Volunteer of the Year
Treasury Capital Risk Manager
Troy started his Junior Achievement journey in 2010 and has taught grades ranging from Kindergarten to Senior in High School. He has become focused over the years on the High School age group (9th-12th) at Peoria Central H.S. There Troy has formed a partnership with his teacher, Holly Duke-Kupferschmidt, where they deliver a breadth of J.A. programs covering economics, personal finance, and career development. “I greatly admire and appreciate working with Holly for her passion of bringing J.A. into the classroom, her ability to connect with the students, and her skills in managing the classroom. She clearly cares about her students’ future.”
As to why Junior Achievement, Troy responds “I like to provide the students a ‘glimpse’ of what their lives can be like – the jobs available, the work performed, the community where we all help each other become better”. Troy, his wife Lila, and their four children, ages 11 to 24, live in Dunlap. His family has lived in another country, hosted exchange students, and travelled the world thanks to a challenging and rewarding career at Caterpillar. Troy gives credit to his employer, Caterpillar, for allowing him the time to pursue such a worthwhile initiative as Junior Achievement.