2019 BCIU Outstanding Community Partner Dr. Edward Michalik

Dr. Ed Michalik (second from right) was named the 2019 BCIU Outstanding Community Partner

The Berks County Intermediate Unit is pleased to recognize Dr. Edward Michalik as the recipient of the 2019 BCIU Outstanding Community Partner Award. Since 1998, Dr. Michalik has served as the administrator of the Berks County Office of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Executive Director for the Area Agency on Aging for the County of Berks.

This is the fifth year the award has been conferred by the Berks County Intermediate Unit. The award is given annually to an individual who:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the importance and role of the BCIU
  • Advocates in the community for the BCIU and the students served
  • Must be someone outside the BCIU (non-employee) who believes strongly in educational services and has demonstrated that commitment through their actions over time.
  • Must be a recognized leader in their respective field and a member of the Berks County community.

In more than 20 years of service to Berks County, Dr. Michalik has been a tireless advocate for mental health awareness, especially for children and youth. He has played a critical role in emergency preparedness and safe schools efforts, including attending meetings, offering valuable input, and forging connections with community partners. Dr. Michalik and the Berks County MH/DD Program have promoted, collaborated, and supported the Keeping Kids Safe Symposium since its inception in 2009. In addition to supporting the BCIU’s initiatives and Berks County schools, Dr. Michalik and the Berks County MH/DD Program have partnered with other community organizations to enhance the quality of life in Berks County.

The Berks County Intermediate Unit offers congratulations and sincere gratitude to Dr. Edward B. Michalik for his leadership and for being a valued partner of the BCIU.

“Berks County Intermediate Unit is truly fortunate to have such a dedicated community leader as our 2019 Outstanding Community Partner, Dr. Ed Michalik. He is committed to service and providing counsel and support … helping those in need to improve the quality of their lives. It has been a privilege for the BCIU to partner with Dr. Michalik and his team in a collective effort to better serve the community.”

Dr. Jill M. Hackman, BCIU Executive Director