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Meet the Early Childhood Education Program Leaders


Katherine Hubbard
Director of Early Childhood Education

Katherine joined Child Saving Institute (CSI) in the Early Childhood Education Center in 2009 after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in child, youth and family studies. Shortly after, she took on an Early Childhood Specialist position as a Lead Teacher working in a multi-age classroom with infants and toddlers. In 2013, Katherine was promoted to Site Director of the Early Childhood Education Center located at 45th and Dodge Streets in Omaha. Katherine assumed the Director of Early Childhood Education role in January 2021, and oversees the Dodge Street campus and the Spellman Child Development Center located on the College of Saint Mary campus.

Katherine enjoys building relationships with staff, children and families. She believes in quality education for young learners and enjoys advocating for Early Childhood professionals, as well as sharing the quality services CSI has to offer to the Omaha community.

khubbard@childsaving.org | 402.504.3615

Kristen Ruzicka
Site Director
Early Childhood Education Center, 4545 Dodge Street Campus

Kristen joined CSI in 2014 as an Early Childhood Specialist and moved into a Senior Specialist role in 2016. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Site Director for CSI’s Early Childhood Education Center located at 45th and Dodge Streets. In January 2021, Kristen was promoted into her current role as the Site Director of the Early Childhood Education Center.

Kristen is a graduate of Midland University in Fremont, NE where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Through her undergraduate and graduate coursework, Kristen has many years of training and experience in the Early Childhood Education field.

Kristen loves engaging with children to help them grow and develop each day. She is passionate about her work and is proud to make a difference in the Omaha community and in the lives of children.

kruzicka@childsaving.org | 402.504.3622




Brenda Bera
Site Director
Spellman Child Development Center, College of Saint Mary Campus

Brenda joined CSI in 2018 as the site director for Spellman Child Development Center. She has a bachelor of arts in elementary education, with a minor in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. She also has an early childhood endorsement from Buena Vista University. She has worked in the early childhood education field for more than 20 years. Her most recent time was as an assistant director of another child development center. She has spent many years in the classroom where she taught Kindergarten, Pre-K, infants and toddlers, and lead a summer school age program.   

Brenda’s favorite part about working in early childhood education is helping children succeed and reach their developmental milestones.  She builds positive relationships with the children and families to provide high quality care in our community.

bbera@childsaving.org | 402.390.2028


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