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State Team

Leaders of Iowa DECA

Shrey Patel

President

Hi! I’m Shrey Patel, your Iowa DECA President. I’m currently also the Vice President of Finance for Ames High DECA where I’m a Senior. Joining DECA my Freshman year was one of my best career decisions. Not only have I improved my leadership skills and built a thriving network of our awesome members across the state and nation, but DECA has provided me with numerous opportunities to help better my career and to give back to the community that’s given me so much. As your President, my goal is to encourage and ensure every member fully utilizes the opportunities available through DECA and provide support to help members realize their full potential and excel at every level of the competition. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time, and I’ll be happy to help you on your way to success.

Mario Napolitano

Mario Napolitano

Vice President of Leadership

Hi! I'm Mario Napolitano and I am the Vice President of Leadership for Iowa DECA. I am a Junior at Ames high school, two time ICDC qualifier, and I compete in the Business Finance Services event. I'm also the Vice President of Career Development in Ames DECA. Aside from DECA, I play baseball, football, and the trombone. As the Vice President of Leadership, it is my role to ensure the best experience possible for each and every member. Feel free to reach out to me for any reason.

Ellie Booth

Vice President of Marketing

My name is Ellie Booth and I’m so excited to be serving as your 2021-2022 VP of Marketing for this year's DECA term. I have so many ideas to make this year's DECA term unforgettable for each and every one of you.I have been a part of DECA for three years now, as well as being my chapter's president! Outside of DECA, I’m a part of my school's Dance Team and Track Team. I love being involved in activities inside and outside of school because it allows me to meet new people and it gives me so many opportunities. I’m so excited to enhance all of your DECA journeys. Feel free to to reach out to me anytime this year with any questions you may have!

Alina Markutsya

Vice President of Hospitality

Hi! I'm Alina Markutsya, your Vice President of Hospitality. I'm currently a junior and also the Vice President of Career Development at Ames High School. In addition to DECA, I partake in gymnastics and varsity track and field, as well as have a passion for music, reading, and STEM. This 2021-2022 year holds endless opportunities for DECA and I'm so excited to provide support and guide you through your own signature DECA experience! My goal as your state officer is to ensure every member utilizes all of DECA's opportunities and has the best experience possible. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions and feedback! Don’t be afraid to Maximize Your Momentum!

Andrew Cummer

Andrew Cummer

Vice President of Career Development

Greetings members! My name is Andrew Cummer and I will be serving you as Iowa’s 2021-2022 VP of Career Development. I have been involved in DECA for 3 years and will be a senior at Waverly-Shell Rock High School. Through this organization, my passion has grown for business, and I have met some really cool people. Outside of DECA, I stay busy with other activities that suit my interests. I am part of my school’s Cross Country and Track teams, which I have been a part of since my Freshman year. I also currently help lead my school’s FCA (fellowship of christian athletes) chapter. When I am not busy with school activities, I enjoy learning more about finance and the business world. This upcoming term, I look forward to taking DECA to new heights, and helping all of you gain valuable experience. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!

Adrian Guan

Vice President of Community Service

Hello! My name is Adrian Guan, and I am your Vice President of Community Service this year. I have always been involved in DECA since my freshman year and I am currently a junior at Ames High even more involved and excited about DECA. DECA is and will be the only club I join and participate in because of how beneficial the experiences have been, through interacting with other passionate individuals and gaining valuable business experiences through competition, all of it has been fantastic. It is my pleasure to work alongside every chapter around Iowa to improve Iowa DECA’s Momentum! I will also love it if you contact me with questions or really anything because I would love to hear from you all!

Courtney Westvold

Executive Director

Dalton Tonne

State Officer Advisor

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How DECA impacts members

Below are some testimonials from current and past members.

Claire Hellman

Fort Madison

"DECA has given me the opportunity to build friendships with people I never would have met. I have been given many opportunities to develop my professional and leadership skills through conferences in DECA. I believe DECA can provide opportunities for everyone!"

Scott Junck

Ames

"DECA has given me the opportunity to meet new people, become a better leader, and learn about the business world...all while having fun! Due to my experiences in DECA, I can confidently say that I am better prepared for the future than I was before I joined DECA.”

Ethan Schellhorn

Janesville

"DECA is a great group to be a part of. I have made a lot of new friends, made connections, and developed skills I’ll need to be successful in life. Best of all I’ve had a ton of fun, from the competitive events to running service projects. DECA is awesome!"