2017-2018 State Officer Biographies

Brian Josephson
South Medford High School
State President

Brian Josephson is a senior at South Medford High School in Medford, Oregon. Brian joined DECA his freshman year after attending South Medford's club showcase. Brian liked the idea of a student organization for business and marketing and he was eager to join. As a member, Brian joined his chapter’s leadership team. Leading his chapter gave him the confidence to run for the District Three Vice President in the 2016-2017 school year.

Brian has continued his growth in DECA by attending several local competitions where he gained the experience to win at SCDC. Brian attended ICDC 2017 competing in Restaurant Food Service Marketing. In the future, Brian hopes to attend the University of Chicago to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he hopes to further his education by studying for a Master of Public Policy and a Juris Doctor. Brian plans to become an attorney.

Brian has discovered that DECA offers many opportunities that help students like him to achieve the same career goals. Brian is excited to encourage other members of Oregon DECA to make the most of their opportunities as the President of Oregon DECA.

You can reach Brian at president@oregondeca.org.


Akhila Kandaswamy
Westview High School
Vice President of Communications

Akhila Kandaswamy is honored to be serving as Oregon DECA’s Vice President of Communications and representing Westview High School as a senior. Akhila has been a DECA member since her freshman year, during which she placed 4th in Personal Finance Literacy. In 2016, Akhila qualified for and attended ICDC in Nashville. She also double qualified in FTDM and PFL for ICDC 2017 in Anaheim, CA.

Along with DECA, Akhila is active participant in many school organizations including Model United Nations where she has served as a committee chair, Speech and Debate, PAWS, and Amnesty International where she is the founder and president. Additionally, she is an avid volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society, Legacy hospitals, and the Oregon National Primate Research Center where she mentors fifth grade students.

Akhila has greatly benefited from her experiences as a DECA member and has been able to utilize them to work at a Portland, OR startup called Collexion. Along with this, Akhila has been able to work directly with corporate managers and directors at the Oregon Humane Society to increase outreach to youth through smartphone activities. Akhila hopes to further employ her DECA knowledge in the future by opening her own law firm or veterinary clinic.

Akhila is excited to serve and see what the year ahead has in store for the future of Oregon DECA and its members!

You can reach Akhila at communications@oregondeca.org.


Trent Rabe
 Henley High School
Vice President of Public Relations

As an incoming Junior at Henley High School, Trent Rabe is currently serving as the Vice President of Public Relations on the Oregon DECA State Officer Team. He is the youngest of the current officers, being a full year behind all of the others. Despite young age, Trent is a State Officer and has been a finalist at SCDC, as well as being awarded many ribbons at local competitions.

Trent is one of three officers from District III. He has plans to attend college after high school, though he is still undecided as to where. His hopes are to own his own Biomedical Engineering business, one that specializes in designing less intrusive and more efficient implants. The goal of this business will be to make implants more accessible for people who cannot undergo major surgery, such as small children and the elderly.

“DECA members all over the world have inspired me in ways that no one else could. I am the person that I am today because of DECA.” -Trent Rabe

You can reach Trent at publicrelations@oregondeca.org.


Daniel Chen
Westview High School
District I Vice President

Daniel Chen is thrilled to be your District I Vice President as a senior at Westview High School. This is his second year as a member of Oregon DECA and is looking forward to his third. He qualified for ICDC 2016 in Nashville and was a double qualifier to ICDC 2017 in Anaheim.

In addition to DECA, Daniel is involved many other extracurriculars. He is the president of Westview’s HOSA and treasurer of the Japanese National Honors Society. He has participated in Speech and Debate, FIRST Robotics, and Oregon Model United Nations. Daniel is also a referee for the U.S. Soccer Federation and an active volunteer at Providence Hospital. Daniel would like to major in business or pre-medicine and hopes to attain an MBA or MD in the future.

Whether you are attending for the first year, or returning for your fourth, Daniel wants to make this year an enjoyable and memorable one. He believes DECA offers lifetime skills not taught in classes, and hopes more people come to understand that DECA is beyond a high school activity. Daniel envisions an Oregon DECA with members eager to become leaders and is excited to connect with every one of you.

You can reach Daniel at d1vp@oregondeca.org.


Patrick Davis
Bend High School
District II Vice President

Patrick Davis is a senior at Bend Senior High School. Patrick has been an Oregon DECA member since his freshman year. From his first day as a member, Patrick set a goal to one day represent Oregon DECA as a state officer. He achieved his goal and is now serving his second term as a state officer. Patrick placed first in Fashion Promotion Plan at 2016's SCDC and qualified to compete at ICDC 2016. Patrick was also a competitor at ICDC 2017 in Anaheim, California.

As well as being an active member in DECA, Patrick is also an active team player for Bend Senior's sports programs. Patrick plays for the varsity football team, the wrestling team, and the baseball team throughout the school year. Prior to the election on the Oregon DECA State Officer team, Patrick served as his chapter’s Outreach Director.

When asked why he joined DECA and how he has contributed, Patrick’s response was: “I joined DECA because a girl I thought was cute was in it. However, after attending SCDC I fell in love with DECA. The organization has given me some great tools and experiences and I want to be able to share these opportunities with as many people as possible.” Patrick is thrilled to be the District II Vice President and can't wait to share his experience with members across Oregon.

You can reach Patrick at d2vp@oregondeca.org.


Dhrushil Patel
Henley High School
District III Vice President

Dhru Patel is thrilled to serve Oregon DECA as a two-time state officer. Dhru is a senior this year at Henley High School, and three year DECA member. In his first year, Dhru discovered his competitive edge at local competitions and never turned back. Dhru has had the honor of attending the Emerging Leader Summit, speaking at the Western Region Leadership Conference, facilitating workshops at the Oregon Leadership Institute and attending the International Career Development Conference twice, representing Oregon DECA as a competitor in Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making.

Along with DECA, Dhru participates in several extra-curricular activities and organizations. Dhru is one of the four presidents of Henley High Leadership and actively participates in Honor Society, HOSA, YEBW, NSHSS, and NASC. Dhru is college bound, where he plans to study for his MD and MBA degrees, to one day become an anesthesiologist.

When asked why he joined DECA and how he believes members are influenced by DECA, Dhru’s response was: “I took great interest in DECA as a freshman, because of the awesome trips and conference DECA members were able to attend. Who doesn’t want to spent a week in Orlando? I have chosen to dedicate myself to DECA because I believe DECA provides students with the opportunity to make lasting connections, develop as leaders, and train to become innovative leaders in their future professions.” Dhru Patel is ready to enhance every Oregon DECA member’s experience and lead Oregon DECA.

You can reach Dhru at d3vp@oregondeca.org.


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