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About Dr. Uhrik

Dr. Marlena Uhrik has provided programs and services for children and their families for over forty years. Throughout her educational career, she has taught aspiring teachers around the world and has received numerous local and national awards for improving the quality of life for children and families. She has been recognized in the US House of Representatives Congressional Record and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Record as the Founder of Our Kids’ Community Breakfast Club. She is also the Recipient of the 2009 U.S. Presidential Award for Service.

She is the author of A Guidebook for Family Day Care Providers (McGraw-Hill, 1998), My Family Matters to Me, and In Grandpa's Hands: A Child's Celebration of Family (Publishers Design Group, Inc., 2008). She is the founder and past Executive Director of The Kids' Breakfast Club (TKBC), www.tkbc.org , a non-profit (501)(c)(3) organization designed to promote the healthy development of children and their families. Dr. Uhrik was asked to replicate this model now called Our Kids’ Community Breakfast Club (OKCBC) www.okcbc.org by the California National Guard in Sacramento. Dr. Uhrik lives in Sacramento, California with her husband and has two grown children and three grand children.

Dr. Uhrik's professional career has spanned the educational, public, and community service landscapes with over forty prolific years of dedication and leadership. She holds the following degrees:
Ed.D. Educational Leadership
M.A. Educational Administration
California Community Colleges Instructor Credential
California Teaching Credential
B.A. Social Science/English

Working as a consultant for the California Department of Education, she is a member of the Governor's Prevention Advisory Council (GPAC), where she was the lead for the statewide implementation of Student Assistance Programs (SAPs), along with the Prevention of Underage Drinking program for at-risk youth, and the consultant for the Healthy Start program. She is currently in the After School program Office where she is working on the statewide initiative for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Whole Child approach to education.

Dr. Uhrik has been recognized by numerous civic, community, family, and governmental groups for her accomplishments. Below is a partial list of some awards and citations honoring her service:

Dr. Marlena Uhrik awarded Freedom Corps Pin 2009 US Presidential Award for Service
Rotary Club's Vocational Award
US Congressional Record
Public Education Service Award
California Congress of Parent, Teachers, and Students, Inc.
National Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer
Citizen Ambassador Program/UNICEF
Service to Mankind -- Salvation Army

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About Dr. Uhrik

Marlena Uhrik, Ed.D., has worked in education and child / family advocacy for over forty years. She has received numerous local and national awards for improving the quality of life for children and families... Read More

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