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2011-2012 State Officers

Taylor Sarman 
FBLA National President/Executive Vice President

Taylor Sarman, a senior at Union High School in Union, Oregon, is honored to serve the 250,000 members of FBLA as National President, and to serve the members of Oregon FBLA as Executive Vice President. Taylor’s experiences extend across the local, state, and national levels of FBLA. As a three-year local officer, State President and State Executive Vice President, and a member of the Western Region Executive Board, National Treasurer’s Council, and National President’s Assistants, Taylor brings an extensive background with him to the position National President. Taylor is confident that our organization has a very bright future ahead of it and looks forward to sharing his passion for FBLA with other people and providing students across the nation with the same opportunities he has been lucky enough to experience.

Taylor has completed his Future, Business and Leader levels of the Business Achievement Awards, and has also competed in Parliamentary Procedures at the national level, as well as Future Business Leader and Emerging Business Issues at SBLC. When Taylor is not busy working on FBLA projects, he enjoys following elections and political debates around the country. After the FBLA work is done and the election results are in, Taylor enjoys serving his local community in any capacity he can and spending time with his family and friends.

After high school, Taylor plans to attend college and major in Political Science and then attend law school. Taylor’s passion for politics comes from a desire to improve the lives of others. This passion is one of the main reasons Taylor was inspired to become a better leader.

Your National President and State Executive Vice President lives by the idea that we only deserve what we work hard enough to get, and after watching the members of Oregon FBLA for the last two years, Taylor is confident that our organization has a very bright future ahead of it. Taylor is honored to serve as your National President and looks forward to expanding his passion for FBLA to other people and providing students across Oregon and the nation with the same opportunities he has been lucky enough to experience.

Kiran Bernard 
Mt Hood Region Vice President

Kiran Bernard is ecstatic to serve on the 2011-2012 Oregon FBLA State Officer Team as the Mt. Hood Region Vice President. Kiran was born in India and was adopted as at the age of one. Since then, Kiran has lived in Portland and doesn’t see himself leaving any time soon. Kiran has been a part of FBLA since his freshman year, and he hopes to better not only his own FBLA experience but the experiences of others.

Kiran is a student at Centennial High School, and with the help of Centennial FBLA has helped his community by helping raise over $10,000 for the March of Dimes, and over $3,000 for the Centennial Educational Foundation. In his first year in FBLA, Kiran placed in both Business Math and Introduction to Technology Concepts at the 2010 Regionals Skills Conference and in Business Math and Word Processing I at the 2011 Regional Skills Conference. Kiran also became a State Champion in Business Presentation in his second year in FBLA at the 2011 State Business Leadership Conference. Over the past two years in FBLA, Kiran has also finished his Future, Business, Leader, and America Business Achievement Awards.

In addition to FBLA, Kiran also participates in track and field in events such as the 100- and 200-meter dash and the long jump. Kiran believes that getting involved in your school and community is the best way to help others and yourself. Kiran is looking forward to having a great year on the 2011-2012 State Officer Team and cannot wait to better Oregon FBLA!

Christy Flores 
Rogue Umpqua Region Vice President

Your 2011-2012 Rogue Umpqua Region Vice President Christy Flores is grateful for the opportunity to serve Oregon FBLA as a member of the State Officer Team this year. Christy is a member of the class of 2012 at Sutherlin High School, and has lived in Sutherlin her entire life. She was inspired to join the Future Business Leaders of America by her older brother, whose success in the organization encouraged her to develop the same skills and achievements he experienced.

Before becoming a member of the State Officer Team, Christy served as the chapter reporter and secretary for her chapter. Outside of FBLA, Christy is actively involved in her community and strives to make her school better by volunteering and helping her peers. She enjoys cross-country, cheerleading, and track, and is also involved in student council and FFA, including being the Vice President of her class during her sophomore year. In her free time, she also enjoys hanging out with friends.

Having so many amazing opportunities has given Christy the preparation for the challenges ahead as a State Officer. She is grateful to receive this chance to work alongside talented individuals who have the same passion for FBLA, and can’t thank enough those who made it possible for her to be where she is today, including her family and her FBLA adviser Jacinda Sullivan.

Lexi Waters 
Willamette Valley Region Vice President

Lexi Waters is incredibly excited to work with the amazing members of Oregon FBLA’s Willamette Valley Region during the 2011-2012 school year! Lexi is lives in Lyons, Oregon with her mom and dad, and is on track to graduate in 2012 from Stayton High School.

Lexi first joined FBLA during her freshmen year when her advisor encouraged her to consider joining. At the end of her sophomore year, she ran for chapter president, but instead ended up serving as her chapter’s secretary, through which she helped with meetings, recruited new members, and took minutes for the meetings. Lexi also had the amazing opportunity to become the student leader of the Community 101 Program run by her FBLA chapter. Throughout her time in FBLA, Lexi has attended many FBLA conferences, including the State Business Leadership Conference three times. Lexi is appreciative of her advisor, Mrs. Kelly Fields, for encouraging her to excel in FBLA.

When Lexi isn’t working on FBLA projects, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Lexi also loves to spend time playing with her dog, going camping and riding quads with friends and family. After graduation, Lexi wants to attend Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

Lexi is thrilled for the year ahead and can’t wait to meet more amazing Oregon FBLA members!

Giselle Naranjo-Cruz
Northwest Territory Region Vice President

Giselle Naranjo-Cruz is thrilled to serve as your Oregon FBLA Northwest Territory Vice President for 2011-2012. As a member of the class of 2013 at Dayton Senior High School, Giselle has been a member of FBLA since her freshman year and has had a great passion for it ever since. During her sophomore year, she focused on getting her FBLA Future Level of the Business Achievement Awards in order to qualify to serve you, the FBLA members, and she is now focused on obtaining the other three levels of the BAAs.

Outside of FBLA, Giselle serves as the treasurer of MEChA, and is extremely involved in her community. Giselle also plays softball for Dayton High and participates in Relay for Life, National Honor Society, and FFA. Giselle's hobbies are reading and playing video games with her three little brothers.

Giselle has grown up with very high expectations for herself, which her family has helped her develop. After high school, Giselle would like to attend Columbia University to double major in engineering and business. She is also interested in going to Harvard to study law and politics. With the support of her whole family, she will be the first to graduate from college.

Giselle particularly likes a quote from Helen Keller regarding the value of teamwork: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Giselle is excited to be working with FBLA to improve the Northwest Territory Region!

Rachael Jones 
Blue Mountain Region Vice President

Your 2011-2012 Blue Mountain Vice President Rachael Jones is eager to work hard toward a phenomenal year! Rachael is a member of the class 2012 at Elgin High School, where she participates in extracurricular activities such as National Honor Society, varsity sports (including volleyball and track), student council, and, of course, FBLA!

Starting FBLA as an 8th grader, Rachael was the first President of the Elgin Middle Level chapter. Throughout her high school career, she has served as the Community Service Representative for her chapter and as Chapter President. During her time in FBLA, she has completed the Future, Business, and Leader levels of the BAA program which has allowed her to become even more involved with her chapter as well as her community. With the help of FBLA, she led the town in a drug-free campaign called “Take a Step. Make a Stand. Elgin is becoming Drug Free!”

Apart from school activities, Rachael enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, reading, taking photos, listening to music, and participating in outdoor activities such as riding horses, camping, rafting, and driving around listening to music with friends.

Rachael would like to thank her family and friends for all of their support, and would also like to give a special thank you to her adviser Peggy Anthony for making her realize that anything is possible. Get ready Oregon FBLA this is going to be a fantastic year!