Bellevue DECA Coaches

Kyle Barber DECA Coach

Kyle Barber

Kyle started our team eight years, recognizing the value of developing students’ problem-solving and presentation skills to help them land great careers. He competed in debate and forensics through high school and college, and saw amazing growth in himself and his peers (including Vickie and Marguerite) being on a nationally ranked team.

Kyle is the Chair of the marketing department and has taught at Bellevue College for almost a decade now. He spent most of his career in New York City, leading the measurement and analytics departments for large advertising agencies like McCann, Wunderman, Starcom, Razorfish, and Draft FCB.

For fun Kyle likes hiking, scuba diving, travelling to far off places, reading books that have nothing to do with marketing, and taking time to have long, drawn out conversations with friends.

DECA Events Coached

  • Business Research
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Drama Interpretation
  • Duo Interpretation
  • Poetry Interpretation
  • Prose Interpretation
  • Program Interpretation

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Kyle at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Marijke Thomas DECA Coach

Marijke Thomas

Marijke is a recent magna cum laude 2019 graduate of Bellevue College; bachelors in digital marketing. She competed at DECA the last three years; winning all three state championships and placing 3rd at Nationals for Professional Sales in 2018, and 4th place in Emerging Tech in 2019. Marijke has a passion and drive to coach and mentor students to success.

Outside of coaching and teaching, Marijke loves to dance (especially Jazz Fosse style) and enjoys traveling to new countries each year.

DECA Events Coached

  • Sales
  • Sales Management
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Marijke at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Steve Raymond DECA Coach

Steve Raymond

Steve currently teaches Digital Marketing, Relationship Marketing, Search Marketing, Webpage Authoring Essentials, WordPress, and Business Analysis at Bellevue College. Prior to teaching, Steve earned a web marketing specialist certification at Bellevue College and participated in DECA where he took 3rd place in Nationals for Entrepreneurship Starting a Business. Steve is passionate about helping students achieve success through DECA.

In his spare time Steve enjoys backpacking, hiking, skiing, working out, sailing, and creating websites.

DECA Events Coached

  • Entrepreneurship - Starting A Business
  • Entrepreneurship - Growing Your Business
  • Entrepreneurship Operations
  • Corporate Finance
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
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Jeff Denbo DECA Coach

Jeff Denbo

Jeff is a career marketer, with more than 20 years of experience at Verizon, where he focused on integrated marketing strategy, customer retention and satisfaction, multicultural marketing, event marketing, and sports sponsorships. He went back to school in 2015 and graduated Bellevue College, magna-cum-laude, with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing. Competing in DECA, Jeff took 2nd place in Marketing Management at state and took 1st place at state and 3rd place at nationals in Advertising Campaign.

Jeff is teaching marketing and business technology classes at Bellevue college and in his spare time he enjoys being outdoors hiking, camping, gardening and when he can’t be outside, he likes to cook.

DECA Events Coached

  • Advertising
  • Marketing Management
  • B2B Marketing
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Steph McCarty DECA Coach

Steph McCarty

Steph McCarty is a recent 2021 graduate from Bellevue college with a bachelors in digital marketing. She competed in DECA for 3 years winning 2 state titles and one nationals title in retail management. Steph has a passion for the team and wanting to see everyone compete to the best of their ability.

When not working Steph loves photography and exploring the city.

DECA Events Coached

  • Retail Management

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Steph at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Vickie Carnegie DECA Coach

Vickie Carnegie

Vickie teaches Introduction to Marketing, Digital Marketing, Sports, Music and Film and TV Marketing. She competed in Debate and Forensics throughout high school and college, earning state and national awards. She ranked in the top ten of speakers nationally and was a national finalist in Communication Analysis and a national champion in Poetry Interpretation.

For fun, Vickie enjoys coaching Bellevue students, going for long walks, and watching Marvel movies with her son.

DECA Events Coached

  • Business Ethics
  • HR Management
  • Persuasive Speaking
  • Communications Analysis
  • Poetry Interpretation

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Vickie at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Kyle De Avila DECA Coach

Kyle De Avila

Kyle De Avila is a Bellevue College graduate from the Digital Marketing bachelors’ program and former DECA National Champion in Business-to-Business Marketing.

A career marketer, Kyle currently works at The Seattle Times with their digital agency and content studio teams. In his capacity as a Senior Account Manager, Kyle assists brands in creating/implementing a wholistic digital media strategy and deploying campaigns both on and through other media channels.

For fun, Kyle plays basketball and golf on the weekends. He is a huge Seattle sports fan and enjoys spending his free time with traveling.

DECA Events Coached

  • Business-to-Business Marketing

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Kyle at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.


Steitzer graduated Bellevue College magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing. During their time in DECA, Steitzer placed first in marketing management at state two years in a row (2019 & 2020), and 3rd at the national level (2019). Currently, Steitzer is a digital advertising coordinator with Thin Pig Media, working primarily with clients in the hospitality and property management, education, and healthcare industries. (Steitzer is also available weekday evenings in the ASC for drop-in tutoring at Bellevue College!)

When not working, Steitzer enjoys playing Pokemon Go, hiking, knitting, and cooking.

DECA Events Coached

  • Marketing Management
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Rachel Degginger DECA Coach

Rachel Degginger

Rachel currently works for a marketing agency based in Redmond as a Marketing Consultant. Her area of expertise is content, social media, ABM and demand generation strategies.

Rachel was a Top 10 finalist for three years in the Fashion Marketing category. She was previously DECA president for the Shoreline Community College chapter.

DECA Events Coached

  • Fashion Marketing

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Rachel at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Hather Sneed DECA Coach

Heather Sneed

Heather is a career marketer, with over 14 years of marketing experience focusing on SEO, content marketing, and digital advertising. She went back to school in 2017 and graduated from Bellevue College with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Marketing. She is working on her master's degree in Leadership and Management from Washington Governors University.

Heather currently teaches Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing Strategy, Display Media Strategy, and Data Analytics at Bellevue College. Heather's mission is to help students reach the goals they have set for themselves and to help them navigate the educational process within the field of marketing and business.

Heather currently works for an advertising agency based out of Austin, TX. When not working, Heather enjoys traveling, vanlife, sleep, and tacos.

DECA Events Coached

  • Hotel Management
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Restaurant Management

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Heather at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Marguerite Downey DECA Coach

Marguerite Downey

Marguerite (Meg) Downey is a digital marketing adjunct professor at Bellevue College. She brings more than 20 years of demonstrated leadership in legal marketing, strategic planning, business development, and communications through the creation of targeted messaging for Fortune 500 companies navigating Federal regulatory law in finance, corporate, trade, and nonprofit sectors. Meg currently works for an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC.

DECA Events Coached

  • Event Planning

Speech and Debate Events Coached

  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Informative Speaking
  • After Dinner Speech

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Meg at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Zorica Wacker DECA Coach

Zorica Wacker

Zorica has been teaching digital marketing courses with a focus on data analytics tools and emerging tech at Bellevue College for the past several years. She is an experienced educator, who has also worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the British Council.

Zorica loves swimming, hiking, and listening to classical music.

DECA Events Coached

  • Emerging Technology

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Zorica at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

Rex Bobbish DECA Coach

Rex Bobbish

Rex is a graduate of Western Michigan University (B.A.-Marketing, 1993), University of Detroit Law School (Juris Doctor, 1996), New York University (Ed.M.- History Education, 2003), Columbia University (M.Ed.-Organizational Leadership, 2007). Rex has served on the faculty of Bellevue College since 2019 as an adjunct instructor in the Marketing department. Courses taught: International Marketing, Introduction to Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Media, Media Buying, and Advanced Analytics.

Rex lives and works full-time in New York City where he serves as a leadership development coach and leader of professional learning programs.

DECA Events Coached

  • International Marketing

To schedule a coaching session, e-mail Rex at and put "DECA: Request for Coaching" in the subject line.

heryl Engstrom DECA Coach

Cheryl Engstrom

Cheryl joined the Bellevue College team with the hopes of finding a way to contribute to a new generation of marketers. Little did she know that she would jump in with both feet through DECA. She puts her 30 years of marketing for advertising agencies and major Pacific NW companies to work to help Bellevue DECA’s team win state and national championships. Her work for Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer as well as The Bellevue Collection over the years has her firmly rooted in fashion and branded products. Her toughest gig was working on the island of Kauai as the Director of PR for the island’s first “mega-resort,” The Westin Kauai, where she worked with journalists from around the globe. She now runs her own agency, Engstrom Marketing.

For fun, Cheryl does bare-bow archery, rides a Suzuki Bergman 400cc scooter, bakes way too many goodies, plays guitar, and spends summer weekends at her beach property in Grayland, Washington boogie boarding the waves. Cheryl also enjoys jumping off tall ladders.

DECA Events Coached

  • Fashion Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • Event Planning
  • Hotel Management
  • Restaurant Management
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