2015-2016 State Officers

State Officer Biographies

Shifan Daruwalla
State President

As Texas DECA State President, Shifan Daruwalla is thrilled to serve all of Texas DECA. A member of the class of 2016, Shifan was born in Mumbai, India and attends Clements High School in Houston.

Shifan’s first DECA moment occurred during his freshman year when he was recognized as an international finalist in the Principles of Finance competition in Anaheim, California. This experience lead him to becoming an officer in Clements DECA, the world's largest DECA chapter. During his sophomore year, Shifan was elected to serve as Texas DECA's District III Vice President and competed at ICDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

In addition to his passion for DECA, Shifan is also interested in computers and enjoys creating iPhone apps to aid education for students his age. An avid traveler, Shifan Daruwalla enjoys meeting new people and experiencing foreign customs by setting a goal of three vacations to new places a year. He also enjoys playing basketball, where he was on his school team as a freshman until an injury rendered him unable to play until his senior year of high school. 

Shifan is excited to serve Texas DECA, an exceptional organization with incredible leaders. He is confident that the state can excel to new levels this year and is honored to be able to give back to DECA. Shifan encourages anyone to email him with ideas, questions, or suggestions at shifan.daruwalla.txdeca@gmail.com.

Dylan Amaro
Vice President of Statewide Campaigns

Dylan Amaro, a student at Copperas Cove High School, feels privileged to serve the members of Texas DECA as their Vice President of Statewide Campaigns throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Born in New Hampshire, Dylan has travelled across the country due to his father’s service in the military- allowing him the opportunity to explore many states and the different cultures within each community.

Beginning his adventures in DECA as a sophomore, Dylan has made stage at State CDC and advanced to ICDC in both his first and second years of competition in the Entrepreneurship Growing Your Business event.

Along with his responsibilities in DECA, Dylan is one of six students chosen to participate on his superintendent’s Youth Leadership Council. Engaging himself in his community, he participates in club events with his local National Honor Society chapter, his high school's student council, as well as his involvement in UIL Academics. Aside from extracurricular activities, Dylan is employed at his local H-E-B Plus store while also running Amaro Custom iRepair - a business started by him and his brother at the age of thirteen.

Dylan is eager to bring Texas DECA into a successful year of competition, growth, and service. To contact Dylan, you can reach him at dylan.amaro.txdeca@gmail.com.

Victoria Meng
Vice President of Visual Media

Victoria Meng is excited to serve as your Texas DECA Vice President of Visual Media, and is a member of the class of 2016 at Liberty High School.

As a three-year ICDC competitor and chapter officer, Victoria has been involved with DECA since her freshman year. She currently serves as her school's Vice President, and loves working with members to prepare for competition. Under her leadership, her chapter has tripled in size and currently gives back to the community through monthly volunteer events. She feels that DECA has been the most memorable aspect of her high school career and can't wait to share her passion with Texas DECA.

In addition to DECA, Victoria is an active extemporaneous debater and participates in Junior World Affairs Council, Collin County Teen Court, and National Honor Society. She is also the Public Relations officer of her school's National Art Honor Society and volunteers at The Crow Collection of Asian Art, as well as The Perot Museum in Dallas. After high-school, Victoria seeks to major in marketing with a minor in psychology.

Victoria looks forward to giving back to the organization that has given her so much, and wants to make Texas DECA, the best and brightest chartered association in the world. Feel free to contact Victoria with any questions or suggestions, as she looks forward to hearing from you at victoria.meng.txdeca@gmail.com.

Haley Milam
Vice President of Leadership Development

Haley Milam, Texas DECA Vice President, is a member of the class of 2016 at Veterans Memorial High School in Mission, Texas. Starting her freshman year, Haley has continued to climb the leadership ladder in Texas DECA, starting as District 1 President and now as Vice President of Leadership Development. Additionally, Haley has served as Chapter President for much of her. Haley has been a Texas DECA state qualifier in each of her first three years, plus a finalist for the International Career Development Conference her junior year.

Not only is Haley DECAcated, she is also a three-year varsity track runner as well as a lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Pauls Catholic Church. After high school, Haley plans to major in psychology and study abroad in Rome, Italy. Once she graduates college, she plans to pursue her dream of being a lawyer and attend St. Mary’s and specialize in Corporate Law.

DECA has benefited Haley in various ways. Not only has it helped her throughout high school, it also in a way influenced her career path and everyday choices. She believes the DECA is opportunity, and that it will change your goals, your perspective, your habits, your life, and your future. To contact Haley, you may reach her at haley.milam.txdeca@gmail.com.

Sara Stein
Vice President of Social Media

Sara Stein, member of the class of 2016 at The Woodlands High School, is thrilled and honored to serve as the Vice President of Social Media for Texas DECA.

Sara joined DECA as a sophomore, where she advanced to ICDC as a competitor in the Professional Selling Event. Her junior year, Sara was elected as the Vice President of Human Relations for her chapter and as the Secretary for District IV. After being named an alternate at State CDC for her event, Sara was ecstatic to find out that she was elected as a State officer for Texas DECA.

In addition to DECA, Sara is the Treasurer for her school’s Science National Honor Society as well as a member of the Social Studies, Spanish, English, and Math Honor Societies. Sara is also a member of her school’s Ethics Bowl team, which will represent the state at the national competition. Outside of school, Sara enjoys volunteering and traveling because she loves having the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their experiences.

In the future, Sara plans on double majoring in business and a foreign language. She hopes to be either an accountant or a financial consultant and possibly own her own consulting company one day.

Through DECA, Sara has had many opportunities that have helped her grow as a person and as a leader. She is excited for the chance to improve and give back to Texas DECA and its members. Sara encourages anyone to email her with ideas, questions, or suggestions at sara.stein.txdeca@gmail.com.