FBLA State Officers

luke_160x200Luke Searle, President

Luke Searle, a senior at Wasatch High School, has been an active member in FBLA since the start of his freshman year. Luke served as the 2012-2013 State Historian and is currently serving his third term as vice president of his local chapter. Aside of FBLA, he enjoys performing in plays, playing water polo, and competing in speech and debate. Luke is honored to serve as the state president and desires to enhance what he finds the best part of this great student organization: the opportunities for all members to learn and successfully practice skills in their future field of occupation.

james_160x200James Carrington, Central VP

James Carrington, a senior at Salem Hills High School, has been actively involved in FBLA since his sophomore year. Aside from FBLA he enjoys science, math and classical music. At his high school he is involved in National Honors Society, Key Club, HOSA, orchestra, and choir. He loves FBLA because of the service, educational, and leadership experiences that you gain and looks forward to serving the Central Region this coming year.

kaydee_160x200Kaydee Gilson, Eastern VP

Kaydee, a senior at Carbon High School, found her passion for FBLA at the beginning of her freshmen year. She has served as her junior high’s chapter president, high school’s vice president of Wall of Fame, executive vice president, and is currently Carbon’s president. Outside of FBLA, Kaydee is part of the girl’s tennis and golf team. She is also an active officer in National Honor Society and Carbon’s 2013-2014 Business and Marketing Sterling Scholar. FBLA first ignited her interest in business four years ago, and she is looking forward to serving our state as the Eastern Region vice president.

brandon_160x200Brandon Cui, Metro VP

Brandon Cui, a junior at Hillcrest High School, started to become actively involved in FBLA when he was a sophomore. Whether it be the first day he joined FBLA, the Metro Region competition, or the National Leadership Conference, he has enjoyed meeting new people and learning all that FBLA has to offer. Additionally, he has served as his chapter’s public relations officer. Besides participating in FBLA, Brandon is involved in his school’s math and science clubs, tennis team, and Cottonwood Heights Math Club. He is grateful for all of the opportunities in education, volunteering, and leadership that FBLA offers, and is excited to serve our state and represent the Metro Region.

mckell_160x200McKell Nelson, Northern VP

McKell Nelson, a senior at Box Elder High School, started her FBLA career her Freshmen year, exploring all her possibilities, she found that FBLA is what she loved. McKell has served her local chapter as secretary and historian, and is currently serving as president. She has plans of going to college after High School and majoring in Graphic Design and Business Management. Outside of FBLA McKell plays and referees soccer with AYSO, and sings.

sami_160x200Samantha Long, Southern VP

Samantha, a junior at Cedar High School, has been apart of FBLA since her Freshman year and enjoys learning more about the world of business. She is currently serving as her local chapter’s secretary and Treasurer. Outside of FBLA, Samantha is involved in volleyball and HOSA.

rachel_160x200Rachel Richens, Secretary

Rachel Richens, a senior at Union High School, is serving a second term as a state officer. She loves FBLA but is also earning her CNA. She is actively involved in church leadership positions and serves on her community’s youth counsel. She loves to eat ice cream, sleep, listen to music, and travel. She likes to make everything as fun as possible and is very outgoing.

tyler_160x200Tyler Herrera, Treasurer

Tyler Herrera, a senior at Carbon High School, has been an active member of FBLA since his freshman year. Tyler has served as his chapter’s Treasurer, vice president of Promotion, and was recently elected as executive vice president. Aside from FBLA, Tyler enjoys being captain of his high school football team and serving as the local chapter National Honor Society president. Tyler is excited to serve as your State Treasurer and hopes to have a fun, exciting, and productive year of FBLA!

hannah_160x200Hannah Cook, Historian

Hannah, a senior at Maple Mountain High School, has been a part of FBLA program since she was a sophomore. Hannah has served as her local chapter’s secretary and vice president. Outside of FBLA Hannah is involved in the BYU Dance Program and enjoys running in her school’s Cross Country team.

tania_160x200Tania Fernandez, Reporter

Tania Fernandez, a junior at Layton High School, has been an active member of FBLA since Sophomore year. She has served as Activities VP in her chapter and is currently serving as chapter secretary and State Reporter. Tania is excited to be part of this great organization and is ready for a fun and productive year. Outside of FBLA, Tania is involved in Key Club, Layton City Youth Court, and Latinos in Action.

bradyn_160x200Bradyn Poulsen, Webmaster

Bradyn Poulsen, a senior at Pine View High School, is excited to serve as the 2013-2014 State Webmaster. Starting in 5th grade, Bradyn has much experience in web programming and development through personal and professional practice. As the former National Western Region Webmaster, he has worked with the state chapters across the region in creating the new Western Region FBLA website to distinguish our region from the others.

Having served and worked with the National Center in various positions including an Internship at the 2013 NLC in Anaheim and developing the 2013 NLC Photo Booth (Tribute ID) app, he continues to use his experience and looks for additional opportunities to promote and better our organization. Bradyn is excited to have the opportunity of creating the online FBLA-OPOLY system and looks forward to helping our state achieve Excellence in Action.

brizzee_160x200Lucille Brizzee
, State Adviser

Ms. Brizzee has been the Utah FBLA-PBL Assistant State Director for five years. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1988 with a degree in Business Teaching. She immediately started teaching at Ogden High School and has taught there for over 20 years. She currently teaches concurrent enrollment application programs, digital media, financial literacy, and is the adviser for the Ogden High FBLA chapter.

Ms. Brizzee loves the outdoors and playing sports. She enjoys her association with FBLA-PBL because of the caliber of students involved and her friendships with chapter advisers.


distefano_160x200Duke K Di Stefano, State Director

Mr. D. has been the Utah FBLA-PBL State Director for five years. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Business & Information Technology Education and a minor in Marketing Education. He immediately started teaching in the Wasatch County School District and has been there for 10 years. Mr. D. loves FBLA-PBL and has been involved in the organization for over 17 years.

Mr. D. loves to travel and spend time with his wife and daughter in his spare time.