About

Governance

The Nevada DECA charter was granted to the Nevada Department of Education in 1961 by the international governing association, DECA Inc.

Operated by a Nonprofit Foundation

Nevada DECA is operated by Nevada DECA, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The corporation is headed by its Board of Trustees comprised of industry, education, and student leadership representatives committed to preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in classrooms across Nevada. The Nevada DECA Board of Trustees works in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education to establish policy, strategic plans, and collaborates with stakeholders to provide student members with real life learning programs and opportunities to enhance their knowledge and leadership abilities.

Advised by Teachers and Students

The Nevada DECA Board of Advisors and DECA State Officer Team serve as permanent advisory bodies for the organization. DECA advisors are elected by their peers to serve on the Board of Trustees for two-year terms. State Officers are elected in a process combining interview scores, knowledge test performance and popular vote from each chapter’s voting delegates. The Nevada DECA management team then nominates two State Officers to serve as Board of Trustees representatives. Together they represent the educator and student perspective in crafting policies and guiding the work of Nevada DECA.

Corporate Bylaws

Nevada DECA, Inc. is governed by its corporate bylaws, which define the purpose and responsibilities of the organization, its Board of Trustees, its chapters and its members.

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Incorporation

The articles of incorporation for Nevada DECA legally document the creation of the Nevada DECA, Inc. corporation.

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501(c)(3) Status

Nevada DECA is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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Constitution

The Nevada DECA Constitution outlines the policies and rules governing the organization.

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Board of Trustees

The Nevada DECA Board of Trustees works in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education to establish policy, strategic plans, and collaborates with stakeholders to provide student members with real life learning programs and opportunities to enhance their knowledge and leadership abilities.

Below you can find the membership, meeting times and locations, policies and past meeting minutes for the Nevada DECA Board of Trustees.

Patrick Connolly
Board Chair, DECA Advisor Representative
Faith Lutheran

Melissa Scott
Board Secretary/Treasurer
Career Tech Strategies

Alex Ellsworth
DECA State Officer Representative

Sophie Bolt
DECA State Officer Representative

Richard Eurich
DECA Advisor Representative

Vince Merrell
Board Chair Elect/Industry Representative
Chick-fil-A

Karla Magana
Collegiate DECA Representative

Kristina Carey
Education Program Professional; Business & Marketing Consultant
Nevada Department of Education

Becky Trimble
State Director
Nevada DECA, Inc.

Mike Oechsner
Executive Director
Nevada DECA, Inc.

Board Meeting Minutes

  • June 10, 2021 (PDF)
  • October 22, 2020 (PDF)
  • August 27, 2020 (PDF)
  • June 17, 2020 (PDF)
  • January 16, 2020 (PDF)
  • June 24, 2019 (PDF)
  • September 5, 2019 (PDF)
  • January 17, 2019
  • September 6, 2018 (PDF)
  • June 28, 2018 (PDF)
  • January 18, 2018 (PDF)
  • October 2017 (PDF)
  • September 7, 2017 (PDF)
  • June 29, 2017
  • May 18, 2017
  • January 19, 2017 (PDF)
  • September 8, 2016 (PDF)
  • September 1, 2016 (PDF)
  • May 19, 2016 (PDF)
  • January 21, 2016 (PDF)
  • September 10, 2015 (PDF)
  • August 5, 2015 (PDF)
  • May 14, 2015 (PDF)
  • January 7, 2015 (PDF)
  • September 12, 2014 (PDF)
  • June 16, 2014 (PDF)
  • May 20, 2014 (PDF)
  • January 9, 2014 (PDF)
  • September 12, 2013 (PDF)
  • May 21, 2013 (PDF)
  • January 10, 2013 (PDF)
  • September 14, 2012
  • May 16, 2012 (PDF)
  • January 12, 2012 (PDF)
  • September 9, 2011 (PDF)
  • June 2, 2011 (PDF)
  • January 13, 2011 (PDF)
  • September 10, 2010 (PDF)
  • May 5, 2010 (PDF)
  • January 14, 2010 (PDF)