Oklahoma DECA is blessed with many amazing people who make this organization great! These groups include the High School State Executive Council, the Collegiate State Executive Council, the Oklahoma DECA Advisory Board, the BMITE Staff at Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and more!


High School State Council 79

Grace Qi

Grace Qi

President

Norman North High School

Local Advisor: Jamie Wilson


Leadership Voice: Creative/Pioneer 


Bio: With a goal to help improve Oklahoma DECA and bring us to a higher international presence through increased membership and competition, this high school senior ran for state president. Grace says her favorite thing about DECA is meeting people from all over the world. Grace’s ambition and ability to plan are what make her a DECA-mazing leader.

What is unique about Grace? She loves to collect pins (not just DECA ones) and stickers!

 


Duties: It shall be the duty of the President to preside over all Executive Council meetings; to make all necessary committee appointments, including the designation of each committee chairperson; develop a program of work for the term in office; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  grace.qi@live.com

Aarav Jilka

Aarav Jilka

VP of Leadership

Edmond Santa Fe High School
Local Advisor: Christy Flanigan


Leadership Voice:  Connector


Bio:  This leader from Edmond Santa Fe High School says that his best qualities are being interested and interesting. Aarav’s favorite part about DECA is that one has the opportunity to connect with leaders from all sorts of backgrounds through competition, community service, and other events. Whether one has the opportunity to connect with another CTSO or students from their community it is always worthwhile.

What is unique about Aarav? He is on a boy band dance team made up of 5 guys who compete annually during Edmond’s philanthropy week.


Duties: It shall be the duty of the elected Vice President of Leadership to practice the “Emerging Leaders” element of the DECA Mission, including all non-competitive event career and leadership activities; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  aarav.jilka@gmail.com

Mackenzie Bolino

Mackenzie Bolino

VP of Career Development

Norman North High School
Local Advisor: Jamie Wilson


Leadership Voice:  Pioneer/Guardian


Bio:  With a goal to connect with OK DECA members and implement more community service projects, this DECA leader is active in her local DECA chapter in Norman.  Mackenzie recalls her favorite thing about DECA as meeting new people and getting to compete. She descries her two best qualities as being hardworking and someone who is kind to others.

What is unique about Mackenzie? She has traveled to 18 different countries.


Duties: It shall be the duty of the elected Vice President of Career Development to practice the “Careers” element of the DECA Mission, including chapter participation preparation and performance in Competitive Events; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  mackbolino@gmail.com

Abby Grand

Abby Grand

VP of Marketing

Latta High School
Local Advisor: Stacy Oakley


Leadership Voice:  Connector 


Bio:  Coming from Latta High school this loyal and fearless leader is ready to serve! Abby describes her favorite part of DECA being the experiences she gets to have with her local chapter and others in the state.

What is unique about Abby?  She has her own way of thinking and believing. Abby lives by the quote:  “Actions speak louder than words” and she holds herself and others to that quote.


Duties: It shall be the duty of the elected Vice President of Marketing to practice the “Marketing” element of the DECA Mission, including initial member recruitment, branding and promotions; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  abbygrand123@icloud.com


Collegiate State Council 1

Kyla Ellis

Kyla Ellis

Collegiate President

Oklahoma State University

Local Advisor: Conner Terry


Leadership Voice:  Pioneer/Guardian


Bio: With a goal to build the Oklahoma Collegiate DECA membership, this leader attending Oklahoma State University is going places. Kyla states that her favorite thing about DECA is the endless number of doors it has opened for her. Not only has DECA given Kyla the key to succeed, but it has also allowed her to use her talents in big ways. Kyla believes that her two best qualities are her grit and her ability to dream big and hopes to use them to accomplish many goals this year.

What is unique about Kyla? She loves Jeeps and hopes to one day drive a bright purple Jeep Wrangler.

 


Duties: It shall be the duty of the President to preside over all Executive Council meetings; to make all necessary committee appointments, including the designation of each committee chairperson; develop a program of work for the term in office; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  kyla.ellis@okstate.edu

Kyrstan Cook

Kyrstan Cook

Collegiate Vice President

High Plains Technology Center
Local Advisor: Katrina McDowell


Leadership Voice:  Creative/Nurturer


Bio:  This leader from Woodward believes that sharing ideas and working with other people’s imaginations to build your dreams is the key to success. Kyrstan’s favorite part of DECA is getting to meet people with similar interests. She describes her two best qualities as being very creative and overly passionate about everything she does.

What is unique about Kyrstan? When she turned 16 years old she got to drive her Poppy’s car – a red and white, 1975 GMC Sprint.


Duties: It shall be the duty of the elected Vice President to practice the DECA Mission, including all non-competitive event career and leadership activities; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  kyrstan03@gmail.com

Hailey Brunner

Hailey Brunner

Collegiate Vice President

Oklahoma State University
Local Advisor: Conner Terry


Leadership Voice:  Pioneer/Connector


Bio:  This leader from Edmond, attending Oklahoma State University as a 2021 freshman, says her favorite thing about DECA is meeting people from all over the world and getting to have conversations with them. She is a hard work worker and describes herself as compassionate towards others.

What is unique about Hailey? She loves to bake and is lucky to get to work in a pie shop where she can bake all day long!


Duties: It shall be the duty of the elected Vice President to practice the DECA Mission, including all non-competitive event career and leadership activities; and to be available, as necessary, in promoting the general welfare of DECA.


Contact:  hnbrunner12@gmail.com


DECA-mazing Oklahomans

Kim Walters

Kim Walters

2021 OK DECA Advisor of the Year

DECA Chapter:  Edmond Memorial High School (retired 2021)


Over 30 years of service to Oklahoma DECA. Kim has been instrumental in helping the organization continue to be successful by providing advice and her time to help in any way needed. She has always had large DECA chapters at Edmond Memorial and they have always been very involved and successful at State CDC. She has focused on community service with her chapter every year. 


From Kim’s Nominators:

 

It is a great pleasure to write this letter of support for Kim Walters. There is no doubt that she is most deserving of this award. Kim has given so many years to DECA and has been a strong leader in the organization. She has always been one that other advisors turn to for help and advice. The dedication she has shown to her students is second to none and so many of them have many amazing stories to share about all that they have learned from her. Kim has spent countless hours preparing in order to provide the best for her students. All of her students would say that not only does she help them learn marketing and management concepts, but she helps prepare them for life. They have lovingly called her “Walt” for years, and this just goes to show the relationship she has developed with her students over the years. In the classroom and through DECA, Kim provides many opportunities for her students to be successful and to learn how to take what they have learned into the real world. The Edmond Memorial DECA chapter is always very successful at Oklahoma State CDC every year. This is not solely because her students work to do their best in competition – it is also because of how she encourages and pushes them to be their best. It truly is a bit difficult to summarize all she has done to make an impact on all of those around her. Her impact is hard to quantify and the successes that have come from her efforts are immeasurable.

Through DECA, she has not only made an impact on her students but also their parents. Many of them have traveled alongside her to the Annual Edmond Memorial DECA New York Trip. She has been known to take around 80 students and parents at a time! She has even become a resource for National DECA when they plan their trips. She has mentored many other advisors that have desired to travel with students and has given so many helpful tips.

Kim and her DECA Chapters have always put their community first. Each year they also reach out to another community to spread joy through their Halloween Carnival. It is a free event for students in a lower socioeconomic area. She is not only helping those in need but she is teaching her students to do so as well.

As her fellow colleagues, we would like to nominate Kim Walters of Edmond Memorial High School, for the IMPACT Award. Oklahoma DECA will truly miss her as she retires this year and we feel this is a great opportunity for us all to recognize her achievements.


Oklahoma DECA Partners and Sponsors

Jay P. Jirous

Jay P. Jirous

Director of the MD and Barbara Jirous Foundation

Jay P. Jirous is a 1979 graduate of John Marshall High School.  While in High School Jay was very involved with DECA as President his Senior year which ultimately led him to his lifelong career of owning, operating and working with Sonic Drive-In in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.  Currently, Jay is a Director and/or corporate officer for over a dozen companies in Oklahoma and Texas, including his role as a Director of the MD and Barbara Jirous Foundation.  The MD and Barbara Jirous Foundation has been active in philanthropy across Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico for decades and has provided countless scholarship opportunities for students across those states.


Website: https://www.sonicdrivein.com/


Oklahoma DECA would like to thank Mr. Jirous and the MD and Barbara Jirous Foundation for being a SILVER Sponsor of Oklahoma DECA.

To learn more about sponsorship and partner opportunities with Oklahoma DECA please visit our sponsor page. 


Oklahoma DECA State Staff

Paxton Cavin

Paxton Cavin

Chartered Association Advisor

Paxton Cavin serves as the Oklahoma DECA Chartered Association Advisor. Since beginning this position in May 2019, Paxton has made it her mission to serve the members, advisors, volunteers, and partners of Oklahoma DECA with purpose and intention.

For questions or more information regarding Oklahoma DECA please contact Paxton Cavin at paxton.cavin@careertech.ok.gov or by phone at (405) 743-5473.