2017-2018 Collegiate DECA Executive Officer Candidates

Collegiate DECA is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 executive officer candidates.

These individuals are ready to take on the challenge of serving all Collegiate DECA members and are excited about the opportunities awaiting them this year.

Paul Averhart

Paul Averhart is a freshman at Kean University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in communication. He is currently serving as a New Jersey Collegiate DECA Association Officer, Chapter Co-President of Kean University Collegiate DECA, and works part-time as a student assistant in the New Jersey DECA offices. Paul began his DECA journey as a freshman at Monroe Township High School in N.J. During his senior year, he served over 8,704 members as the Central Region Vice President of the New Jersey DECA High School Division. Now as a Collegiate DECA association officer, Paul is ready take all he has learned during his previous terms and serve on the Executive Officer Team!

Along with DECA and his work experiences Paul is a member of the Accounting Club, Global Business Club, Kean Cougar Volunteers, and a volunteer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As an Executive Officer, Paul plans to improve membership, engagement, resources and communication amongst the Collegiate DECA members.

Taryn Cornman

Taryn Cornman is a junior at Northwood University and majoring in health care management and business management. Taryn got involved in DECA as a freshman in high school and stayed involved for all four years. In her last year of membership, she was elected to serve as a Virginia DECA association officer, along with many other chapter officer roles. DECA changed Taryn’s life which inspired her to stay involved with the organization at the Collegiate level for the last three years.

She is currently serving as Northwood University’s Collegiate DECA president and has been working energetically to grow her chapter and bridge the gap between DECA and Collegiate DECA. Taryn is also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta where she is serving as their Vice President of Operations and Website Coordinator.  She is also St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn’s Public Relations Director and Style Show’s Events Chair. Taryn looks forward to using the knowledge she has gained through her seven-year membership and other leadership roles to make an influential impact on Collegiate DECA. 

Andrew Donnelly

Andrew Donnelly is currently a junior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., studying sports management. His DECA journey started five years ago as a sophomore in high school and has continued all the way up to his junior year of college. Andrew joined DECA in high school because he was looking for a way to grow his leadership skills. Aside from sports, business and entrepreneurship have always been Andrew’s passion. Throughout his six years of being a DECA member, he has always looked for ways to get more involved and has done so by taking on multiple roles with the Johnson & Wales DECA chapter and Rhode Island Collegiate DECA.

At Johnson & Wales, Andrew serves as the events director for his DECA chapter and is the social media coordinator for Rhode Island Collegiate DECA. His goals as a chapter and association officer have always been to assist in growing the leaders of tomorrow through workshops, mentoring and competitive event training. In the future, Andrew hopes to use what he’s learned through DECA to become an entrepreneur in the sports industry and continue to help others grow their leadership skills.

Joe Esposito

Joe Esposito is a senior from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., majoring in human resource management and business administration. He has been an active member of Collegiate DECA since his freshman year of college. Joe has been involved with his chapter for three years, serving on the executive board of his chapter, and working with his team to increase involvement within the organization, particularly by encouraging fellow members to work towards earning the Leadership Passport Award.

In addition, Joe has also served as a state officer for Rhode Island Collegiate DECA, and has consistently collaborated with local chapters in the state to expand and improve Rhode Island Collegiate DECA. Joe aims to bring the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years to encourage members to take advantage of of the opportunities that Collegiate DECA offers, ensure the continuous growth of Collegiate DECA, and expand upon the connections and opportunities that Collegiate DECA has to offer both now and in the future.

Darcie Hill

Darcie Hill’s DECA career began her senior year at Bradshaw Mountain High School and has truly shaped her into the person she is today. Darcie continued with DECA at the collegiate level at Arizona State University, where she is currently pursing two degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship.

Darcie has a genuine love for DECA because the organization introduced her to the career path she is on today, taught her several valuable skills, and has equipped her with an extraordinary network where she can proudly call some of those individuals her best friends. After college, Darcie plans to take her knowledge in business and combine it with her passion for music and work in the music industry.

Jake Jardine

Jake Jardine is a senior at the University of Western Ontario, studying for a degree in management and organizational studies with a specialization in consumer behavior.

Since his junior year in high school Jake has been serving his DECA association at a provincial level, and is thrilled to continue his commitment internationally. Outside of DECA, Jake is passionate about coffee and design and plans to combine these interests one day to run his own coffee shop.

Joshua Koshy

Joshua Koshy’s DECA journey began during his sophomore year of high school, and continued into college, where he was able to find his passion for developing student leaders. Josh’s heart for the organization has allowed him the opportunity to serve in various roles in the chapter and association levels, including Texas Collegiate DECA Association President.

Furthermore, Joshua’s involvement in media and the startup world has challenged him to bring fresh ideas to Collegiate DECA. Josh actively listens to students in both high school and college in order to further enhance the DECA experience, and hopes to engage students to pursue their career goals. After college, Josh strives to work in the creative and startup field, while developing future business leaders to reach their full potential.

Shawn Peterson

Shawn Peterson is a member of Collegiate DECA at the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, N.D., where he is majoring in marketing and human resource management. Shawn has been a member of DECA for eight years beginning in high school in 2009. During his time at UND, Shawn has served as vice president and treasurer, as well as president of the North Dakota Collegiate DECA Association for 2015-2016. He has competed at four Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conferences and was an international finalist in Retail Management.

Shawn held several other leadership positions including President of Toastmasters and Vice President of the UND Sports Business Student Association. Shawn is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Shawn enjoys playing and watching sports especially hockey and spending time with friends. He wants DECA to have an impact on the lives of all of its members like it did for him.

Quinn Stoeckle

Quinn Stoeckle has been involved with Collegiate DECA since her sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. There, she has served as chapter treasurer, and has gained invaluable opportunities and experiences to serve her local community, as well as her college.

Quinn will graduate in May 2018 with majors in both accounting and finance and a minor in business management.  She is an active member of The Golden Key National Honor Society and Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Society. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and new ideas to this great organization, and is eager to work hard to represent all of DECA’s members. Quinn plans to put all of her experiences toward pursue a career in public accounting upon graduation.

Nicole Willis

Nicole Willis is a senior at the University of North Texas and will graduate in August with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism with a focus on advertising. Nicole first got involved in DECA her junior year of high school. Upon arriving at UNT in 2013, she became a founding member of the Collegiate DECA chapter. Since then, Nicole has held the positions of Vice President of Student Outreach and Chapter President.

Nicole has also served as Texas Collegiate DECA Vice President for two years. During this time, she had the opportunity to assist in the planning and management of the Texas Collegiate DECA association conference three years in a row. Nicole’s favorite thing about DECA is helping provide opportunities for students to discover talents and passions that they might not have found without DECA.

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