Meet State Officers



ALFONSO GODINEZ | State President

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Alfonso Godinez is currently a senior at Lakes High School and is excited to serve as your State President. Officially, he has been a DECA member for three years, but his passion for entrepreneurship and marketing has been there since the beginning. In his first year, he placed first in both Apparel and Accessories Marketing and Start-up Business Plan at Area and he competed in Integrated Marketing Campaign - Product at ICDC this past year.  

With a passion for leadership, Alfonso was a student mentor for incoming freshmen his sophomore year of high school and served as his Junior Class A.S.B. Representative. Outside of school, you can find Alfonso making a splash in the pool with Lakes High School’s water polo and swim team. 

Alfonso plans to attend Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania or Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and study marketing. He plans to one day open his own marketing firm.  

Alfonso credits DECA for strengthening his public speaking and time management skills and for providing him the knowledge necessary to succeed for a future in entrepreneurship. He encourages all potential members to join as he believes it will create a world of opportunity for them. To him, DECA is more than just a club, but also a family.  


ASHTON BLACKWELL | Area 1 President & Vice President of Leadership

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Ashton Blackwell is a senior at Snohomish High School and your new Area 1 President. He has done DECA for four years, where he has accomplished some amazing things. His freshman year, he managed to make it to the state DECA competition in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing category. His sophomore year, he was unable to compete, however he helped lead his chapter in a fundraiser event called SHS Fights Hunger, which packed 150,000 meals to be distributed locally and to those in need in Haiti. His junior year, he travelled to Bellevue for the Fall Leadership Conference. There he met the Western Region Vice President, Jonathan Wilson, who inspired him to look towards a leadership position at the state level. Later that year he was elected for the Area 1 Presidential position, while also taking second in the Sports and Entertainment category. 

After high school, Ashton hopes to attend the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He hopes to get a bachelor’s degree in business then attend a law school to go into the field of business law. He hopes to move into contract law and one day own his own law firm. 

He attributes much of his high school experience to his advisor who offer an eighth grader a bag of cookies while touring the school. He says that the communication skills and critical thinking in short periods have benefited his life greatly. 

Outside of DECA you can find Ashton at his school sports games. Wearing the colors of red, white and black, he loves to represent his school the best he can. 


SAI RAKSHA | Area 2 President & Vice President of Finance

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Sai Raksha Rayala is a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School and is excited to serve as the Area 2 President. She has been involved in DECA for four years and served as co-president her sophomore and junior year, certifying her chapter in THRIVE both years. She competed at the 2018 and 2019 International Career Development Conference, placing top ten both years.

Outside of DECA, she works towards building career technical programs at her school as she’s involved and holds leadership positions in FBLA and FCCLA. Sai is also dedicated to her community as an active member of the National Honors Society and is involved in several service projects including food drives and large-scale community events. In her spare time, she tutors elementary school students. 

DECA led to her developing clear career aspirations. Sai hopes to pursue a degree in finance or economics in a business school such as the Foster’s School of Business at the University of Washington. She plans to use the leadership skills DECA taught her to strengthen and provide opportunities for all Washington DECA members to find their passions and dreams!



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Grace Brigham is a senior at Redmond High School and serves as the Area 3 President & Vice President of Career Development. She joined Redmond’s DECA program as a freshman and has since competed at all levels, winning her event at SCDC three times and finishing top ten at ICDC in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, she won the Social Enterprise Business Pitch competition and scholarship at FLC as a junior. With a passion for leadership, Grace has served as a chapter president since sophomore year. 

Outside of DECA, Grace is an involved student at her dance studio where she works as a receptionist on her days off. She also interns at a local marketing firm. In her community, she started a women’s equality nonprofit named Dignify. The idea for this organization originated from her business pitch at the FLC competition.

Grace plans to study applied mathematics and computer science in college. She credits DECA for teaching her the professional skills and work ethic, which will help her far into the future in any career path she may follow.



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Josh Wolters will be a senior at Skyline High School in the Fall of 2020 and currently serves as the Area 4 DECA President. He began competing in DECA as a sophomore, at first viewing DECA as an opportunity to dress up in a suit and look dapper. But when he walked through the doors at Area, he quickly realized that DECA is much more than just a chance to look snazzy. His partner, Omid, and him spent the next four months working harder than they thought they ever could to perfect their Buying and Merchandising Operations Research paper and presentation. Together they constructed a project that they were most proud of, competed at ICDC, and built a friendship that would last forever.

Apart from striving to share the enlightening DECA experience, Josh serves as his class Treasurer and as an Athletes for Kids Mentor. Josh is not sure what college he wants to go to but he is sure that he will use whatever skills he develops to help other people in his community and in his country.

Josh can often be found freestyle rapping with his friends. In fact, for over a year he was involved in an intense, ongoing rap battle with his good friend, who goes by the name of SwishyVish. But, one day the two decided to reconcile and begin creating music together. They hope to one day produce some songs for their currently non-existent fanbase.



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Monica Yu is an incoming junior at Hazen High School, serving as the 2019-2020 Area 5 President. As a second year member, she hopes to expand her horizons and build upon her ever-growing passion for business throughout this organization.  

As her current chapter President, she has had the opportunity to connect with countless community leaders world-wide, developing strong business leadership early on. She wants to pursue a career within business consulting and hopes to enroll in Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley or Marshall School of Business at University of California. 

Outside of academics, she has spent the past six years playing acoustic guitar and viola in her Honors Philharmonic. You can often see her swinging a tennis racket or baking some sweet treats for her friends on the weekend. Monica believes, “No matter your level of experience or lack-of, your determination and grit will take you unimaginable heights - that is the attitude that DECA encompasses.”  



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Lizbeth Flores is a Junior at Chiawana High School and the Area 6 President for the 2019-2020 school year. Liz has been a member of DECA for three years and is a member of her school’s Finance and School Based Enterprise Team. She’s currently serving as Chiawana’s DECA chapter President and Director of Finance. 

Outside of DECA, you can find Liz working with other organizations such as FCCLA, Natural Helpers, and Buddy Club. Liz will be doing Running Start and will attend Columbia Basin College. She hopes to attend the University of Washington after high school and obtain a degree in Public Health. 

Liz believes that DECA has opened many doors for great opportunities and experiences. DECA has helped Liz obtain many new skills and goals that will help her term as Washington DECA’s Area 6 President. Liz is excited to serve as your Area 6 President and to share her passion for the organization. 



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Skyler Cobb, a senior at Port Angeles High School, will be serving as your Area 7 President for the 2019-2020 school year. He began his DECA journey as a freshman competing in Hospitality and qualifying for SCDC. Since then, he has competed in Business Law qualifying for SCDC twice and ICDC once. Skyler has also served as Vice President of his chapter since sophomore year. 

Outside of DECA, Skyler volunteers his time at a local elementary school by tutoring students. He is also a varsity football, basketball, and golf player for his high school.  Skyler wants to pursue a career in the medical field and hopes to attend either the University of Washington or the University of Michigan for his first four years then, hopefully either of these two schools for medical school after. 

Through Skyler’s four years of DECA, he has been able to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities for growth that DECA provides and wants to see that spread throughout  Washington DECA. He wants to give back to all of Washington DECA’s members and is very excited to be working with the officer team. 



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Zac Sherrer will be a sophomore at North Thurston High School, in the fall of 2019, and will be serving as your 2019-2020 Area 8 President. As a 2nd year DECA member,  he has competed in Accounting Applications and several online competitions. 

Along with DECA responsibilities, he is the vice president of his FBLA chapter. Aside from business activities, Zac is a youth soccer coach and a soccer player. He aspires to attend New York University School of Law where he will study Criminal Law and Justice. He hopes to then move on to be a criminal defense attorney. In Zac’s spare time, while balancing activities and school he enjoys watching movies and playing card games with his family.   

Zac has learned many lessons in life. The most important one being “play hard, work harder,” but he always keeps in mind, we can have fun while working. So far, DECA has completely changed his life. If asked, Zac would say DECA has made him more confident in himself and his abilities, helped him with his public speaking, and given him the resources to succeed. 



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Cayla Gutenberger is a senior at Kelso High School and is serving as your Area 9 President. Cayla has been a member of Washington DECA for four years. She served as chapter president and has competed in Sports and Entertainment Marketing,Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making, and Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making. She qualified for state in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. 

Cayla hopes to attend the Air Force Academy where she will earn a degree in business management and science of aviation. After college Cayla would like to become a commercial pilot.

Cayla has learned many important skills during her years in DECA such as public speaking, networking, and thinking outside the box! She is very excited to work with the state officer team and improve her skills. 



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Area 10 President, Isabel Hyde, is currently a senior at Wenatchee High School. Throughout her four years as a DECA member, Isabel has competed in an array of events. Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series, Sports and Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making, Innovation Plan, and Marketing Communications Series have all taken her to SCDC.

In addition to being a state officer, Isabel is involved in multiple other clubs such as FCCLA, FBLA, National Honor Society, and she holds an officer position in the Wenatchee DECA chapter. Isabel also holds the highest rank in Girl Scouts, and she competes in Cross Country and Track & Field. In her little freetime Isabel enjoys photography, videography, and making too many bad puns.

Isabel hopes to attend the University of Washington Foster School of Business or Pacific Lutheran University where she will major in marketing management and communications. She plans to take this education and travel the world as a Public Relations Specialist.

Isabel believes that DECA has given her a multitude of professional and leadership skills that are beneficial in her everyday life. The opportunities DECA provides and the achievements members can attain are sure to leave a legacy.



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Andre Ramsey is a Junior at John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. Andre will be serving as the Area 11 President for the 2019-2020 school year. He is a 3 year DECA member that has taken advantage of all that DECA has to offer. Entering high school he was a shy freshman with no knowledge of business, then advanced to ICDC and became his chapter president the following year. In addition to DECA, Andre is an active member of FCCLA, Key Club, Interact Clubs and ASB.  He is also a starting player on his varsity soccer team and one of 500 students in the nation to be named a 2019 Carson Scholar.

Andre hopes to attend Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts after graduating as valedictorian. He hopes to Major in Business Administration and pursue a career as an entrepreneur and CEO. 

Throughout his term, Andre hopes to use his position to help his community and represent all of Washington DECA. Andre can’t wait to serve Washington DECA and is excited and energized for the year ahead!

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