2016-2017 State Officer Action Team
Each year voting delegates from each chapter elect officers into different positions. These officers meet once a month to talk about ways to improve DECA. They devote their time and energy to ensure that DECA will continue to run smoothly and enhance the DECA experience every year. If you are interested in running for office please visit the officer candidate page here.
New Jersey DECA currently has 7 members of the State Officer Action Team. They are:
President: Nicholas Gentile
Northern Region Vice President: Julia Tze
Central Region Vice President: Christopher Tejada
Southern Region Vice President: Margaret McCurdy
Vice President of Media: Lindsey Bertone
Vice President of Public Relations: Rebecca Bright
Recording Secretary: William Roberts
Lenape Valley Regional High School
28 Stanhope-Sparta Road
Stanhope, NJ 07084
Nicholas Gentile is honored to serve New Jersey DECA as your 2016-2017 State President. Nick is currently a senior at Lenape Valley Regional High School and will be entering his fourth year of DECA. During his junior year he served as a state officer and is looking forward to serving the members of New Jersey again. As a freshman Nick competed in the category of Principles of Business Management and as a sophomore he competed in the Human Resources category. After finding his passion for business Nick enrolled in the following classes; Financial Literacy, Intro to Business, Marketing 1 and Marketing 2.
Outside of DECA, Nick keeps very active in his high school and community. Nick is involved in Interact, Go Green, and FBLA. In addition, Nick is a two season athlete, competing in swim and track. He is excited for another successful year in sports. Outside of school, Nick is very active in his community. He has participated in the boy scouts since he was 7 years old and is working on completing his Eagle Scout. Through Scouts he has completed many community service projects and learned what it takes to be a leader. When Nick is not busy with his other activities, he likes to sit back and relax. In the summer, Nick spends his days lounging on the beaches of his lake. In the winter, you will find Nick shredding the slopes of New Jersey as his favorite winter activity is to snowboard. After a long day of working, to Nick, nothing’s better than going out for ice cream. Although Nick loves having alone time just to relax, he always says he loves spending time with his friends and family.
Nick is very excited to serve New Jersey DECA along with the other members of the State Action Team. He hopes that through this experience he will be able to meet many new people and make DECA as enjoyable to its members as it is to him. Nick is very friendly so feel free to socialize with him at the next DECA conference. He looks forward to hearing from you and listening to ideas you may have. Nick is very excited for what is to come this DECA year.
NORTHERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Personal Program of Work
Julia Tze is extremely honored to serve as your 2016-2017 New Jersey DECA Northern Region Vice President! Now a senior at Ridgewood High School, Julia has been an active member of her school’s DECA chapter since freshman year. She has received numerous awards and mini awards for her competitive events, including 2nd place in the Learn and Earn Project her sophomore year and 1st place her junior year. She has attended ICDC in Atlanta, Orlando, and Nashville and cannot wait for Anaheim this year!
At her high school, Julia participates in multiple clubs. These include the National Honors Society, Chinese National Honors Society, Chinese Club, Sharing the Arts, RHS Ambassadors, and Principal’s Advisory. In addition, she works as a babysitter year round and as a lifeguard at her lakehouse over the summer.
Julia is a very vivacious dancer. She takes 11 dance classes a week and has participated in multiple summer intensive programs, including Manhattan Youth Ballet, Joffrey, and the Rock School. Her favorite ways to spend her limited free time are to go to the beach or out to dinner with her friends. She also enjoys traveling with her family.
Julia is ecstatic to begin this DECA year! She loves talking to new people, and cannot wait to meet members at the next DECA conference. She hopes to make everyone’s DECA experience as amazing as hers have been in the past. Always feel free to shoot her an email with any questions or ideas you may have!
CENTRAL REGION VICE-PRESIDENT
Union City High School
2500 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Union City, NJ 07087
Christopher Tejada is extremely honored to be serving as your 2016-2017 Central Region Vice President. Christopher is a senior at Union City High School and has been an active DECA member since his freshman year. Ever since he joined DECA his freshman year, he knew he wanted to be a leader. He quickly took on a role as a chapter officer his freshman year. He then served as the Director of Communications his sophomore and junior year. He was also ecstatic to serve as your 2015-2016 State Treasurer and is more than thrilled that you chose him to serve you this year. While he served as a chapter officer he contributed to the completion of all five chapter campaigns two years in a row and his chapter was the only one that accomplished all five chapter campaigns in the 2014-2015 year and one of two chapters that completed it in the 2015- 2016 year in the state of New Jersey. He has earned three leadership awards and he will use his leadership knowledge to serve you successfully. Christopher’s experience in DECA has impacted his life and he wishes to share his passion and love for DECA with his fellow members.
Christopher has attended three regional conferences, three state conferences and has attended three consecutive ICDC’s in Atlanta, Georgia, Orlando, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee. He also attended the Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) before he became your State Treasurer. As a freshman, he competed in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event and then, as a sophomore and junior, competed in the Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling event. He will continue competing in this event and wishes to excel in his competitive events but his primary focus is serving as your Central Region Vice President.
Outside of DECA, Christopher is active participating in extra-curricular activities inside and outside of school. Christopher is a writer for his school’s Newspaper. He sings for his school’s choir and plays for his school’s Junior Varsity Volleyball team. He is also a member of the 2017 class committee and his school’s Student Council. He was also chosen to be his school’s EMCEE, which is the host and speaker that entertains the crowd during any school pep rallies or events. He also works as a Light Director in EagleVision Media, which is a multi-media company that is based in his school. Outside of school, Christopher loves to volunteer at his local theatre. He has assisted in rebuilding the facility and training the young students how to become great leaders. Although Christopher has a handful of non-DECA related events going on, he will always put DECA first.
Christopher also enjoys spending time with his dog, Lilly, his friends, and especially his family (specifically his baby cousin Xavier). During his free time, Christopher likes to take leisurely walks with his friends and going out for occasional runs. He loves to recognize outstanding members on social media as well. His favorite snacks include Doritos, Capri-Sun juice boxes, popcorn, and pizza. Christopher is extremely social and is never afraid to spark up a conversation. He wants you to know that you can call him Chris, if you please. He also wants you to know that he believes we are all one and wants you to share any questions, comments, concerns, and ideas that you may have, as he is very open to them. He wants this DECA year to be the best and wants all the members to have a say and have the time of their lives! He hopes that this DECA year will impact your life the way DECA impacted his.
Be sure to catch Christopher at the next conference and ask him as many questions as you desire. He looks forward to being your Central Region Vice President and has so much in store for you all. Christopher cannot wait to start working and helping you all Own Your Future.
SOUTHERN REGION VICE PRESIDENT
Cherry Hill West High School
2101 Chapel Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Maggie McCurdy is thrilled and honored to be serving as your 2016-2017 Southern Region Vice President. Maggie is a senior at Cherry Hill High School West and has been in DECA since her freshman year. DECA has been the best part of her high school career as it has given her the opportunity to meet amazing people, learn essential skills to her future career, and given her the confidence to succeed. Her freshman year she competed in Principles of Finance, which she loved so much it inspired her to compete in the Business Finance Series for her Sophomore and Junior year. She has attended ICDC in Atlanta, Orlando, and Nashville. Nashville was her favorite because of the city and because she got to spend it with her fellow state officers!
Outside of DECA, Maggie is involved in her studies and extracurriculars. Maggie likes to challenge herself by taking AP classes and is a part of the National Honor Society. She is also involved in Student Government where she serves on her class’s executive board. Additionally, she is a cadet in her school’s Air Force Junior ROTC program, where she leads as their Support Squadron Commander. Plus, she is a varsity member of the girls soccer team. Being a part of her school is extremely important to Maggie because she loves to work with people and gain the experience needed to be a great leader.
When Maggie has free time (which is rare), she enjoys watching movies, reading, spending time with friends, or hanging out with her brother and sister. When she’s feeling outdoorsy she’ll go for a run or plan to go camping and hiking (which someday she’ll actually do).
Overall, Maggie is ecstatic to be a part of the State Action Team. She looks forward to meeting and learning from all DECA members and is always willing to listen to any comments, hear any questions, or just have a conversation! She knows this year is going to be truly epic and cannot wait to get started working!
Ridgewood High School
627 East Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Will is very excited to be your 2016-2017 State Recording Secretary. Will is a senior at Ridgewood High School, and this will be his 3 rd year as an active and involved DECA member. DECA has curved Will’s path and has given him a vision for the future and he hopes that he and the rest of his State Officer Action Team can do the same for NJ DECA. He is very confident that he and the rest of the team will have no problems making the 2016-2017 year amazing for everyone in NJ DECA. When Will is not participating in DECA related activities, he is being involved in and out of school. Will is a member of the Debate team, Project Interact Club, and plays recreational soccer. He also works part time at the YMCA teaching swimming lessons and lifeguarding. In his free time Will likes to play golf, go to the beach, eat at Chipotle, go for a hike, or watch Netflix. Will’s other favorite things are his friends, family, and two dogs Molly and Potter. He and his friends love going to Crunch together and spending as much time as possible together as they can. Will loves his family and can be found at home with them on weekdays and most weekends. Will is very excited to serve NJ DECA as Recording Secretary this year and vows to do always give NJ DECA his one hundred percent effort. He hopes that through this DECA year he will better himself as a business person and leader and also all of NJ DECA, creating experiences and relationships that he will never forget and will carry with him his whole life. He hopes that NJ DECA members and advisors will reach out to him with any issues that they want to share, if not any issues just a friendly “Hello” and how you’re doing would make his day, so don’t be shy. Will cannot wait to see what this DECA year has in store for him and NJ DECA.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEDIA
Freehold High School
2 Robertsville Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
Lindsey Bertone is extremely honored to serve as your 2016-2017 Vice President of Media! Lindsey is a senior at Freehold High School and has been a member of her school’s DECA chapter for the last 3 years. In previous years, she has served as the FHS DECA chapter secretary while also participating in the social media correspondent program and competing in the Hotel and Lodging Management category. Lindsey has competed at 2 regional conferences, 2 state conferences, and has attended the International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Beyond DECA, Lindsey dedicates her time to her academics in addition to numerous extra curricular activities. She currently serves as the Student Council President at her school. In addition, she is a member of Freehold’s acapella choir, National Honor Society, and Varsity Golf. During her free time, Lindsey enjoys playing the piano and singing with her friends, going to the beach, and travelling. Her top two vacations have been travelling to Iceland and Paris with her best friend! Lindsey is extremely social and personable; so do not hesitate to contact her with any questions!
Lindsey is thrilled to serve on the State Action Team and to meet all of the amazing NJ DECA members! She is ready and willing to work with all members to make Jersey DECA Strong and inspire each member to own their future!
VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Lakeland Regional High School
205 Conklintown Road
Wanaque, NJ 07465
Rebecca Bright is thrilled to serve New Jersey DECA as your 2016-2017 Vice President of Public Relations. As a senior at Lakeland Regional High School, Rebecca is in her fourth year as a DECA member. Rebecca competed in the category of Retail Merchandising each year, and placed first in the state during her sophomore year. She also attended ICDC in Orlando during her sophomore year and in Nashville during her junior year. Business has been a passion of hers since her first business class, Introduction to Business. In addition, she has or is currently taking Marketing, Finance and Economics, Personal Financial Literacy, Accounting, AP Statistics, and Business Practice Firm. She is also interning at the BMW Headquarters where she will be working in both the Marketing and Human Resources departments.
Beyond DECA, Rebecca is active in both her studies and extracurricular activities. Her extracurricular clubs include Leaders Encouraging Adolescent Progress, Leadership Council, Yearbook, Nature Club, Math League, National Honor Society, Business Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. Rebecca is also involved in volleyball and spring track, where she throws javelin. As a Senior Girl Scout, Rebecca recently completed her Gold Award, for which she painted a mural at her school. During her free time, Rebecca loves running, biking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. In the summer, Rebecca enjoys spending time at the lake; a lot of her time is spent lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at two lakes in her town.
Rebecca is looking forward to having a great year with New Jersey DECA, and to making this year successful and fun for all NJ DECA members! Feel free to reach out to her with any questions or concerns; she would love to hear from you!