Meet your 2021-2022 Arizona DECA State Officer Candidates

Hey Arizona DECA! Serving as your 2020-2021 Arizona DECA State Secretary and District 6 President has been my absolute honor. I have created lasting relationships, made life-long memories, and helped inspire and create change throughout our Arizona DECA community alongside your AMAZING 2020-2021 Arizona DECA State Officer team! From creating the Arizona DECA District Instagrams, working with the MDA to spread awareness, recognizing the amazing chapters of Arizona DECA through our Chapter of the month program, releasing Arizona DECA Drip boxes, reimagining our 2020-2021 Arizona DECA Advocacy guide, releasing the Arizona DECA Slack to better connect with chapter officers, or simply having the opportunity to serve the wonderful members of Arizona DECA. This year was nothing short of success. No matter the hardships and difficulties we all faced, we remain determined to make this a successful (and memorable) year. Thank you Arizona DECA for continuing to strive to the #NEXTLEVEL and continue to defy all odds. You all are what make this organization so impactful. YOU are the future of DECA!

As your 2020-2021 Arizona DECA State Officer team hands the torch to the incoming team, we want you all to have the opportunity to further meet the candidates for the 2021-2022 Arizona DECA State Officer team. Below is a list of provided descriptions from each candidate. No matter if you are a voting delegate, member, chapter officer, or advisor, please read through and choose who you believe will best serve the next chapter of Arizona DECA.

We hope to provide an opportunity for you to ask your questions to the 2021-2022 Arizona DECA State Officer team candidates. This Friday, February 26th, we will be hosting a 2021-2022 Arizona DECA State Officer Candidate Q&A! The link to the 2021-2022 Arizona DECA State Officer Candidate Q&A will be sent to your advisors, please contact them to access the link!

During this time members will have the opportunity to ask questions to the current candidates. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Yours in DECA,
Izzy Yadav
Arizona DECA State Secretary and District 6 President


Alaina Meyers – My name is Alaina Meyers and I am from Casteel High School in District 5! As a State Officer, I would strive to sustain our “One Diamond, One Family” motto by connecting chapters together, giving chapters the resources to be successful and professional on social media, and lead YOU members to your future successes! I would love to make our 2021-2022 school year in DECA the best yet, so let’s CONNECT & CREATE, vote Alaina for State!

Abdelrahman Abdelrazek – Hello my name is Abdelrahman Abdelrazek but I go by the name able. I go to paragon science academy in district 5 and I’m a part of the paragon deca chapter. For my campaign I hope to get to know as many people as possible from chapter throughout Arizona and help as many people as I can connect and get better at roleplays. My campaign slogan is “Be Able”

Danna Garcia – Hi everyone! I am Danna Garcia, I attend Millennium High School and this is my 3rd year in DECA. I am so excited to announce that I am running to be a part of your Arizona DECA state officer team for 2021-2022! If I am chosen to be part of the state officer team I will assure you that I will put my all to insure the growth of every individual DECA member and of our organization as a whole. We are One Diamond, One Family!

Elena Mao – Hi everyone! My name is Elena Mao, and it’s an honor to run for your next Arizona DECA State Officer. From winning 2nd place in Principles of Business Management at SCDC last year to serving as Pinnacle DECA’s current Secretary, I believe my experience speaks for itself. DECA has truly given me a second family, and I hope to make YOUR DECA experience just as special as mine has been. My goals for the coming year can be found in my last name: Meet, Achieve, Optimize. I’m hoping to launch a program called DECA Reach that can help you “meet” members from across the state, creating new opportunities and discovering friendships. I would also love to hear YOUR goals and help you “achieve” them. Last but not least, I’m always looking for innovative ways to “optimize” the community around me. I plan to implement activities for chapters to work together and develop bonds during conferences. If you want to learn more, be sure to check out my campaign. Let’s take off now with Elena Mao!

Mansi Dabholkar – Hey, Arizona DECA! My name is Mansi Dabholkar, and I am super excited to be running to be your District 6 State Representative! I come from the slowly growing, brilliant BASIS Phoenix chapter. I would love to be one of your State Officers for the next year so we can all work together to better our love of competition, our impact on the greater Arizona community, and our skills when it comes to business careers. I hope you all are excited to do the same, and I look forward to seeing you all at the Live Q&A! Thank you.

Ram Karuppiah – Hey Arizona DECA! Are you ready to HIT A GRAND SLAM WITH RAM? This is Ram Karuppiah from Perry High School and I am so excited to announce that I’m running to be your Arizona DECA District 5 Representative! My vision for Arizona DECA is to give back to the community with our immense organization, implement more non-competition related activities during the State Career Development Center, and to strengthen the bond between chapters and members. With a strive to give back to Arizona DECA, be a good role model for the members, and overall positively impact the organization, I know that I will be a great State Officer! If you have any questions, make sure to tune into the upcoming State Officer Candidate Q&A! #ArizonaDECA #NextLevel.