DECA Inc. is governed by DECA Inc. Representatives, appointed by charterholders from each chartered association to revise governance documents and elect members of the DECA Inc. Board of Directors. The DECA Inc. Board of Directors employs the Executive Director to implement the board’s policies, serve as the fiscal agent and primary spokesperson of the organization and employ such staff as necessary to plan and execute the board policies.

DECA Inc. has issued charters to state departments of education and other not-for-profit corporations for the purpose of operating chartered associations within certain geographic areas. Charters are issued separately for the high school and college divisions to a charterholder who then administers the chartered association.

Each chartered association is comprised of local chapters, which are unincorporated student organizations operating under the authority of the local school district and the chartered association. Chapters shall comply with all policies set forth by the local school district and their chartered association. When policies of the local school district differ from those of the chartered association, the chapter shall comply with the most restrictive policies.

The relationship between DECA Inc. and the chartered associations is set forth in the DECA Inc. bylaws.

DECA is recognized and endorsed by all 50 state departments of education and the U.S. Department of Education.

DECA Inc. Board of Directors

A twelve member board of directors establishes policies relative to the interpretation and implementation of the constitution and bylaws.

  • Eight directors are members elected, two from each region from the DECA Inc. representatives appointed by the chartered associations.
  • One director is the chair of DECA’s National Advisory Board.
  • Three directors are ex-officio (non-voting) and include the Executive Director of the DECA Inc., the Vice-President of the Marketing Education Division of the Association of Career and Technical Education and a representative from the State Directors of Career and Technical Education.

JACKLYN SCHILLER

President

CURTIS HALEY

President-Elect

DAVE WAIT

Secretary

OLGA PLAGIANAKOS

Treasurer

SHANNON AARON

Board Member

GINGER HILL

Board Member

MARY PERES

Board Member

JOHN STILES

Board Member

M. ANDY CHAVES

National Advisory Board Chair

RICHARD FAULKNER

Ex-Officio Member

LOU DIGIOIA, CAE

Executive Director