Meet Your State Executive Council

Learn a little more about the 2015-2016 state officers and see them in action throughout their term in the photo gallery below.

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 Your state officers are ready for action at the state for the 2015-2016 school year.
From left to right: Taylor, Jessica, Deana, Lilly, Jonathan
Back left to right: Ethan, Erik, Emily, Meredith, Jake

Name: Jonathan Haynes
Title: State President
Chapter/Currently Attending: Midland High Chapter
Interests: Reading, playing tennis, French, Kiva club
Career Plans: To go into medicine, specifically anesthesiology
How many years in BPA: 4
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped increase my personal skills tenfold. I have learned how to effectively communicate in large groups, as well as one-on-one. It has also developed my love for people, especially my fellow members.
Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA took place in 2015 while filming for my video production team. We spent an entire week sleep deprived to finalize our video, but it was all worth it when we placed first at the State leadership Conference.
Favorite Quote: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

Name: Deana Zhu
Title: Executive Vice-President
Chapter/Currently Attending: Ann Arbor Huron High School
Interests: Doing anything related to visual arts including painting, designing, sewing, binge-watching runway shows, writing poetry, busking, playing piano.
Career Plans: Double major in Business and Law, Work on Wall Street, Retire before age 40 to start a womenswear line (it will happen, somehow)
How many years in BPA: 4
How BPA has helped me: BPA has introduced me to so many people beyond my community and has pushed me out of my comfort zone to become a more fearless person. Through BPA, I have been able to see the many dimensions of the business world and understand the amount of work and communication it takes to running such a program.
Most memorable moment in BPA: During “Game Night” of our state board officer training, we played Catchphrase with the group split into two teams. It was so much fun: the whole room was cracking up and it was the first time I had seen Mr. Henderson (our state director) laugh so much!
Favorite Quote: “I never look back, Darling! It distracts from the now.” – Edna Mode; The Incredibles

Name: Lilly Sheline
Title: State Secretary/Treasurer
Chapter/Currently Attending: Berrien Springs
Interests: Reading, writing, sports, drawing, cuddling with my cat
Career Plans: Become a special education teacher
How many years in BPA: 4
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me find something that I am very passionate about. It has helped me discover my true self and has helped set personal goals that I am excited to achieve.
Most memorable moment in BPA: Getting Krispy Kreme’s with my Officer Team
Favorite Quote: “And forget not that the Earth delights your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Unknown

Name: Jessica Morgan
Title: State Historian
Chapter/Currently Attending: Williamston High School
Interests: Running, shopping, getting froyo, going to the beach, visiting different places
Career Plans:
How many years in BPA: 4
How has BPA helped me: Obtain skills and experience that have given me a sense of direction as well as being provided opportunities I would have never gotten.
Most memorable moment in BPA: Running for the State Executive Council
Favorite Quote: “Enjoy the little things.”

Name: Emily Lichon
Title: State Parliamentarian
Chapter/Currently Attending: Byron/Lansing Community College
Interests: I enjoy playing sports and spending time with family.
Career Plans: Undecided
How many years in BPA: 2
How has BPA helped me: BPA has given me the opportunity to explore my interests. BPA has also pushed me out of my comfort zone and has given me the chance to shine as a leader, as well as a team member.
Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment in BPA would be getting up in front of a crowd of 2,000 people and delivering a speech for State Executive Council.
Favorite Quote: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Unknown

Name: Meredith Moore
Title: Vice-President of Membership
Chapter/Currently Attending: Anchor Bay High School
Interests: Basketball, listening to music, playing the piano, hanging out with family and friends
Career Plans: Obtain a Corporate Law degree, then further with a Juris Doctorate
How many years in BPA: 4
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me network throughout the country. I have made friends with people that share my interests and further developed my public speaking abilities. It has made me take risks I never thought possible, as well as opened so many new doors and opportunities that I felt never obtainable.
Most memorable moment in BPA: My most memorable moment was in 7th grade when I came to watch my brother’s speech for his campaign for state office, at which I had seen all the high school students just enjoying their time at SLC. This was also the moment that inspired me to run for SEC.
Favorite Quote: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." – Michael Jordan

Name: Jake DeVos-Roy
Title: Vice-President of Communications
Chapter/Currently Attending: Clarenceville High School
Interests: Soccer, friends, watching movies
Career Plans: Marketing Executive/CEO/Hollywood Agent
How many years in BPA: 3
How has BPA helped me: BPA has helped me become a more confident individual and helped me highlight my strengths and weaknesses.
Most memorable moment in BPA: Getting called up on stage at SLC to become a state officer.
Favorite Quote: “I wanted to make my own dynasty and not keep following trends. I wanted to make my own.” – Big Sean

Name: Ethan Bixlier-Smith
Title: Vice President of Community Service
Chapter/Currently Attending: Hillsdale High School
Interests: Soccer, track, singing, guitar, wakeboarding, exploring
Career Plans: Investment Banking or Wealth Management
How many years in BPA: 3
How has BPA helped me: Business Professionals of America has provided me with an outlet to exercise my leadership capabilities while simultaneously gaining real-world career experience.
Most memorable moment in BPA: Getting the chance to network and meet new people at both the State and National conferences. I have formed countless life-long relationships through BPA.
Favorite Quote: “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot

Name: Taylor A. Meck
Title: Vice-President of Chapter Activities
Chapter/Currently Attending: Pinckney Community High School/Cleary University
Interests: BPA, running Cross Country, going to local concerts, watching movies, spending time with my family and friends, and listening to music
Career Plans: Owning my own event planning business
How many years in BPA: 4
How has BPA helped me: BPA has changed my life, it has showed me that I can be successful at something, given me a place where I belong, given me life long friends, better communication skills and the opportunity to discover myself.
Most memorable moment in BPA: When I think back on my time in BPA there are so many memories that come to mind, so it is very hard to pick one, from my first Regional leadership conference in 2013 when I took first place for my event, to the 2015 State Leadership Conference when I ran for state office and every memory in between will be something I will never forget!
Favorite Quote: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” – Dean Karnazes