State Officers

Charles Kang

President

Charles Kang is a senior at Glenbrook North High School, in Northbrook Illinois. While he holds that creativity, business acumen, and hard work are critical to success, and serve as the basis for personal development, Charles is a firm believer in the power of a strong team mentality for individual and organizational achievement. Charles has placed in the Top 10 at ICDC every year, and last year he and his partner Griffin placed third at internationals. However, he rates his experiences with his team far above any personal success, and particularly appreciates the friends and connections he made beyond his home state of Illinois. Aside from DECA, Charles misses the old Taylor, accidentally breaks the occasional golf club, and needs some good music recommendations.

Everything I’m doing is an attempt to ease the pain of waiting for Season 8. That said, I might as well do it well.

Anthony Crawley

Vice President of Engagement

Anthony Crawley is currently a senior at Plainfield Easy High School. He has been a member of DECA all his high school career and has competed at ICDC twice in the years 2016 and 2017. Outside of DECA Anthony has helped to establish a philanthropic organization at his school called Global Citizenship Club or GCC. The organization volunteers locally and raises money for third world countries where water is not readily available. In his free time Anthony loves to watch the Cubs and Formula One Racing. Anthony considers his role model in life to be Lewis Hamilton and one day hopes to meet him. In the Future, Anthony wants to become an entrepreneur and start his own social media marketing company to continue to use many of the skills DECA has taught him. Anthony is ecstatic about the possibilities this year holds and cannot wait to make Illinois DECA limitless.

Ashley Maul

Vice President of Communication

Ashley is thrilled to represent Illinois DECA as Vice President of Communications this year. As a four year DECA member, it has always been her goal to become a member of the State Action Team. Ashley has been very active member in DECA. Because of her enthusiasm and dedication for DECA, she became her chapter’s president this year. This year Ashley hopes to increase competition awareness for new members and member involvement in all events. Again, Ashley is thrill to be apart of the State Action Team and is excited for the #Limitless year ahead!

Maddy Cantu

Vice President of Philanthropy

Madeline Cantu is a senior at Belvidere High School and is excited to serve you as one of this years State Officers. This year she was also elected as her chapter’s president and is a DECA Direct Social Media Correspondent.  She has been involved in DECA for two years and plans to continue her DECA Experience in college. Last year she went to ICDC and participated in the Elevate leadership series as well as being a voting delegate for Illinois.  Madeline plans to pursue a career in international business with an emphasis in marketing and communications. She would like you to know some fun facts about herself; she goes by Maddy, she has a goal to travel 38 states in 17 months,  she is a foodie so she loves to try new foods no matter how different they are and she looks forward to having a limitless year with all of you.

Tanya Iyer

Vice President of Member Development

Tanya Iyer, a junior at Naperville North High School, is ecstatic to serve as a member of the Illinois DECA State Action Team! Originally enticed to DECA by the promise of fierce competition and silly hats at ICDC, she grew to enjoy the spontaneity and camaraderie of the DECA community – everything from the adrenaline of role plays to the ingenuity of 30 page business plans. Tanya is extremely grateful to serve her chapter as the VP of Competition. She has qualified for ICDC with her individual series event her freshman and sophomore years, finishing as a finalist her sophomore year, and credits the competitive experiences with her curiosity and fervor for all things DECA. In her free time, Tanya enjoys playing with her brother, being deadpan, and reading. One of her favorite books is, of course, Freakonomics. Overall, Tanya is extremely grateful toward her family, friends, school, and the DECA community for giving her the opportunity to serve the organization she couldn’t imagine living without.