Collegiate DECA

Be professional. Join DECA.

Collegiate Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA, is a nationally affiliated organization with the core values of competence, innovation, integrity and teamwork. Membership in the Collegiate DECA - Mayville State University Chapter - provides an excellent opportunity to build resumes, increase professionalism, and help ease the transformation from the classroom to the workforce.

Our Mission

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

 Guiding Principles

Our guiding principles explain how we fulfill our mission by addressing what we do and the outcomes we expect. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promotion competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible experienced leaders.

DECA Fact Sheet

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Mayville State DECA sponsors a number of activities for members throughout the school year, including the following:  

Fall Events

  • Internship Preview Night
  • Halloween Team Builder: Spider
  • Professional Field Trip
  • Professional Speaker
  • ND State Leadership Conference
  • Paint

Spring Events

  • Chili Feed
  • Fireman’s Fundraiser
  • Annual Campus Cleanup
  • Minute to Win It
  • Professional Field Trip
  • ND Career Development Conference
  • International Career Development Conference

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Robert Johnston

I am an assistant professor of business and co-advisor of MSU Collegiate DECA. I received my undergraduate degree from Mayville State University majoring in social science and minoring in sociology & psychology. I earned both my graduate degrees from the University of Mary (a Master of Management & a Master of Business Administration). My work history includes retail management, non-profit social services, business consulting, and teaching at other colleges. I live in Hillsboro, N.D. with my wife Stacey. We do not have any children or pets. My wife is allergic to cats and dogs, and I’m allergic to children. In my free time, I like to watch movies, golf, use power tools, play video games, travel, and watch more movies. 

Dustin Olson

I am in my  third year as co-advisor for Collegiate DECA.  Originally, I am from the metropolis of Harvey, N.D., but have been in the Mayville-Portland area since 2001. All but one of those years I have been involved with Mayville State in some capacity. I am looking forward to Mayville State having the largest Collegiate DECA chapter in the state and qualifying even more members for ICDC.




Wesley Bernier, President

I am a senior and a second year member of Collegiate DECA at Mayville State University. I enjoy being a part of Collegiate DECA because of the business environment, networking, social and competitive activities. I am getting a degree in business with specializations in management, marketing, entrepreneurship and a minor in psychology. In my free time I coach 4th grade football and hang out with family and friends. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle in the summer. My favorite part of Collegiate DECA is meeting all the great people from other students to professionals at conferences.




Nisa Rajput, Vice President

I am an international student from Harare, Zimbabwe. I am currently serving as the Vice president for Mayville State Collegiate DECA. I have many leadership roles on campus however, this position is my most prestigious. I have the ability to innovate new ideas that will help our chapter get to our set goals for the year. While those ideas are in play, I am pleased  to have the support and the encouragement from my colleagues and advisors to meet these goals.



Amber Montag, Secretary/Treasurer

I am a junior at Mayville State, majoring in business administration, minoring in sports management and specializing in marketing and management. I am from Finley, N.D., just 25 miles west of Mayville. I am involved in many organizations on campus, such as Peer Leaders, Student Ambassadors, DECA, Cometeers, Campus Crusade, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I really enjoy being active and spending time with my friends and family. I am excited about the upcoming year in DECA because I think we will be able to make a huge impact on our members and our campus, and be nationally recognized for our accomplishments! 


Cierra Steele, Marketing/Public Relations

I’m a senior at Mayville State University. I am majoring in business administration, and pursuing specializations in management and marketing. I was born in Littleton, Colo. and raised in Pingree, N.D. I have been in DECA for two years and am also a member of Student Alumni Ambassadors, where I have served as a public relations officer for two years. I enjoy playing and watching sports of all types, I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am currently working as a cake decorator in Fargo. This year I have a list of goals for our DECA chapter that I am working on, together with the members. I look forward to working with everyone, Let’s make it count!