The Center for Public Partnerships and Research (CPPR) at the University of Kansas announces the retirement of Marcia Dvorak, Ph.D. For nearly 15 years, Dvorak led the Kansas Enrichment Network (KEN), a statewide collaboration of educational, public, and private industry professionals dedicated to improving, expanding and advocating for after-school learning opportunities.
Under Dvorak’s leadership, the KEN highlighted the importance of workforce development and 21st century skills, helped youth to become agents of positive change in their communities and encouraged education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“CPPR and the state of Kansas owe a debt of gratitude to Marcia. Her leadership, vision and direction have positively impacted thousands of children in the state,” remarked Jackie Counts, Ph.D., director at CPPR.
During her time with CPPR, Dvorak also sought, secured and managed grants targeting professional and technical assistance for youth-service providers. She helped increase youth exposure to career options, promoted healthy lifestyles for thriving youth and encouraged policymakers and legislators to support quality after-school programming in Kansas. Upon her retirement, Michael Lemon, MS, and his team will lead the youth portfolio to help young people thrive in Kansas.
Lemon has extensive experience in the fields of positive youth development, counseling and coaching. Within these fields he has worked with youth and adults nationally to help them raise awareness of ACEs, better understand trauma and begin the healing process. Through his work at CPPR and Camp Fire national headquarters, he has partnered with leaders in the field including the Thrive Foundation for Youth, Search Institute, Forum for Youth Investment, Rocket21 and the David P. Weikart Center to integrate programming based on the principles of Human Thriving. Lemon holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.
“I’m honored to contribute to these critical positive youth development initiatives by working collaboratively with an amazing KEN team. With the strong foundation Marcia created, we look forward to years of supporting and strengthening new and existing partnerships with youth-service providers and quality after-school programming,” said Lemon.