2018 Invest in a Girl Celebration

2018 Invest in a Girl Celebration
Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 5:15 - Reception, 6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program
Location: Huntsville Botanical Garden
Cost: $75.00 for Individual Tickets
Dress: Business Attire
Keynote Speaker: Lynn Troy

Event Purpose:
The purpose of the Invest In A Girl Celebration is to raise funds that will support Girls Inc. of Huntsville’s growth initiative which will allow the agency to double the number of girls served by 2020. Funds raised will support expansion efforts at Sonnie Hereford Elementary School, McNair Junior High School, Huntsville Junior High School and Jemison High School. Girls Inc. understands the importance of providing young girls exposure to diverse role models who epitomize hard work, intelligence, and resilience.


Featured Speaker:


Lynn Troy

Ms. Lynn Troy is the co-founder and CEO of Troy 7, Inc. Troy7 is a Woman-Owned Aerospace Engineering Company focused on telemetry, missile design and analysis, guidance and control, intel, and directed energy. Troy7’s personnel have supported over 250 missions for the Missile Defense Agency, NASA, SMDC, and the Navy. Troy7’s office is headquartered in Huntsville with additional personnel in Colorado Springs and White Sands Missile Range. As the CEO of Troy7 Ms. Troy’s responsibilities have ranged from securing new business and setting up all the internal business systems and procedures required for government contracting to employee benefit plan structuring, payroll, and facilities management. Her most important role is being the leader of an extremely talented group of engineering professionals and guiding the company. Troy7 has been incredibly honored to receive the Chamber of Commerce’s Best Place to Work in the Small Business Division for the last six consecutive years (2013-2018).

Ms. Troy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Prior to founding Troy7 in 2007, she spent over 19 years at Teledyne Brown and Teledyne Solutions as a missile flight engineer. The core of Ms. Troy’s work at Teledyne was analyzing target system performance against established end-user threat-based requirements and supporting weapon system flight testing at remote launch sites.

In addition to Troy7, Ms. Troy is one the owners of Rocket Republic Brewing Company, a local craft brewery incorporated in 2013. Ms. Troy has been the Treasurer of the Rocket Republic Board of Directors since its inception.

Ms. Troy is currently serving on the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Board of Directors, the Chamber Finance Committee, the 305 8th Street Board of Directors (Secretary), the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Community Foundation’s Women’s Endowment Advisory Board, and the Burritt Advisory Council. In 2018, Ms. Troy was incredibly honored to receive the Russell G. Brown Executive Leadership award at the Huntsville Small Business Awards and to be recognized as one of Alabama Media Groups 2018 Women Who Shape the State. In 2013, the Women’s Economic Development Council honored Ms. Troy in the Technology Category at their Women Honoring Women event. Ms. Troy is a graduate of the Huntsville/Madison County Leadership Flagship Class (L29) and has volunteered as a day-team chair/co-chair for the L30 and L31 classes. Ms. Troy resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, John Troy. The Troy’s have four (4) children and six (6) grandchildren.




Amanda Howard

In 2004, Amanda Howard relocated to Huntsville, Alabama along with her husband. Her love of real estate assured her the move would be beneficial despite the fact that she was in a new city. She began on her path to success by gaining real estate knowledge and thoroughly studying the local real estate market. During her first full year of real estate in Huntsville, Amanda closed 77 homes as a single agent in a new town. Within two short years Amanda had made an impeccable impression on the community and was recognized as the top sales agent in her office, as well as within the SE division of the U.S.

Now she leads a dedicated team, helping clients realize their home dreams. With specialists working in almost every area of real estate, the Amanda Howard Real Estate Team has thorough knowledge of the market within the Huntsville area. They can help determine if the home you want is affordable from calculating additional costs like tax laws and average utilities. For home sellers, they know what price point clients can sell for and know how to professionally negotiate a deal between buyers. With all this knowledge, they continually strive to be your local area experts in real estate!

Dr. Juanita Christensen

Dr. Christensen was selected for Senior Executive Service in February, 2015. She serves as the Director, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) at Redstone Arsenal, AL. AMRDEC comprises approximately 10,000 military and civilian professional, scientific, and support personnel and manages a combined mission and reimbursable customer funded budget of approximately $2.9 billion annually. The Director manages the Aviation and Missile RDEC, plans, and executes technical research and engineering programs and demonstrations, e.g., research, exploratory development, Advance Concept Technology Demonstrations, and field support engineering functions of the Center.

As Director, she provides support to both missile and aviation commodities in such areas as product assurance; software engineering; system engineering; production, test, and evaluation management; and business management. As top civilian authority and scientific and engineering expert on research and development for aviation and missiles in the Command, she exercises direct line authority over all activities to assure adequacy of budgeting, planning, conduct, and effectiveness of projects and a balanced and competent technical capability.

Dr. Neena James

Neena James received her bachelor of science in biomedical studies from Auburn University, graduating Suma Cum Laude. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts, with a presidential scholarship. While in school, she received the prestigious Trustee of the Year award from the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) National Board of Trustees. Additionally, Dr. James has conducted laboratory research in metabolic disease, ocular oncology, and ocular drug delivery. Dr. James enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, yoga, watching sports, and being involved in numerous philanthropic organizations in Huntsville.