Headshot of executive team member Chris Troendle outside.

Chris Troendle

International Development and Programs


Chris Troendle was born in the far northeast corner of Iowa. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University with degrees in Environmental Biology, Studio Art and Graphic Design. After graduation he went to work as an archeological consultant for the next ten years. Still being a young man, he decided that he wanted to give back to society and joined the Peace Corps, serving in The Gambia, West Africa.

While working in Africa he met his wonderful wife and returned to the U.S. to seek his master’s degree. He received his degree in International Development at Clark University with a Summa Cum Laude honors. He continued on to a PhD. that was a specialized combination of environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and food security. Shortly after graduating he worked as a consultant for numerous international agencies such as UNICEF, CRS, USAID, etc.… After fifteen years of world travel, he and his wife wanted to settle down and start a family and soon became the Director of Conservation and Land Management at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa. After serving for five years for Whiterock, he was recruited to take on the role of Chief Executive for the Mid America Council for the Boy Scouts of America. There he had oversight of three states for overall programming, budgeting, and staffing.

Having six boys growing up so far from his home, the loss of his brother and aging parents, he soon came to realize it was time to go home. Within months of reaching his decision to make the next step, to his amazement he was approached to take on a new role as Vice President for Lansing Housing Products. He immediately found a new mission with a purpose. He could be part of a dynamic business that saves the lives of children by manufacturing high quality window screens. This new adventure has brought him home with a purpose and has given him an opportunity to work with an amazing group of people that are changing lives.