ACADemy Instructors & Staff


Troy Mihalevich, AAS, CC-NREMTP, I/C

ACADemy Director

Employee Since 1992

Troy started his Emergency Response career in 1986 in the United States Navy where he served as a Damage Controllman and Rescue Technician onboard the USS Stein FF-1065 until 1990. Following his service in the Navy, Troy worked for Kirksville Fire and Rescue until 1992. While working for Kirksville Fire and Rescue, Troy obtained many certifications including Firefighter 1&2, Haz-Mat Technician, Underwater Diver, EMT, and Paramedic. Upon receiving his Paramedic license, Troy went full-time with the Adair County Ambulance District (ACAD) in Kirksville. Troy served as a Field Paramedic and Supervisor for ACAD from 1992-2006. While working as a Field Paramedic/Supervisor for ACAD, Troy was also teaching EMT and Paramedic courses for the Kirksville Area Technical Center (KATC). In 2006 Troy assumed the role of Director of EMS Education and assumed responsibility for all of the internal training conducted for the ACAD crews, as well as the courses offered as a result of the partnership with KATC which include; Medical First Responder, High School EMT, Adult EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic. In 2006 Troy completed the requirements of an Associates of Applied Science –Emergency Management degree from North Central Missouri College in Trenton Missouri, and in 2007 completed the requirements of a Teaching Certificate from University of Central Missouri in Springfield. Troy is also one of the founding members of NEMO Heart Health, and the creator of The ACADemy.

  • In addition to the aforementioned, Troy has also:
    • Worked in the Emergency Room @ KOMC for 4 ½ years (1994-1998)
    • Worked for Air-Evac Lifeteam as a Flight Paramedic for 5 years
    • Worked for Med-ACT (Kansas City) for 1 year
  • Despite any previous or future professional accomplishments, Troy is most proud of:
    • His 22 year marriage to Patti
    • His 2 daughters (Jenna and Lacey)
    • His ongoing spiritual growth
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Troy is a Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals fan
    • Troy enjoys working on his house and lawn
    • Troy enjoys fishing and golfing, admittedly is a terrible golfer, and should spend more time fishing


Autumn Zinn, EMT
ACADemy Instructor
Employee Since 2015

Autumn is from Marshall Missouri where she graduated Marshall High School in 2006. In 2008, she Graduated State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri where she obtained her Associates of Applied Science in Agricultural Business Management with an emphasis in Horticulture. While in College, Autumn obtained her National Registry Emergency Technician and Missouri State License. In 2009 Autumn obtained her AHA CPR Instructor Certification. In 2011 Autumn obtained her Educational Instructor Certification where she served as an adjunct EMT instructor and a Training Officer for Higginsville Missouri EMS. Autumn is a current 2016-2018 Paramedic Student at The ACADemy and has 9 years of EMS Experience. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Autumn enjoys anything outdoors to include running, fishing, camping, floating the river, hunting, and gardening. Autumn thanks her family and friends for her success but most importantly God and is a firm believer that “Anything is possible if you just believe in yourself.”


IMG_2618Tiffany Krueger

ACADemy Administrative Assistant

Employee Since 2015

Tiffany Krueger has lived in Kirksville for 11 years. She attended school in Kirksville and Graduated from Kirksville Senior High School in 2008. Currently Tiffany attends Ashford University Online, where she will soon obtain her Bachelor’s degree.  After meeting her husband Jason while working at Wal-mart, they married in 2009. They have three children, Marissa, Issaiah, and Blake, who bring so much joy to their lives. In addition to spending time with her family, Tiffany enjoys road trips, reading, and crafts.