Leadership Troy consists of representatives from various community organizations, businesses, and individuals that strive to promote Troy community improvement programs, the exchange of community information, and provide a venue to recognize volunteers and corporate citizens that positively impact the quality of life in Troy.
Since 1993, Leadership Troy has been serving as Troy's Community Connection by keeping community organizations informed of what each is doing in Troy and individuals aware of volunteer opportunities . It has implemented Troy Futures Report ideas like Ethni-City and the North Woodward Community Foundation. Leadership Troy has conducted many Public Forums that have focused on such diverse topics as the Proposed Transit Center, The Future of the Troy Public Library, Arts in Troy, Green Design, Wireless Oakland, Technology and You, Programs that work for Vulnerable Youth and Get the Facts on Savings and Investing.
Leadership Troy is a nonprofit organization. It operates as a component fund under the North Woodward Community Organization (NWCF), a 501 C 3 organization. (NWCF is incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan.) Donations to NWCF-Leadership Troy fund are tax deductible.
WHO WE ARE
JIM CYRULEWSKI - PRESIDENT
Jim is a founding member of Leadership Troy. He has been president of the organization since 2008 and continues to connect volunteers with opportunities through his leadership. However, Leadership Troy is just one of his several current organizations for which he volunteers. He is secretary of the North Woodward Community Foundation (NWCF) and serves as its Coordinator of the Foundation’s Senior Home Assistance Repair Program (SHARP). This program provides basic home repair services to seniors, disabled and deployed servicemen/women. With SHARP, volunteers (mainly other seniors) are given the opportunity to volunteer and help out other community members in need. The program started in Troy and is now in Clawson, Madison Heights and Auburn Hills. Jim was named Troy's Distinguished Citizen in 1987 for his volunteer work around the community and for being a member, and later President, of the Troy School Board.
Jim is a strong believer in teamwork. He knows that a community prospers when people work together. Leadership Troy is proud to host the banquet where outstanding citizens, community organizations, and community-oriented businesses receive recognition and happy to share the many volunteer opportunities available in the community. All this keeps our community connected, strong and vibrant.
"Volunteering is the best way for a person to show his/her appreciation for the many blessings one receives during their lifetime."
MARY KERWIN - VICE PRESIDENT
Mary Kerwin has been a member of Leadership Troy since 2000. She owns her own business and is known statewide for her work in Leadership Development. She is a member of Michigan Association of School Boards’ Effective Partnerships Program and works as an instructor and facilitator.
Mary served two terms on the Troy Board of Education. Active on the local, county, state and national board association, she received NSBA’s Outstanding Board Member Award and MASB’s President’s Award, the highest awards given by these associations.
A Master Citizen Planner, she has served on the Troy Planning Commission, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Troy City Council. She is the recipient of three awards from the Michigan Municipal League in recognition of her Education, Leadership, and Governance and has served as President of MML’s Elected Officials Academy.
She has been President of the Women Officials Network and is currently President of the WON Foundation. She was named Troy’s Distinguished Citizen in 2012 and Diversity Champion in 2014.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou
ROBERT (BOB) PRESTON - TREASURER
As a member of Leadership Troy since 1999, and treasurer since 2000, Robert has done an incredible amount of work to help improve the community. Robert has served as a Trustee of the Troy School District for nearly 10 years and served as a secretary, vice president, and president for just as long for the TSD board for just as long. Although it may seem like Preston does not have a lot of time to spare with all of this work, he continues to help the community even with such a busy schedule with his work in the Troy Family Daze Festival since 1998 and on Sundays, you can find him singing tenor in the choir at St. Anastasia's 10:15 Mass.
Robert believes that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life, that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations, that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise, that government should be of laws rather than of men, that earth’s great treasure lies in human personality, and that service to humanity is the best work of life.
CAROL ZHANG - SECRETARY
Carol Zhang is a relatively new member of Leadership Troy. She, at first, began as a Troy High School Student Representative and is now secretary. As a sophomore at Troy High, she is finally starting to settle in to high school life and beginning to make her mark. Currently, she is a member of HOSA, Science Olympiad, and Project Lead; Carol is also a Student Government Representative, an Executive Board member of the Business Consulting Initiative (a subsection of Step On Poverty), and the secretary of an unofficial, but quaint gardening club at Troy High. Carol is interested in giving back to the community whether it be through volunteering at community bingo games or fixing up the gardens at senior living centers. Either way, she places great importance in volunteerism and helping others.
Carol believes in volunteering because she recognizes her privilege and how lucky she is to have the opportunity and ability to give back. She believes that pouring her time and energy into the community or those in need is a worthwhile and necessary part of life.
"The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, your attention, your love, your concern."