Zetella Walker Gooch began her DECA journey as a graduate student while earning her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Mississippi State University-Meridian. She knew the time to join DECA was right for her after missing the opportunity in high school and undergraduate studies. Taking advantage of everything DECA has to offer, she has traveled to educational conferences, enhanced her personal growth and repeatedly won top honors competing at the regional, state and international levels. Zetella has served as Treasurer for MSU-Meridian and as President and Co-chairman of the Board for Mississippi Collegiate DECA State Association. A lifelong learner, Zetella is currently pursuing a Doctor of Strategic Leadership degree. She operates a successful business as a strategic event planner and designer. She has three beautiful daughters, two of whom are DECA members. Zetella is devoted to inspiring, developing, and mentoring all members to make an impact on their community.