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Meet the Early Childhood Education Program Leaders


Katherine Hubbard
Director of Early Childhood Education
4545 Dodge Street Campus

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, Nebraska 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

Kristen Mruz
Site Director
Spellman Child Development Center
6908 Mercy Road, Omaha

Kristen joined CSI in 2021 as the Site Director of the Spellman Child Development Center. After graduating from Wayne State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Kristen spent four years as the Preschool Teacher/Director and Assistant Director in Tilden, Nebraska. Most recently, Kristen served as the Early Learning Center Director at Northeast Family Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

After relocating to Omaha, Kristen joined the CSI team. She is excited to be a part of the organization and support children and families in the Omaha community.

In her free time, Kristen enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, running and spending time with family and friends.

Kristen is committed to the educational and emotional development of the children she serves. She is also passionate about supporting parents, families and staff working with children so that every child has the opportunity to be successful.

kmillard@childsaving.org | 402.390.2028

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