State Officers

2024 – 2025 State Officer Team

Karen Wu

State
President

Q

Karen Wu

Have you ever met a Karen? Now you have! She isn’t anything like the stereotype so if you see her in person please come up and say hi. As a third year DECA member, Karen’s DECA story began as a freshman where she quickly fell in love with the DECA spirit. She stands by the fact that DECA has the most hype CTSO members, and the best conferences! Her first ICDC in Atlanta, Georgia was truly life-changing, and Karen will work to provide all Nevada DECA members with even more amazing experiences this year. 

As a Class of 2025 Clark Charger, Karen spends most of her school days hanging out with friends and struggling with math and physics. Why she’s in the math and science magnet program is a mystery to her. Outside of school, Karen uses and maximizes all the skills she’s learned from DECA, acting as the Nevada Chair for AIQ Foundation, a student-run non-profit, and helping out at her family’s restaurant. 

For fun, Karen loves binge reading romance books with a bag of shrimp chips by her side, adding to her already 3,000+ songs Spotify playlist, and relaxing with an “everything shower.” If she’s not rotting in bed, Karen can be found at different cafes around Vegas on the noble quest to satisfy her insatiable need for caffeine. P.S. She highly recommends Madhouse Coffee, The Human Bean, or Bad Owl Coffee Roasters

 

Robert Chondro

Vice President of Career Development

Q

Robert Chondro

Introducing Robert: part time thrillseeker, full time learner! As a third year DECA member (class of 2025) at Clark High School, Robert has served as Executive Director for his chapter, as well as having two second place finishes and a first place finish, qualifying him to ICDC each year he’s competed. As a State Officer, Robert strives to help develop each individual member, giving them the chance to grow their own skills both for competition and the real world. He hopes to leverage his own experiences and knowledge gained from his time in DECA for new and returning members, helping make sure no member is lost during competition season. 

Robert’s DECA journey started when he was a freshman, and his best friend at the time told him to join. Even though he was three months late, he fell in love with the organization, loving its commitment to leadership and innovation. While he experienced a few setbacks (don’t ask him about the Executive Summary incident), he worked extremely hard throughout the year to make sure he would succeed at competition. His second place win at SCDC for his Startup Business Plan only exacerbated his DECA fever, and at ICDC, he was able to meet many other like-minded students from around the country. Each conference at which Robert has competed has forever defined his high school experience, giving him so many memories and friendships he never thought he could have. 

Outside of DECA, Robert holds leadership positions in a few other organizations. He’s a co-founder of Giving to Kids, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing resources to underprivileged children around the world. He also serves as treasurer for his school’s Key Club, where he’s accumulated over 120 volunteer hours, and he’s in the middle of a research project with UNLV on international business marketing strategies. Robert also loves sports, and he’s a varsity swimmer for Clark, while also training MMA outside of school. Although he doesn’t want to admit it, his biggest hobby is being a foodie. He loves trying new things, and his favorite junk food is a massive bag of Ruffles chips. 

Madelyn Suen

Vice President of Finance

Q

Madelyn Suen

Say hi to Maddy, a student of the Class of 2025 at Advanced Technologies Academy and a fulltime dog-lover. Maddy’s passion for DECA began in her sophomore year, after attending her first SCDC and placing 2nd in International Business Plan. The environment of the organization, the memories of attending competition, and the challenges presented by each event were invigorating. Maddy felt inspired to pursue a leadership position for her chapter, and after serving as the VP of Finance for ATA, she now has the privilege of serving Nevada DECA under the same position.

Throughout her time in DECA, Maddy has fallen in love with the competitive and motivating, yet supportive and utterly kind spirit of the DECA community. She loves having friendly competition between peers, while still knowing that, along the way, fun and exciting memories will be made. A major highlight of Maddy’s DECA experiences began as a chapter officer, when she organized several fundraiser social events that allowed her to meet DECA members from across chapters. The confidence she gained and the connections that she formed with other DECA members, within and outside of her
own chapter, will always be a part of her.

Outside of DECA, Madelyn is the president of ATA Mock Trial and the treasurer of NHS, positions that she took up on her journey to fulfill her aspirations of opening her own law firm. In her spare time, you can find Madelyn filling up canvases and sketchbooks, reading historical fiction and romance novels, eating her Takis (nothing can beat Takis), obsessing over every dog she sees, and making new memories with friends and family. Madelyn is always excited to meet other DECA students, so if you ever see her in person, feel free to say hi!

Noa Lovat

Vice President of Hospitality

Q

Noa Lovat

Noa Lovat is a student at The Adelson School (Class of 2025), and she is honored to serve as this year’s Nevada DECA Vice President of Hospitality. Motivated to join by her older sister, Noa has been an active member of her school’s DECA chapter since her Sophomore year. 

Noa enjoys competing in Hospitality and Tourism role plays and writing business plans. After attending ICDC in 2023, Noa decided to run for state office after having a blast meeting like-minded, driven people from all around the world. Noa’s favorite part about being in DECA is gaining real life experience in the business world, and networking with other DECA members at competitions and events.

Noa was born in London and moved to Las Vegas in 2015. Outside of the world of DECA, Noa is on the swim team at The Adelson School, competing in freestyle and backstroke events. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, listen to music, and go to concerts. Noa says her favorite “post-swim snack” is definitely frozen yogurt, specifically the original tart flavor, with chocolate sprinkles. Feel free to reach out to Noa via Instagram @noa.deca, or email her if you ever need anything.

Celine Chang

Vice President of Leadership

Q

Celine Chang

As a member of the Class of 2026 at Ed W. Clark High School, Celine Chang is a second-year DECA member. Apart from being the treasurer for Clark DECA, she also holds leadership positions in and outside of school, focusing on her passion for policy. 

Outside of school, Celine enjoys competing in extemporaneous speaking, dancing, and listening to true crime podcasts. If you have a good recommendation, please feel free to give her some recommendations!

During freshman year, she first learned about DECA from upperclassmen involved in it. Since then, she has won 2nd place at SCDC and received the opportunity to attend ICDC in Florida. Loving all things sweet, from winning to meeting new friends through DECA, Celine also loves visiting new cafes to try out delicious pastries. As the VP of Leadership this year, she hopes to empower others so that they can also reach the sweet taste of success and friendship through DECA!

Nya Neyman

Vice President of Marketing

Q

Nye Neyman

Nya Neyman, Liberty High School Class of 2025, is elated to serve as your 2024-2025 Nevada DECA Vice President of Marketing! Since the first week of her freshman year, Nya has been infatuated with DECA. Surrounded by career and success driven students with like-minded goals, Nya observed the immense opportunities DECA provides to students of the organization. Motivated by her brothers DECA success, she wanted to experience every difference DECA’s impact could have!

Competing in the event of Marketing Communications, Nya loves the broad scope of social media marketing, and enacting change through a global platform. After attending Emerging Leaders Summit with her chapter officer team in the summer of 2022, Nya knew she wanted to broaden her reach of impact in becoming a State Officer, and demonstrate the change that DECA can have on an individual’s life. After serving as Liberty DECA’s Vice President Of Marketing for two years, being the Head of Marketing for the Scrapbooking club, and the National Honor society Historian, with her experience, Nya Neyman became committed to bringing more to Nevada DECA.

Nya’s favorite part of DECA is the international connections built with students of high standards and commitment to growth. Nya loves the opportunities DECA has provided her and provides to all members: Leadership roles, finding her passion for business implementation in real life scenarios, and the applicable skills outside of just the classroom. 

Outside of DECA, Nya loves adventure, traveling and trying new things. In her free time, Nya loves to read, and has a deep passion for literature and writing, a future career pathway she hopes to pursue. She loves anything to do with creativity, including photography, painting, and drawing, Nya loves to be with friends and family. Nya’s late-night favorite treat is definitely Brown Sugar Boba.

Alumni State Officers

2023-2024

  • President: Nancy Munoz, East Career & Technical Academy
  • VP of Finance: Shawn Gutierrez, Advanced Technologies Academy
  • VP of Hospitality: Aleksandra Suk, Clark HS
  • VP of Leadership: Karen Wu, Clark HS
  • VP of Marketing: Asher Leventhal, The Adelson School