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The mission of the Change Happens Foundation is to act as a meaningful catalyst towards positive change. We are a private, family-based organization committed to helping highly motivated groups with pioneering programs and forward-thinking projects.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

- Nelson Henderson

History

The Change Happens Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation, was established in 2001 by President and CEO Douglas Troxel following his retirement from Serena Software. The Foundation was founded in Holualoa, Hawaii with Sergei Troxel serving as Secretary and Michael Troxel as CFO and VP of Administration. Kenneth Troxel and Kristin Nong later joined the Board of Directors, transforming the Change Happens Foundation into a genuine family foundation.

Board of Directors

Douglas D. Troxel - President and Chief Executive Officer

Doug holds a B.S. in Mathematics, with a minor in Physics, from Iowa State University class of 1967. He founded SERENA software in 1980, establishing an industry standard for software change management on mainframe computer systems. Doug sold SERENA to Micro Focus in 2016. He sits on several boards, including: 1) Standard Alcohol which is an Intellectual Property (IP) licensing company for the catalyzing of Natural Gas into Mixed Alcohols; 2) Director's Council of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara; 3) Executive Board of Novim which studies major social problems, including long term climate change and methane leakage, using pure science; and 4) Caring Together In Hope which is a support group for those suffering with Alzheimer's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia.

Michael D. Troxel - Vice President of Administration

Michael D. Troxel attended the private liberal arts school of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University Chico, where he was awarded the Medal for Outstanding Achievement for participation in America's first student-run SAP Competency Center. Michael is currently employed with IBM Information Management working on WebSphere Business Integration as an SAP Basis Administrator.

Serge G. Troxel - Chief Secretarial Officer

Serge G. Troxel holds a BA in English Comparative Literature and an MBA in Wine Business Management. He is currently the founder of VinAtlas and the pioneer of Global Fusion wine.

Kenneth D. Troxel - Director

Kenneth Troxel holds an associates and bachelors degree in accounting from AIB College of Business of Des Moines, Iowa.

Kristin D. Nong - Director

Kristin D. Nong attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She finished her degrees at the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, Iowa. Kristin holds two Associate of Business degrees; one with an emphasis in Sales and Marketing and the other with an emphasis in Financial Management. She finished both degrees on the school's Honor Roll and Presidential Scholar Roll.