Meet Zetella

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.

Associations Represented

  • Colorado
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Puerto Rico

Signature Workshop

A SMART Way to Fundraise and Reach Your Chapter Goals
Establish S.M.A.R.T. fundraising goals to achieve the chapters’ mission. Utilize fundraising activities to create more opportunities for expansion, member involvement and member retention that align with the organization’s mission. Reach your fundraising goal for this year and establish a model for future members to follow.


Invite an executive officer to your DECA conference or event.