Kristal Roop works professionally as a project manager for large excavators at Caterpillar and serves voluntarily on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Peoria -- something she has done for the past 10 years.
She has also served on the advisory board of the Women's Fund, part of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.
"When I first moved to Peoria ten years ago, I really didn't know anyone other than working with the few people on the phone from another Caterpillar office," she said. "So my way of meeting people in the community and learning about my community was to volunteer and give back."
"And through Junior League and other organizations, I've been involved with I've made the best friends that I have today and have been inspired and been mentored by several community leaders that have really impacted me.