Profiles

Karsten Waker, Utah

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…

Vince Merrell, Utah

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.…

Kathy Firkins, Texas

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…

Sandra Hinesly, Texas

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…

Sarah G. Williams, Tennessee

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…

Tyra Pilgrim, Tennessee

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…

Marsha E. Bock, Rhode Island

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…

Tina Fulks, Nevada

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…

Curtis Haley, Nevada

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…

Janet Butler, Nebraska

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…

Nicole Coffey, Nebraska

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…

Cara Posegate, Missouri

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…

Tim Gilmore, Mississippi

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…

Charlotte Bryant, Mississippi

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…

David Wait, Michigan

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…

Paul Grethel, Louisiana

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…

Thomas W. Schwarz, Jr., Georgia

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…

Shannon Aaron, Georgia

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…

Lynore Levenhagen, Florida

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…

Bill Leete, Connecticut

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…

Catherine Pinkas, California

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…

Laurie Andrews, California

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…

Brycen Woodley, California

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…

Debbie Moore, Arizona

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…

DECA Alumni Help Motivate Current Members

Take a walk down memory lane and reconnect with your school’s DECA alumni! This is one of the best ways to help new chapter members think about their future while motivating them to THRIVE in DECA. In late October, Beverly…

Idea to Reality

What started as a brainstorm for DECA’s competitive events has turned into a reality and a patented product.