2014-2015 State Officers

Cameron Alwes
Vice President of Communications

Cameron Alwes, Oregon DECA’s Vice President of Communications, is a junior at Bend Senior High School. He has been a DECA member for two years and is excited to be serving on the 2014-2015 State Officer Team! Prior to becoming a state officer, Cameron served as his chapter’s Social Director/Social Media Coordinator. Cameron has a passion for education and is enrolled in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and has a 4.2 GPA. At the 2014 Oregon DECA State Career Development Conference, Cameron placed first in Advertising and will be attending the 2014 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to DECA, Cameron is a member of the cross-country team and qualified for districts, a three-year member of National Honor Society and the current Vice President, as well as a member of student council. Besides DECA and school-related activities, Cameron also has many other interests and is often up at Mt. Bachelor skiing with his friends and family in the winter or going camping and boating in the summer.

When asked about the benefits and opportunities of being a DECA member, Cameron said, "DECA not only integrates into classroom learning, but also takes education out of the classroom and into real-life situations, giving students invaluable skills and experiences that prepare them for careers in business and life in general. Joining DECA is one of the best decisions I have made and I strongly encourage all students to make the same decision.” Cameron is excited for what is to come as a State Officer and to serve Oregon DECA as Vice President of Communications.

Suvedha Ruppa
Vice President of Public Relations

Suvedha Ruppa is a junior at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon. After qualifying for ICDC last year and seeing firsthand how exceptional DECA was, she was inspired to serve this great organization. Currently in her third year in DECA, she hopes she can spread the experience of DECA to everyone willing to give it a try.

Outside of DECA, Suvedha is involved in various extracurriculars such as Student Government, National Honors Society, Junior State of America, Key Club and Amnesty International. She is also very passionate about helping out the community by volunteering with places like her local rec. center. Suvedha also loves to read, play the piano and spend time with her family and friends. Suvedha aspires to obtain an MBA one day and work somewhere in the field of business.

When looking at the year ahead she says, “I’m super excited to serve as your 2014-2015 VP of Public Relations and to help Oregon DECA grow as an organization!”

Landon Rufener
District I Vice President

Your District I Vice President is from the chapter of Sabin-Schellenberg Center. He joined DECA as a freshman and saw how amazing the organization was. After taking second place at the ICDC in Anaheim 2013, he was inspired to do more within Oregon DECA. He was elected to state office his third year in DECA as a junior in high school. As the District 1 Vice President, Landon hopes to see more people who know what Oregon DECA is, and what DECA does for preparing the world for its next group of leaders and successful entrepreneurs. While in college, Landon plans on getting his Associates Degree at the University of Oregon with a major in Marketing. During his free time, he likes to work on his classwork, hang out with his friends, and ride his bike. Landon also received the “True North” award being recognized at the North Clackamas School District board meeting. He has served as a chapter officer and loves his chapter more than anything else in the world. “I will make Oregon DECA a better place, and give our organization my full time commitment. Now lets make history!”

Sam Nelson
District II Vice President

Sam Nelson, a rising senior at Bend High School is the District II Vice President. He has been in DECA for two years and has qualified for ICDC each year. Sam is also pursuing an IB diploma. After he graduates, Sam hopes to go the college of Claremont McKenna, CalPoly, or Lehigh. In college, Sam wants to double major in entrepreneurship and mechanical engineering and then go on to obtain a MBA degree. When Sam is not engaged in school activities, he can be found surfing on the Oregon coast, mountain biking somewhere in Bend, skiing on Mt. Bachelor, caving wherever a cave can be found, rock climbing on Smith Rock, or just generally exploring the environment. Sam hopes to one day be addressed as, “Oh Grandmaster Businessman Nelson.” He recognizes that this is a lofty goal and attributes DECA to helping him get closer to this goal. Here’s what he has to say about the organization: “When it comes to the reward you get out of the effort, DECA stands above all other organizations. DECA teaches you applicable knowledge about business, increases you confidence and speaking skills, and creates memories that you won’t forget.”

Jennifer Pickerill
District III Vice President

District III Vice President, Jennifer Pickerill, attends Crater School of Business, Innovation and Science as a junior. She has been a member of DECA for two years, and is very active in her District and Chapter by helping plan many events, and keep contact with different chapters. Jennifer has attended YEBW, Emerging Educators conference, as well as many other conferences and is President of her school’s student government. She plays golf, knits, and paints in her spare time. She plans on attending Portland State and will pursue a degree in education. She loves working with people of all ages and hopes to pursue a career in helping people.