Meet State Officers


To learn more about the success and accomplishments of Team Unite, review their Annual Report for the 2017-18 DECA year. 


Jonathan Wilson | State President

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Jonathan Wilson is a senior at Lakes High School and Pierce Community College, set to graduate in 2018 with his high school diploma and his Associate of Arts in Business degree. Serving as the State President, many of his accomplishments have come through DECA. He has been a DECA member for three years, and has gone on to compete at ICDC in his first two years.

Outside of DECA, Jonathan has served in many different leadership roles. He has served on the leadership council for the varsity choir at his high school for four years, and embraces his job as a role model for his sibling and younger cousins. He plays varsity football, and enjoys watching sports and coaching sporting teams in general. Jonathan plans to attend the University of Washington or UCLA, and wants to major in Business Administration and minor in Music Education. He dreams of becoming a human resources manager and a choir director. He believes that DECA allows students to express their creativity and competitiveness, and looks forward to increasing these opportunities across Washington.

Cole Hoglund | Area 1 President & Vice President of Marketing

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Cole Hoglund is the current Area 1 president and a junior at Lake Stevens High School. He’s been a member of DECA for three years and was introduced to DECA in his business and marketing class by the wonderful Karen Morton. In his first year of competition, he got the highest test score at Area and made it to SCDC. There, he met the Lake Stevens DECA family and began his journey of being a young entrepreneur. Last year he made it to SCDC in the business finance series, a challenging event that was also very practical to running a business.

Before he completely engulfs his life into entrepreneurship, he wants to go to college at Western Washington for their premier business school and great lacrosse team. At Western, he hopes to major in financial services or entrepreneurship. After college, he wants to work for a top-tier company like Nike as a financial manager or become a high school educator and the Area Leader for Area 1 DECA.

Evan Wold | Area 2 President & Vice President of Finance

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Evan Wold is a senior at Everett High School and serves as the Area 2 President. His ambition is to get his Masters in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Evan has competed at the State Career Development Conference in QSRM and RMS, and has attended the International Career Development Conference twice. Evan does the Decathlon in Track, and runs Cross-country in the fall. His true passion is Ultimate Frisbee where he and his teammates work and train hard to compete in Disc NorthWest's winter and spring leagues. He takes classes at Everett Community College and will be graduating high school with his Business Transfer AA.

In his free time, Evan often spends it at trampoline parks or his local hobby center. Evan served as Washington State's 38th Legislative District Captain for Convention of States. Being a pursuant of knowledge, he can be found watching several documentaries in one sitting. DECA has been a necessary foundation for Evan to pursue his career and he credits much of his current accomplishments to his DECA experience. Evan is excited to serve and lead Area 2 with the Unite team this year!

Kaitlin Dierks | Area 3 President & Vice President of Hospitality

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Kaitlin Dierks is a senior at Bothell High School in Bothell. She joined her chapter’s DECA chapter as a junior and competed in the Marketing Management Team Decision Making event in her first year, in addition to serving on Bothell’s DECA board. While building her DECA resume, Kaitlin prepares for the future by excelling in her AP and business-prep courses.

Outside of school and DECA competition, Kaitlin is a competitive equestrian. She has been a 4-H officer for 5 years, and volunteered in the youth development programs during her high school years. Earning a state championship title at last year’s state 4H show and being named the American Quarter Horse Association Rookie of the Year, she is competing all over thenation with her horse, Luke. As of recently, she has been offered a scholarship and spot on the University of Georgia’s Division 1 Equestrian Team and will sign with the program this fall to ride with them starting in 2018. She is excited to attend the university and hopes to be accepted into the Terry School of Business to study statistics and finance to develop a career as a Financial Manager after college. She looks forward to serving as the Area 3 President, and building relations with all the chapters represented in Area 3!

Elinor Doran | Area 4 President & Vice President of Finance

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Elinor Doran is a senior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA, and is the current Area 4 President. She earned her I.B. diploma at the end of her junior year. Elinor joined DECA her freshman year and qualified for ICDC in both a written and roleplay event as a first-year member. Most recently, Elinor placed 5th at ICDC in her team roleplay event.

Besides her love of DECA, Elinor is also involved in student government, having served as both a Class Officer and an ASB Officer. She was recently elected as the 2017-2018 Vice President of the NW District Young Buddhist League (YBL). She credits DECA for giving her the skills and confidence to pursue her many aspirations. During her term, Elinor hopes to create lasting impacts, memories, and friendships as a part of Team Unite!

Madison Truscan | Area 5 President & Vice President of Marketing

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Madison Truscan is the President of Area 5 DECA, a senior at Auburn Mountainview High School in Auburn, WA, and a full-time Running Start student at Green River College. She is a 4-year DECA member who has served on the AMHS DECA officer board for four years. Her favorite DECA memories include placing first at Area, second at SCDC for her Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling project, and being able to visit Nashville and Anaheim for ICDC. After graduating with her associate degree from Running Start, Madison plans to attend University of Washington to obtain a bachelor’s degree, majoring in business and minoring in dance. Then, she will transfer to Biola University in California, furthering her business education to obtain her Master’s in Business Administration while working at Disneyland as a Disney Princess, fulfilling her lifelong dream. She would then like to open her own marketing firm while residing in Orange County, California. Madison has also been a dancer for 14 years, and works as a dance teacher for young kids at a studio in Kent.

In her free time she loves to go to church, drink coffee, travel and read.

Kennedy Smith | Area 6 President & Vice President of Marketing

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Kennedy Smith is the 2017-2018 Area 6 President. She is a senior at Pasco High school and a 3 year DECA member, serving as Vice President of her local chapter her junior year and is taking on the role of President during her senior year.

Outside of school and DECA, Kennedy is very involved in her school and in her church. Kennedy is a member of National Honor Society, African American Student Union, and a theatre member. She’s been in three theatrical pieces so far, including a self-written monologue. In her church, Kennedy is a member of the worship team and a mentor for middle school girls, which has taught her a lot about leading with a purpose.

After high school, Kennedy hopes to attend Howard University to major in psychology. She then plans to transfer to obtain her degree in forensic psychology, putting her love of unsolved mysteries to use!

Kennedy believes that DECA is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and can’t wait to see what she can accomplish with Team Unite in her corner!

Emma Tarsi | Area 7 President & Vice President of Hospitality

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Emma Tarsi is a senior at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Washington. As a three-year DECA member, Emma has shown her love for the organization by serving on her chapter’s officer team, managing her school’s student store, and now serving as a the Area 7 President. Emma found her passion for DECA the first day she stepped foot into the classroom. As a sophomore, she was awarded her chapter’s "DECA member of the year" award and, as a junior, she qualified for ICDC. When Emma isn't talking about DECA, she enjoys serving as the Vice President of her high school’s Key and Interact Club, connecting with her family, or obsessing over everything Disney. After graduating from high school, she hopes to attend the University of Central Florida to major in the Hospitality of Hotel and Management. She dreams of becoming a part of the Disney magic and working for Walt Disney World as a travel agent or destination event planner to combine her love for business and service to others. Emma strongly agrees that the benefits of DECA are extraordinary and will prepare her for the rest of her life. During her term, she plans to make it the best year yet and can't wait to create a remarkable year with Team Unite!

Linh Le | Area 8 President & Vice President of Leadership

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Linh Le is the 2017-2018 Area 8 President and is currently a senior at Olympia High School. As a 4-year DECA member, she has competed in Business Law & Ethics, Entrepreneurship Innovation, Community Service Project, and School-Based Enterprise. In addition to being a state officer, she is also serving as her Chapter President and was previously the VP of Communications. Using the skills she gained from being in DECA, she is the manager of her school’s Student Store. Linh also invests her time in other clubs including National Honor Society and Link Crew. With a love for giving back to the community, she spends a portion of her time volunteering at local organizations like the Thurston County Food Bank or STEP with Elders. More recently, she had a five-month Pink for the Cure campaign, focusing on a city-wide 5K to raise awareness of breast cancer. With a passion for design, she is also a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador, combining her design and business interests together.

During her downtime, she loves exploring and traveling with friends and family. Linh aspires to attend the University of North Carolina or George Washington University to pursue her dreams of obtaining a Master's Degree in Business Administration. She is overly ecstatic to be a part of this team and is excited to see what the next year holds!

Riley Rawson | Area 9 President & Vice President of Career Development

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Riley Rawson is a senior at Mark Morris High School and the 2017-2018 Area 9 President. She has been a member of DECA for 4 years and has consistently shown a strong aptitude for marketing, hospitality, and finance. She is the youngest child of Dr. Mark and Avey Rawson. Her older sister Jessica was a DECA member at Mark Morris and her uncle is a former Oregon State DECA president. Riley has a 4.0 cumulative GPA, and is ranked first in her class at Mark Morris High School in a class of 221. She is taking Honors and AP classes, and has been recognized for her proficiency in the fields of Science and English by her current and past teachers. For the past three years, Riley has placed first at the Area 9 DECA conference in a variety of events including Accounting Applications and Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling. In 2017, after placing third at SCDC, Riley competed in the Public Relations Project at ICDC. Her Public Relations Projects focused on a local mentoring program that brings positive role models to local at-risk youth. After graduation, Riley plans on attending Brigham Young University and earning a joint JD/MBA degree with an emphasis in International Law. Riley wants to use this degree to work for the State Department as a legal advisor. Being involved in DECA has given Riley invaluable business insight and lifelong friendships that she will utilize and cherish forever.

Maleah Meinhold | Area 10 President & Vice President of Career Development

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Maleah Meinhold is a senior at West Valley High School, where she is a 4-year DECA member and the Area 10 President. In her chapter, she has held multiple officer positions, ranging from social chair to club chapter president. She has been selected as the Member of the Year, two consecutive times. Maleah is involved in Honor Society and enjoys working with elementary school students in her free time. She has attended every leadership conference her school participates in, in order to learn the most she can when while leading her club. After completing high school, Maleah hopes to attend the University of Idaho where she has plans to acquire a bachelor's degree in Law Enforcement Administration and, to become an Emergency Management director. Ultimately, she hopes to become a crisis negotiator. She strongly believes the communication skills she learns through DECA and Team Unite will play a crucial role for success in her career.

Ethan Starosta | Area 11 President & Vice President of Hospitality

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Ethan Starosta is a Senior and 4-year DECA member at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane. He takes his academics very seriously and has prepared for college by taking Advanced Placement and business related courses. He has shown his passion for DECA by being involved in his chapter officer team for the past two years. He has also attended SCDC twice and ICDC once. Ethan organized a community service event with his local DECA chapter and raised over $1,200 for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. In addition to DECA, he has a love and passion for his school. You can find him at every Friday night football game, every basketball game, helping freshmen, and always walking the halls with a smile on his face.

Ethan is a 4-year Varsity Baseball player and enjoys running in his free time. In the summer, he spends most of his time at the lake camping, swimming, hiking, and being with family and friends. Ethan hopes to attend the University of Washington and study business. Ethan truly believes that every high school student should be involved in DECA because it provides experiences that simply cannot be taught in the classroom.

To learn more about Team Unite, we encourage you to review their
Program of Leadership