2017-2018 State Executive Officer Committee


Veyola Rezkalla, President

Hello, my name is Veyola Rezkalla and I am serving as your 2016-2017 Delaware DECA State President. I am a senior at Christiana High School, and I have been involved with DECA for 3 years. Apart from DECA, I am involved in the National Honor Society serving as the Vice President, FFA, NSHSS, the YWCA, Best Buddies, Student Government, and the girls’ Varsity soccer team. What makes DECA unique is that it provides you with skills that can be used in just about every aspect of your life. One thing that I got out of joining DECA was the connections that I was able to make and the people I had the privilege of meeting. Being part of this organization is such an amazing experience and I am truly grateful to be able to take part in it. I hope to see you at our conferences this year, and I look forward to seeing Delaware DECA Rise Up!


Mason Smith, Vice President

Mason Smith is a three year DECA member from Appoquinimink High School, where he has served as the chapter’s marketing manager, fundraising manager, chapter president, and currently serves as Delaware DECA Vice President. He is also a proud committee member of Making Strides, where he helped organize a walk that raised $300,000 for breast cancer. As someone familiar with SCDC, ICDC and CTSO programs, he aspires to pursue a degree in business, and eventually manage a crisis management firm. Mason is a DECA fanatic and has a strong passion for business, management, and marketing. Mason loves interacting with all DECA members, and he is very excited to Own his Future and Rise Up! Follow Mason on Twitter: @DECAMasonMS.

Tyler Timson, Secretary

 My name is Tyler Timson, I am the Delaware DECA State Secretary. I am a Senior at Milford Senior High School and I’ve been a member of DECA for 3 years. I am a varsity basketball player for Milford, a DFRC Blue Gold Ambassador, and am a Community In School Mentor for Freshman in my school.

Alexander Sass, Treasurer


Chandani Patel, Reporter

Hello everyone! My name is Chandani Patel and I am your DE DECA 2016-2017 State Reporter! I attend Christiana High School and this is my senior year of high school. I have been a member of my local DECA chapter for 4 years now, this is sadly my last year! I have competed for the past three years and I placed at CDC two out of the three times! The first competition I ever competed in was a Hospitality and Tourism case study my freshman year. My sophomore year I did the same event and placed 2nd at states and had the honor of going to Orlando, FL for nationals! It was one of the best experiences I’ve had in high school and I’m glad to say that I was able to do it! My junior year I competed in a written exam and placed 3rd at states. My partner and I were a little sad but happy we still placed! I once again had the chance to go to nationals in Nashville, TN. This was another great experience for me and my high school career! A fun fact about me is that I recently went to India and got to visit the Taj Mahal! I was astounded! It was so beautiful and breathtaking! It’s definitely a sight to see! “If you believe you can achieve” are words that resonate with me. DECA has given me confidence to try new things and make things happen; I can’t wait to Rise Up DE!

Management Team

Lisa Wilson, State Advisor

Denise Christiansen, Executive Associate

Corinne Stayton, Administrative Assistant

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street
Suite 2
Dover, Delaware 19901


Own Your Future

DECA Inc. is pleased to announce that “Own Your Future” will be the 2016-2017 theme.

Now is your time to prepare for college and career, and DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program offers so many opportunities to help you determine your own destiny!

From innovative conferences that allow you to network with college representatives and potential employers, to challenging competitions that open new doors for creativity and successful thinking, DECA allows every member to discover their potential and explore unique pathways.

Even members who are unsure of what they want their futures to look like can benefit from the diverse experiences DECA provides. Traveling to new places, networking with new friends and conquering new challenges are all building blocks into creating a future you could only dream about.

DECA is ready to help you conquer your education and career goals – are you?

It’s your future, so own it! 

Share your future goals with @DECAInc on Twitter with #OwnYourFuture all year long!