Isha Shah, a senior at Ed W. Clark High School, is honored to serve as your 2019-2021 State President. She hopes to help members take advantage of all of the opportunities that Nevada DECA provides. Isha is a fourth-year member, two-term chapter officer, and experienced competitor.
During her first year as a member, Isha spent her time discovering all that DECA has to offer and developing her skills as a competitor and a leader. Under guidance from her advisors and chapter president, Isha ended her first year with a top ten finish in Principles of Marketing at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Emboldened by her success and excited to give back to her chapter, she decided to run for her chapter’s secretary. She was able to gain hands-on experience, helping members choose their competitive path in DECA and learn, from the rest of the board, how to effectively lead her chapter. Using the knowledge and skills she gained her previous year, she decided to run for her chapter’s Vice President of Membership. Ending her second year as a DECA member with a fourth-place finish at ICDC in Business Finance Series and a chapter leadership position, Isha went into her third year excited to run for State Office and help each member “shine bright like diamonds.”
Isha’s main goals this year are to expand opportunities for members in the form of internship opportunities and help Nevada DECA achieve new competitive success.
Aside from DECA, Isha is a competitive figure skater and youth charity leader. She has competitively skated for nine years and is also a youth leader for Ekal Vidyalaya, a charity organization which raises funds for rural villages in India.
Isha hopes that she can have a lasting impact on Nevada DECA by helping members shine bright and is honored and excited for the upcoming year.
Vihaan Jain, a senior in the Biomedical Sciences program at West Career and Technical Academy, is honored to serve as your 2020-2021 Vice President of Career Development! Vihaan’s aim is to allow every DECA member to grow into the best competitors that they can be at SCDC and ICDC by providing them with specialized resources and maintaining open communication throughout the year.
Vihaan first became a member of DECA in his freshman year and was instantly captivated by the opportunities and learning experiences that came from DECA’s competitive events program. His passion for success in competition allowed him to win first place at SCDC three years in a row; once for Principles of Business Management and Administration and twice for Human Resources Management. He then went on to become an international finalist for HRM at ICDC 2019.
With his experience in competition, Vihaan wanted to help support his local chapter so he became the Competition Preparation Officer. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting new people within his chapter and helping them perform at their best at SCDC, which motivated him to become a state officer for Nevada DECA.
Outside of DECA, Vihaan is a member of his school’s HOSA chapter, Speech and Debate team, and Science Olympiad team. He also regularly volunteers for his local hospital and is a member of Ekal Vidyalaya, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities across India.
In the future, Vihaan dreams to combine his passions for business management and medicine by establishing his own medical practice and allowing it to expand over time. He also dreams to travel the world, meet people from different cultures, and visit a variety of famous landmarks.
This year, Vihaan is excited to work with Nevada DECA members for competition and can’t wait to make it a truly memorable year!
Christen Joy Smith, a senior at West Career and Technical Academy in the Business Management program, is honored to serve as your 2020-2021 Vice President of Marketing. She looks forward to being a leader and innovator for Nevada DECA, pursuing new ideas with her state officer team and strengthening the organization as a whole.
Christen has been a member of DECA for three years and a chapter officer for two years. During her first SCDC, she was able to create a handmade scrapbook for her chapter that won first place in the competition. Christen has also been awarded first place overall for her Franchise Business Plan at SCDC 2020. DECA has allowed Christen to find her passion in restaurant management as a future career. By being a state officer, she hopes to give back to DECA by creating opportunities for members to connect through unifying activities on social media platforms.
Outside of DECA, Christen lives a family-based and health-oriented lifestyle. She is actively involved in her yoga club at school and loves to cook fresh and nutritious sustenance for her mom and dad. Christen has two guinea pigs who increase her vegetable consumption daily. Her favorite subject is Chemistry and she loves to scrapbook. She is an avid competitor in National History Day, earning a proclamation from the Clark County Commissioner Board for a historical documentary that is now used by medical professionals. Christen volunteers taking care of a garden with the other teens in the Veterans Memorial Youth Council to provide beauty and fresh produce to the community. Christen is also a member of the National Honor Society and National Business Honor Society.
Whether it’s a question about DECA, cooking, or a conversation about life, Christen would love to talk! Contact her with any questions you may have.
Naomi Kiel, a junior in Clark High School’s Academy of Finance magnet program, is so excited to serve on Nevada DECA’s state officer team for the 2020-2021 term as Vice President of Finance! She can’t wait to see what heights Nevada DECA members will reach as they continue to work hard to exceed their goals.
Naomi joined DECA her freshman year and fell in love with the competitive nature of the organization. During her first SCDC she took the time to learn all about the organization. She learned quite a bit and came back the next year to win first place in both Hospitality and Lodging Management, and Business Services Operations Research. Although she wasn’t able to attend ICDC due to its cancellation, she is so thankful for the experiences she has made.
When she is not dedicating her time to DECA, Naomi loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, reading, practicing yoga, and engaging in outdoor activities. She sees a lot of value in giving one’s mind time to adjust itself outside of daily obligations such as academics, work, and DECA.
Naomi sees herself pursuing a career in finance or global business in the future and can’t wait to steer her education in that direction. As she has dual German and American citizenship, she may decide to go to college overseas.
Naomi is always willing to talk and encourages you to contact her with any questions!
Arianna Ophir, a dedicated and passionate senior at West Career and Technical Academy, is enthusiastic to join the Nevada DECA state officer team as the Vice President of Hospitality. As she is driven by leadership, creativity, and the power to connect, she looks forward to bringing Nevada DECA members together through exciting opportunities and collective engagement. As a fourth-year member, she hopes to use her experiences and her initiative to support her peers on their own DECA journeys.
At her first SCDC in 2019, she was awestruck by the number of like-minded students that had been brought together to expand their knowledge of business and leadership and develop themselves professionally. After networking with her peers, connecting with members of the Nevada business community, and winning first place in Principles of Hospitality, she felt that she had found her place within the organization. Returning to SCDC in 2020, this time as her chapter’s historian, she continued with her DECA success by winning third place in the Community Awareness Project.
Alongside her love of DECA, Arianna is a devoted student who enjoys her involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities, including HOSA, Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad, and Yoga Club. She is also the hardworking chapter president of United Synagogue Youth and serves on two advisory committees for the Clark County School District. In her free time, she loves to sing, write, play the piano, and paint– her favorite projects are creating murals!
To Arianna, being a DECA member not only represents dedication to growth, leadership, and the surrounding community, but it means being a part of something that is bigger than oneself. That being said, Arianna will work hard to make sure that she puts her best effort forward in order to ensure that current and future members will have access to the same powerful experiences that have resonated with her through the years.
Ready to equip and empower the leaders of Nevada DECA, Leyla Lopez, a senior in the marketing and hospitality program at East Career and Technical Academy, is excited to serve as your Nevada DECA Vice President of Leadership.
Leyla is a four-year DECA member who previously served as the Executive Vice President for East CTA DECA where she worked with her executive officer team to plan, coordinate, and execute all events and activities for her chapter. From competing in competition to building lifelong friendships with millions of memories, she is energized by the amount of ambition and drive that encompasses DECA. Her years in DECA have taught her that leaders are those who have an impact on peoples’ lives, and she hopes to continue that sentiment by helping members find the leaders in themselves.
Outside of DECA, Leyla is a passionate leader who actively encourages the power of the youth as a member of the Anytown Youth Council, National Honor Society, and Key Club. She also serves as the Vice President of Spirit for East CTA’s Student Council. A fierce advocate for social justice, she frequently spends time organizing and volunteering within her community to encourage other youth to use their voices to fight for change. Leyla plans to major in political science and later go on to become a lawyer and politician.
Always open to conversation, feel free to contact Leyla for any questions or advice!