  He and Peggy are vocal, though unofficial, ambassadors for Kansas City and volunteer as coordinators for the Kansas City Sports Commission during various college athletic tournaments.

Aaron can be reached at or 816 200-1383.