The Whole Story

Early Years

                  Chris, Age 4

                  Chris, Age 4

Tom and Sheri Trubac moved to Holt from the west side of Lansing in the summer of 1999, transplanting Chris and his siblings from Waverly to Holt public schools.

While growing up, Chris showed a keen interest in the sciences. A vocal critic of whaling and industrial pollution at seven years old, he would spend time after school browsing books on wildlife at the local library.

Chris started playing guitar at age 10, and soon began writing his own songs. He would perform them for anyone who would listen. 

His teachers described him as curious, opinionated, and outspoken. None of these qualities would fade with age.

 

High School

                                 Chris, Age 15 with brother Matt (left)

                                 Chris, Age 15 with brother Matt (left)

For Chris, the road to high school graduation wasn’t easy. Increasingly bored with school, and juggling the pressures of teenage social life, Chris found it difficult to focus on his classes—especially math.

Meanwhile, many of his peers were dropping out, some of them falling into drug use.

It was the constant love and support of his parents—and a network of strong, dedicated teachers—that kept Chris on the right track through those tough times.

Eventually, it paid off; Chris graduated from Holt High School in 2008.

College

Diploma in hand, Chris traveled to the east coast, convinced that the Lansing area had nothing to offer. He enrolled at Holyoke Community College and continued performing as a singer-songwriter, still certain music was his true calling.

To his own surprise, Chris started to excel in school. With the flexibility of college, he was suddenly in control of his studies, and he developed strategies to complement his learning style. He quickly became an honors student.

Chris would later describe this transition—in which he suddenly found himself armed with the tools needed for academic success—as “the most empowering moment of my life.”

Chris performing a song about vernal pools for guests at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA.

Chris performing a song about vernal pools for guests at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton, MA.

In 2011, Chris transferred to the University of Massachusetts, where he studied environmental conservation. While enrolled, he wrote a number of news and lifestyle articles for the school paper. As a junior performing in the top 7% of his class, Chris was admitted to the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. He also helped with an on-campus voter registration drive.

Chris graduated from UMass in 2014, receiving his bachelor’s of science in the conservation of natural resources.

Returning Home

Chris standing with fellow Holt Kiwanis members (including father Tom Trubac, left) serving the community at a Red Cross blood drive. 

Chris standing with fellow Holt Kiwanis members (including father Tom Trubac, left) serving the community at a Red Cross blood drive. 

With a newfound confidence and a longing to return to his family, Chris moved back to Holt after finishing school. Grateful toward the community that had helped him find a path to success, he took an interest in various community activities and service projects.

He also changed his thinking about the Lansing area. Recognizing its potential as a hub for the arts, culture and entertainment, Chris has become dedicated to the region's economic development. Today he is taking a proactive approach toward expanding opportunities in mid-Michigan.

Chris volunteering at the Holt Relay for Life with his friend and mentor, Derrick Quinney.

Chris volunteering at the Holt Relay for Life with his friend and mentor, Derrick Quinney.

Chris served Holt and Okemos public schools as a substitute teacher before obtaining a job as a policy analyst and constituent services director with a state legislative office. He currently works for the office of the Ingham County Register of Deeds, where he directs outreach to help homeowners avoid fraud and plan for the future.

Chris sits on the Board of Directors for Building Twentyone, an after-school youth program for Holt students. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Holt, working to support Kiwanis International’s mission of “making lasting differences in the lives of children.”