2015-2016 State Officer Biographies

Utsav Ghosh
State President

Utsav Ghosh attends Westview High School located in Portland, Oregon. He has been a DECA member for the past two years and qualified for ICDC both times. Utsav first became involved in DECA during his sophomore year when he took a marketing class at his school. After attending his first SCDC, Utsav knew he wanted to play a larger role in the organization while becoming a part of others’ DECA experiences.

In addition to DECA and academics, Utsav is in involved in numerous extra-curricular activities. He has lettered on Westview’s Swim team for the past three years and will continue this year. Utsav is involved in multiple musical activities and plays violin with Metropolitan Youth Symphony and is a member of Pacific Youth Choir. He is also a committee chair for Oregon Model United Nations and regularly volunteers at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. 

In his free time Utsav enjoys playing sports and videogames with friends. He plans to major in engineering and finance in college and hopes to attain an MBA in the future. As your President, Utsav looks forward to a great year for Oregon DECA and cannot wait to see how much is accomplished.


Sai Bandi
Vice President of Public Relations

Sai Bandi is excited to represent Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. This is in her second year in DECA, qualifying to ICDC in her first year as a sophomore. Sai was a double qualifier to ICDC to Atlanta, Georgia and a triple qualifier to ICDC 2015. She is a two-time State Champion in Human Resources Management. 

Outside of DECA, Sai is very involved with many clubs and activities. She is an active member of her schools' speech and debate team and recently qualified to nationals in Public Forum Debate. Sai serves on the state board for Oregon Model United Nations as an Undersecretary. Sai's work experience involves being an intern at Non Governmental Organization working in North Korea. She also enjoys being involved in the community through her service on the Mayors Youth Advisory Board as well as volunteering with her schools' National Honor Society. 

Sai's future goals include pursuing a career in the field of law. As Vice President Of Public Relations, Sai is looking forward to an exceptional year for Oregon DECA! 


Matthew Rhine
District I Vice President

Matthew Rhine--Oregon DECA’s District One Vice President-- is proud to represent Sabin-Schellenberg Center. This will be his third year being a part of DECA and he hopes this year will prove to be as amazing as his previous years. He will be going to the 2015 International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, and will participate in the DECA Hotel Challenge with his partner Landon Rufener. Besides being a member of DECA, he is also has been the president of his school’s chess club for the past two years and participates in his school’s band program. 

When he doesn’t have any schoolwork to do he spends his time playing golf and goofing off with his little sisters. He wants to go into Accounting or Finance and hopes to attend college somewhere in the west. One day he wants to own his own business. He is looking forward to the upcoming year as a state office.

When asked what he likes most about Oregon DECA he said “By far it’s the people. Oregon DECA has some of the best members; people who strive to be better than who they are, who want to win and have fun doing it.”


Brittney Kurpios
District II Vice President

District II Vice President, Brittney Kurpios hails from Sprague High School. She has been a member of DECA since her freshman year and has been very active in her chapter, serving as chapter officer her sophomore and junior year. As the District II Vice President, Brittney hopes to spread the knowledge of Oregon DECA and increase the percent of active participants within the District. After she graduates, Brittney hopes to attend Dartmouth College where she plans to pursue a MD-MBA degree. In the future, she plans to have a career as trauma surgeon and one day open her own clinic. During her free time, you can find Brittney reading a good book, spending time with her family, or exploring different places with her friends.

When asked about the benefits of being a member of Oregon DECA, Brittney replied “DECA provides a chance for you to burst out of your shell. It takes learning to whole new level, where you get to experience new places, meet amazing people, and have a fantastic experience outside of the classroom. DECA has helped me grow in many different ways and joining is the best decision that I have made. I would strongly encourage anyone to join and be a part of an amazing organization.” 


Brin Rey
District III Vice President

Brin Rey, a student at Klamath Union High School, is your District III VP. She has been in DECA since she was a freshman, and served as her local chapter's VP of Competition as a sophomore. After being very involved with her chapter and qualifying for ICDC, she knew that she wanted to serve this organization further and give back for some of the amazing opportunities DECA has allowed her. Brin is dedicated to her academics, and she is currently enrolled in the honors program at her school. As District III VP, she hopes to be a part in giving DECA members unforgettable memories and experiences.

Apart from DECA and school, Brin enjoys many other hobbies, such as gardening, reading, writing, and spending time with her family and friends. After high school, she hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry. 

As far as why she loves DECA so much, Brin says, "DECA has given me so many opportunities and fond memories, as well as helped me step out of my comfort zone. My high school experience wouldn't be the same without this organization, and I'm so thankful that I could be part of it!"


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