DECA Certified Trainers

Holly Gregory, Wisconsin

DECA Certified Trainer

Holly is the chartered association advisor for Wisconsin DECA and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2010. Her dedication to DECA began in high school and continued through college, where she majored in marketing and hospitality management while serving as a Wisconsin DECA state officer. Though she originally aspired to a career in event planning, Holly went on to…

Patty Igo, West Virginia

DECA Certified Trainer

Patty has been a classroom teacher for 41 years and DECA chapter advisor for 35 at Poca High School in Poca, West Virginia. While 2012 is her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer, Patty has seen over twenty of her DECA members serve as state officers of West Virginia, with one going on to serve as vice president of…

Betty Sias, West Virginia

DECA Certified Trainer

For the past 16 years, Betty has served as the business and marketing coordinator and DECA chartered association advisor at West Virginia’s Department of Education. She completed her first Train the Trainer Certification Course in 2010 and has attended every year since. Betty feels that training modules and other resource materials are instrumental in increasing the state’s DECA membership. Training…

Ryan Witzig, Virginia

DECA Certified Trainer

Ryan is entering her fourth year as the Virginia DECA chartered association advisor and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2010. She is a high-energy and passionate trainer who is admired for her fun and innovative approaches to advisor training. Prior to serving as the Virginia chartered association advisor, Ryan spent five years in the classroom as a marketing…

Cheryl Ann M. Niedzwiecki, Vermont

DECA Certified Trainer

Cheryl is the hospitality and entrepreneurship instructor and DECA chapter advisor at Stafford Technical Center in Wallingford, Vermont, and is beginning her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. She has been involved with DECA for eight years, during which she has served on the DECA Secondary Advisory Council, had many members qualify to attend the International Career Development Conference,…

JoAnn M. Rauert, Vermont

DECA Certified Trainer

JoAnn is the chartered association advisor for Vermont DECA and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2012. Her interest in DECA began when she was a high school member and state officer, and it even influenced her to eventually pursue a career in business. JoAnn has quite the diverse background; her career experiences include owning her own business, managing…

Karsten Waker, Utah

DECA Certified Trainer

Karsten is a teacher and DECA chapter advisor at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, and also serves as Utah’s assistant chartered association advisor. He became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and brings 16 years of classroom and DECA chapter advising experience to his role. Karsten, like his colleague Vince Merrell, is a seasoned and active DECA chapter…

Vince Merrell, Utah

DECA Certified Trainer

Vince is a teacher and DECA chapter advisor at Herriman High School in Herriman, Utah, and also serves as Utah’s chartered association advisor. He became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Vince believes that when advisors take the time to learn how to be better advisors, they can have a greater…

Kathy Firkins, Texas

DECA Certified Trainer

Kathy worked as a corporate trainer before becoming a marketing teacher and DECA chapter advisor at her former high school. Combining her passion for marketing education with her background in corporate training, Kathy is embarking on her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. Although a novice school teacher, she is hardly unfamiliar with teaching. As a corporate trainer, Kathy…

Sandra Hinesly, Texas

DECA Certified Trainer

Sandra is the current chartered association advisor for Texas DECA and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2010. She is a high-energy trainer who brings real-world experience from nearly three decades of teaching marketing students and advising DECA chapters to her sessions. Using a variety of workshop models, Sandra and her team were able to train two-thirds of their…

Sarah G. Williams, Tennessee

DECA Certified Trainer

Sarah is a Tennessee CTE specialist for both DECA and FBLA and became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. She began her teaching career in 2003 at Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, and eventually moved to Alcoa High School in Alcoa, Tennessee. Sarah pioneered the marketing education and DECA programs at both schools and was active with various business-related…

Tyra Pilgrim, Tennessee

DECA Certified Trainer

Tyra has been a marketing teacher at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for 10 years and is in her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. An enthusiastic trainer, she is excited to share what she has learned through her completion of the Train the Trainer certification course with other advisors and administrators. Tyra believes her students will succeed…

Marsha E. Bock, Rhode Island

DECA Certified Trainer

Marsha has been Rhode Island’s chartered association advisor for 27 years. She sits on DECA’s Board of Directors and became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2010. Marsha first discovered her passion for DECA in high school. DECA brought her classroom to life and revealed meaningful connections between her coursework and part-time position at Sears, and also sparked her own interest…

Debi Cline, New Mexico

DECA Certified Trainer

Debi has 25 years of teaching experience and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2010. Debi’s training philosophy is “we all have something to learn, something to contribute, and something to be the expert at!” The trick is finding each of those in all DECA advisors. Debi has an open-door policy to training; she expects advisors to have questions…

Tina Fulks, Nevada

DECA Certified Trainer

Tina has been a high school business teacher and DECA chapter advisor for nine years and is beginning her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. Her DECA chapter has been named Chapter of the Year for six of her nine years as advisor. Tina has served on Nevada DECA’s Board of Trustees and is the written events coordinator at…

Curtis Haley, Nevada

DECA Certified Trainer

Curtis attended the inaugural Train the Trainer certification course in 2010 and is currently in his second year as Nevada DECA’s chartered association advisor. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the chartered association, he oversees Nevada DECA’s officer coaching program and routinely provides competition training for members and advisors. One might say that becoming a chartered association advisor…

Janet Butler, Nebraska

DECA Certified Trainer

Janet is a marketing educator at Millard West High School in Millard, Nebraska, and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2011. She brings a wealth of experience to her training. Janet has been teaching marketing in Millard Public Schools for 27 years; she spent her first 10 at Millard South High School and has spent the past 17 at…

Nicole Coffey, Nebraska

DECA Certified Trainer

Nicole has been with Nebraska DECA since 2004 and is currently in her fifth year as chartered association advisor. She participated in the first Train the Trainer certification course in 2010 and has represented Nebraska every year since. Nicole strongly believes that passionate, prepared, and supported chapter advisors are at the core of a successful state association, and she works…

Cara Posegate, Missouri

DECA Certified Trainer

Cara taught six years of marketing education at the Saline County Career Center (SCCC) in Marshall, Missouri. She is currently Missouri DECA’s professional development advisor and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2012. For the past six years, Cara’s mission has been to create a larger DECA presence in the Marshall community, which she achieved through projects, promotion, publicity,…

Tim Gilmore, Mississippi

DECA Certified Trainer

Tim is the chartered association advisor for Mississippi Collegiate DECA and the chapter advisor at Northeast Mississippi Community College, where, in addition to teaching, he serves as program director of the Hotel and Restaurant Management/Culinary Arts Department. He became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and brings a wealth of hands-on DECA experience to his new role. Tim’s involvement in…

Charlotte Bryant, Mississippi

DECA Certified Trainer

Charlotte is the current Mississippi chartered association advisor for both DECA and Collegiate DECA. She has worked in education for over 15 years and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2011. As a certified trainer, Charlotte has successfully implemented various Train the Trainer modules with numerous teachers across the state. She prefers to conduct one-on-one training so teachers are…

David Wait, Michigan

DECA Certified Trainer

Dave has served as the chartered association advisor for Michigan DECA at Eastern Michigan University since 1986 and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2012. Prior to 1986, he was a marketing education instructor and DECA chapter advisor at the Saginaw Career Complex. As a state director, Dave works to find new ways to connect DECA’s programs to marketing…

Jennifer DeClerck, Michigan

DECA Certified Trainer

Jennifer is a business teacher and DECA chapter advisor at Mt. Morris High School in Mt. Morris, Michigan, where she offers courses in marketing, accounting, and retail store operations. She became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. Beyond the classroom, Jennifer oversees work-based learning and co-op students, serves as the sophomore class advisor, and assists with many after-school activities. During…

Dana Boice, Michigan

Dana has been teaching for 15 years and is beginning her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. She is currently a marketing teacher at Utica High School in Utica, Michigan, where she has been offering courses in marketing and retail store operations for the past nine years. Dana has acted as chapter advisor for 14 years and has increased…

Paul Grethel, Louisiana

DECA Certified Trainer

Paul has been Louisiana DECA’s chartered association advisor since 2004 and became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. He taught business and marketing education for 31 years and recently retired. While a teacher, Paul worked with peer mediation, served as an FBLA advisor for 31 years, and was a DECA advisor for 17 years. He was St. Bernard Parish School…

Thomas W. Schwarz, Jr., Georgia

DECA Certified Trainer

Tom is a marketing teacher and DECA advisor at Camden County High School (CCHS) in Kingsland, Georgia. He serves as Southern Region Director of Georgia DECA’s Board of Directors and became a DECA Certified Trainer in 2012. Having taken a non-traditional path to teaching, Tom brings a rich and diverse background to his role as trainer. After 20 years in…

Shannon Aaron, Georgia

DECA Certified Trainer

Shannon completed her DECA Certified Trainer course in 2012 and is the current Georgia DECA chartered association advisor. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of her association, she plans and implements programs and activities that support marketing education in Georgia. Shannon also provides mentoring and coaching to local DECA chapters. Prior to her service as a DECA chartered association…

Lynore Levenhagen, Florida

DECA Certified Trainer

Lynore is a DECA powerhouse! In addition to her position as Florida DECA’s chartered association advisor, she advises a DECA chapter at Lyman High School, where she offers courses in marketing, fashion marketing, and sports and entertainment marketing. Upon completing the certification course in 2010, DECA Certified Trainer was added to Lynore’s list of accolades. Her 26 years of teaching…

Bill Leete, Connecticut

DECA Certified Trainer

Bill is beginning his fifth year as Connecticut DECA’s chartered association advisor and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2010. He believes in a hands-on approach to acclimating new teachers to the world of DECA; Bill visits each new advisor at his or her school to conduct a one-on-one session on DECA’s mission and guidelines. He also discusses strategies…

Catherine Pinkas, California

DECA Certified Trainer

Catherine has been teaching for 17 years and is just beginning her first year as a DECA Certified Trainer. She is currently a business instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, California, where she offers courses in marketing, advertising, and project management. Catherine restarted a Collegiate DECA chapter at Chabot College, the only one in northern California, after seven years of…

Laurie Andrews, California

DECA Certified Trainer

Laurie is a marketing and business ownership teacher with the Tri Valley Regional Occupational Program on the Amador Valley High School campus. She teaches courses in the economics of business ownership, marketing, and sports and entertainment marketing. Laurie has been teaching for 25 years and became a DECA Certified Trainer in June of 2012. She brings a rich background to…

Brycen Woodley, California

DECA Certified Trainer

Brycen is California DECA’s chartered association advisor and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2011. He is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker for CTSO groups and has been quite successful in guiding others in developing their own leadership styles. During the 2011-2012 school year, Brycen trained an astounding 71 advisors. His favorite part of training is helping advisors…

Debbie Moore, Arizona

DECA Certified Trainer

Debbie is a marketing education teacher at Raymond S. Kellis High School in Glendale, Arizona, and has been a DECA Certified Trainer since 2011. While teaching was not her first career, Debbie has amassed an astounding list of accomplishments to rival even veteran teachers. In addition to helping establish the marketing program at her school and being the first to…