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executive board

Our Executive Board is responsible for the management and operations of UW-Whitewater Collegiate DECA.  Our goal is to ensure every individual has an enjoyable time and gains the leadership experience they deserve while in DECA and attending Whitewater.  Want to connect with us? You can find our LinkedIn profile on our photo!

If you are interested in taking on role with the Executive Board, make sure to apply for next year! This is a great opportunity to become a leader in our chapter. 

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Frank Lanko
Chapter Advisor
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Bella Biever
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Keelin Pierner
VP of Competition
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Jayden Williams
VP of Community Involvement 

Frank is the Business Career Services Manager for the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. On top of that, Frank is the Chapter Advisor for UW-Whitewater DECA. He is extremely passionate about DECA and constantly pushes the entire chapter to be better every year, adding extremely valuable professional insight and competition tips.

I’m Bella and I will be serving as your President for this year! I am beyond excited to be in this role. I’m looking to create a welcoming environment with passionate members! I am a junior this year, studying Public Relations and Digital Marketing. I’m looking forward to our chapter’s success in competition, on campus, and in the community; I hope you join us!

Fun Fact: I’ve been as far north as Alaska and as far south as Peru

I’m thrilled to be our chapter’s VP of Competition this year! With this position, I will assist with our members’ career development by building the knowledge, confidence, and skills to succeed in DECA competition events.

I am a senior majoring in Marketing with an emphasis in Sports and Experiential Marketing. My favorite part of DECA is our friendly, welcoming community, and the amazing networking opportunities.


Fun Fact: This past summer I interned for TEAM LAMMI and got to work with Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, AJ Dillion, Chimere Dike, Braelon Allen and more!

I am a senior double majoring in accounting and finance. I have the goal of increasing the member awareness of volunteering oppurtunities and to increase the amount of volunteer hours our chapter can get.


Fun Fact: I've worked in door county the last two summers.

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Luke Magnusen
VP of Public Relations
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Melanie Polivka
VP of Fundraising
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Brody Large
VP of External 
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Chris Isely
VP of Marketing

I am the VP of Public Relations. I am a sophomore and my major is accounting and business management. My goal is to keep everyone up to date with DECA using our various social media platforms.

Fun Fact: I am apart of Lamba Chi Alpha.

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Aidan McDonough
VP of Finance

I am so excited to serve as DECA’s VP of Fundraising this year! I am a junior, double major in accounting and management, with a Spanish minor. I look forward to connecting with sponsors and members as I help the chapter fundraise for state and ICDC this coming school year. 

Fun Fact: I love houseplants and gardening.

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I'm a sophomore marketing student and I'm serving as the VP of external relations this year. I'm excited to connect with other organizations on campus and hopefully I can improve my performance at competitions this year.

Fun Fact: I enjoy playing pickleball with friends.

Haley Surface
VP of Events

I am a junior finance major and I'm serving as the VP of Marketing. My personal goal this year is to qualify for finals at ICDC.

Fun Fact: I've rode ATVs in Maui.

I am eager to serve the chapter as VP of Finance this year! I am a Junior majoring in Economics. I look forward to developing strong connections with the members of UW-Whitewater's DECA and managing the chapter's financial responsibilities!


Fun Fact: I love hiking and playing volleyball.

I am so excited to be the VP of Events for DECA this year! I am currently a sophomore studying Finance. My goal is to plan fun events for our chapter members and provide a fun experience for everyone involved in DECA. I look forward to welcoming new members and expanding my network!


Fun fact: I am a transfer student from UW- La Crosse.

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