The Texas Leadership Team includes Regional Presidents and our State Officer Team. Regional Presidents are elected at the Regional Leadership Conferences held in January. The State Officer Team is elected during the State Leadership Conference.
Texas State Leadership Team
Meet Sarah LaGrange, our State President! Her favorite part about BPA has been the friends she’s been able to make and how much she’s been able to learn not only about business and finance but about herself. Outside of BPA, she loves Tennis, Baking, Crocheting and reading. While in BPA, Sarah has accomplished being a chapter president and then state officer. She has competed in Personal Financial Management and has even qualified for nationals in Financial Analyst Team! Besides BPA, Sarah is also a part of UIL, debate, theatre, FCCLA, and varsity tennis. Additionally, Sarah has started a racquet donation program called “Serving Up Love”, volunteers at church planning food drives and community events, and is a youth coordinator for South Texas Community Tennis Association. She loves pop music, specifically Taylor Swift and one of her favorite movies is Legally Blonde. Please help us give a warm welcome to Sarah!
Meet Pablo Alvarez, our State Vice President! He joined BPA because of its friendly atmosphere and has loved meeting amazing people during his time in this organization. He loved competing in BPA events and traveling to SLC so much so that he ran to be our vice president. Besides BPA, he loves basketball, football, and going on road trips across the country. He is also a part of National Honors Society, UIL, athletics, and American Legion Texas Boys State. Pablo loves giving back to his community through school volunteering events and his church activities. His favorite music genres are hip hop and R&B and his favorite movie is The Giver. Let's give a warm welcome to Pablo!
Meet Suhana Challa, our State Secretary! BPA has allowed her to form lifelong friendships and meet amazing people from not only all over Texas but the entire United States. She also appreciates how BPA always challenges her to grow both as a leader and competitor and pushes her to step out of her comfort zone. Suhana currently serves as her local chapter’s president and has competed in various events like Legal Office Procedures and Economic Research Team. Other than BPA, she loves to read, collect crystals, and watch films and tv shows. In addition to BPA, she is a part of NHS, DECA, Operation Smile, and Girl-Up. Suhana is also very involved in youth advocacy groups such as Operation Period, Youth Against Sexual Violence, and March for Our Lives. She absolutely loves Taylor Swift and her favorite movie is Interstellar. Please help us give a warm welcome to Suhana!
Meet Victoria Otero, our state historian! Victoria loves that BPA has given her the ability to experience different fields within business as well as meet students from all over the country who are passionate about this organization as well. While in BPA she has qualified for state each year in a variety of events such as website design and health administration. In her free time Victoria often cooks, bakes, and writes opinion pieces for competitions. Other than BPA, Victoria is a part of political organizations, has started an online magazine at her school, and is a part of the RGV’s Mock Trial. To give back to her community, Victoria often volunteers with political campaigns throughout the year and is currently volunteering for the Hidalgo County office. She is also an ambassador in her high school and helps plan and volunteer at events throughout the school year. Her favorite music genre is indie pop and her favorite movie is Mamma Mia. Please give a warm welcome to Victoria!
Meet Kristina Pan, our State Reporter! Kristina has loved the opportunities that were presented to her through BPA. It allowed her to experience the business world along with other careers. She also loves that BPA has given her the ability to meet and truly connect with so many new people. Some of her favorite hobbies are running, playing piano, drawing, and reading. While in BPA she was a state finalist and national alternate in the 2021-22 school year for her Economic Research event. She also got to the state level for her Broadcast News Production Team event. Additionally, she is her chapter’s president and is now the Reporter for BPA Texas Association. Outside of BPA, she is a part of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, V-girls, and Art Club. Kristina has volunteered at food banks on multiple occasions, donated to homeless shelters, and helped raise money for the Salvation Army. Her favorite movie is The Notebook. Please help us give a warm welcome to Kristina!
Meet Kunal Tiwari, our State Parliamentarian! He loves how collaborative and friendly everyone is in BPA and how everyone is willing to help others out so everyone can have the best experience possible. He also enjoys going to BPA competitions and meeting new friends. Some hobbies he has is playing video games and riding his bike. He also likes to make his own video games and show them to friends. Right now, Kunal is currently conducting research at the University of Texas at Dallas in their Multimodal Interaction Lab where he is working to help develop an In-air keyboard to be used in VR environments. Along with this, he is a part of his school's debate team where he regularly competes in local tournaments. Kunal loves giving back to his community and has even started a non-profit called STEMPals in addition to his volunteer work at the North Texas Food Bank. His favorite music genre is rap music. Let's give a warm welcome to Kunal!
Meet Jose Garza, our State Sergeant at Arms! His favorite part about BPA is the welcoming atmosphere at meetings and the wonderful people he’s been able to meet. He decided to run for state office because he loved competing and helping others in their events. Outside of BPA, Jose loves to play tennis, hang out with friends, be with his family, play video games, and cook/bake. He is also a part of his school’s tennis and golf teams. Jose loves to volunteer at his local food shelter and do what he can to help feed the homeless in his town. His favorite music genre is rap and his favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Please help us give a warm welcome to Jose!
Area 1, Region 1 President
Meet Rohan Bindlish, your Area 1 Region 1 President! He loves that BPA allows students to explore their passion for business at a young age and that it provides information about whatever they are passionate about at their fingertips. He loves competing and was a state qualifier in the Economic Research Team. Besides BPA, Rohan loves to play tennis, debate, and watch football. He is also a part of chess and DECA at his high school. One of his passions is tutoring and does so for several subjects through various platforms. He is a lover of rap and hip hop music and his favorite song is Count on Me by Bruno Mars. His favorite movie is Ratatouille. Please help us give a warm welcome to Rohan!
Area 1, Region 2 President
Meet London Green, your Area 2 Region 2 President! She loves that BPA gives her the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things when preparing for competitions. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking, crocheting, thrifting, and reading. Outside of BPA, she is a part of her school’s Student Leadership Team and Academic Decathlon Team. She loves any song from the Hamilton soundtrack and her favorite movie is Shrek 2. Let's give a warm welcome to London!
Area 1, Region 3 President
Meet Aditya Satrasala, your Area 1 Region 3 President! He loves BPA because it allows students to explore careers they're interested in and its leadership structure enables students to take charge, teaching them how to lead. Besides competing in BPA, Aditya loves to travel and learn about computers and cars. He loves to volunteer at his local food bank by helping pack and distribute food to people in unfortunate situations. His favorite genre of music is rap and Indian music and his favorite movie is cars. Please help us give a warm welcome to Aditya!
Area 2, Region 1
Meet Rhalista Duke, your Area 2 Region 1 President! Her favorite part about BPA is that it gives high schoolers the opportunity to meet others from all parts of Texas and the US. She loves to hunt and fish in her free time and even takes part in fishing competitions! BPA has allowed her to come out of her comfort zone and she is very grateful for that. Besides BPA, Rhalista is a part of FCCLA and UIL. She loves to help at her church’s monthly food pantry and also helps teach a first-grade CCD class on Sundays. Rhalista’s favorite music genre is country and her favorite movie is Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Let's give a warm welcome to Rhalista!
Area 2, Region 2
Meet Alexis Ramos, your Area 2 Region 2 President! She loves that BPA gives students opportunities to explore careers and skill sets that they might not have access to in school. It provided a space for her to thrive, be comfortable, and grow as a person. Alexis has competed at BPA state for 3 consecutive years, made connections with amazing people, and grew confidence in herself by pushing out of her comfort zone. Some of her hobbies include reading, watching movies, painting, and hanging out with her dog. Outside of BPA, she is a part of her school’s Student Council, Class Office, and National Honors Society. She loves helping out her community by helping with plate sales at church, donating and volunteering at her local food bank, and more. Her favorite music genre is Country and her favorite movie is Fast and Furious. Please help us give a warm welcome to Alexis!
Area 2, Region 3
Meet Frances Pepito, your Area 2 Region 3 President! She loves that BPA provides students with a lot of opportunities, ones that not only develop their leadership skills, but their character as well. Besides BPA, Frances loves to play music, sketch, sing, and read! She has ranked twice nationally for the team event Parliamentary Procedures, and through her local BPA chapter, she is able to often help her community. In addition to this, Frances always serves the morning mass service at the local church and helps pack barbeque plates where the proceeds are donated to homeless shelters. Besides BPA, she is a part of Orchestra and Choir. Her favorite music genres are R&B and Pop. Let’s give a warm welcome to Frances!
Area 2, Region 4
Meet Estefania Rico, your Area 2 Region 4 President! She loves the opportunities that BPA offers and the long-lasting friendships that she has created through it! In her free time, Estefania loves to swim and run as well as spend time with her friends and family members. Through BPA she has been able to discover her true potential and what it takes to be a role model in an organization. Outside of BPA, Estefania is a part of her Student Council, HOSA, NHS, Chess Club, and LEO Club. She loves taking part in the centennial celebration in her district as well as helping at food drives. Her favorite song is Can I Call You Tonight by Dayglow and her favorite movie is Miracle in Cell No. 7. Please give a warm welcome to Estefania!
Area 3, Region 1
Meet Niklaus Dawson, your Area 3 Region 1 President! He loves that BPA has given him the opportunity to meet new people and has allowed him to not only teach, but learn from others. It has also given him the chance to share business ideas and learn how to run businesses. Some of his hobbies are hunting, spending time with his family, and reading the bible. Besides BPA, he is part of track at his school and to give back to his community he works at a funeral home. His favorite music genre is Gospel music and his favorite movie is The Great Gatsby. Please give a warm welcome to Niklaus!
Area 3, Region 2
Meet Amy Chae, your Area 3 Region 2 President! She loves that BPA allows her to travel and meet people with similar interests. Some of her hobbies include crocheting, sewing, and traveling. Amy loves competing in BPA’s Health Administration and Small Business Management Team competitions. Besides BPA, she is a part of her school’s Student council, JSA, student athletic trainer program, HOSA, LEO, and theater. Her passion for community service is shown through her volunteer work at St. Joseph (stroke unit) and her work with her local youth theater program. Her favorite song is “All You Wanna Do” (Six the Musical) and her favorite movie is Mean Girls. Let's give a warm welcome to Amy!
Area 3, Region 3
Meet Elysa Osuna, your Area 3 Region 3 President! She loves the life skills BPA gave her as well as the community and friendships it gives all of its members. In her free time, Elysa loves to travel and try new things. She started off as a historian of the chapter at her school and is now a regional president. She was a state qualifier in interview skills and presentation management. Outside of BPA, Elysa takes part in SkillsUSA, HOSA, and Art club. She loves to give back to her community by serving at a local animal shelter almost every other weekend and helping at her church anytime she gets. One of her favorite music genres is Indie/ folk and her favorite movie is How to Lose a Guy in 10 days. Let's give a warm welcome to Elysa!
Area 4, Region 1
Meet Ashley Bass, your Area 4 Region 1 President! She is very appreciative of all the friendships she has been able to make through BPA and all the opportunities it has given her. Some of her hobbies are reading, hanging out with friends and family, and playing basketball. Other than competing in BPA, Ashley competes in NHS, STUCO, and Basketball. She helps her community by volunteering for her local CCS by packing food bags for less fortunate families in her area. Her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Please give a warm welcome to Ashley!
Area 4, Region 2
Meet Jaiden Barrera, your Area 4 Region 2 President! She loves that BPA allows her to improve on skills that not only would benefit her in high school but also in her future. In her free time, she likes to play sports and travel. BPA has made her grow not only in independent aspects but also with her BPA team. This organization has pushed her to be a more mature, responsible, and engaging person. Besides BPA, Jaiden power lifts, cheers, and plays volleyball. She is also involved in skills USA, TXPSTX, and Student Council. She loves volunteering at her local movie theater and during the school year she mentors 3rd-5th graders throughout the school year on subjects they are struggling on. Her favorite movie is Mean Girls. Please give a warm welcome to Jaiden!
Area 4, Region 3
Meet Andrea Moreno, your Area 4 Region 3 President! She loves the opportunities that BPA provides for members to reach their full potential and the bonds and friendships she has created through BPA. BPA has allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and run for a regional position. She has also been able to find her future career path through BPA. Other than BPA, Andrea is a part of Student Council, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Class Office, Art Club, Key Club, and Destination Imagination. She often volunteers at her local food shelter El Pasoans Fighting Hunger and during tax season she volunteers to do people’s taxes. Her favorite song is I Can't Handle Change by Roar and her favorite movie is Lady Bird. Please give a warm welcome to Andrea!
Area 5, Region 1
Meet Nataly Almazan, your Area 5 Region 1 President! Nataly loves the opportunities BPA has given her, not just on her education side but also in allowing her to obtain lifelong friendships! Some of her hobbies include basketball, soccer, photography, fishing, camping, and spending time with my family and friends. In BPA she has accomplished a goal of making it to the finals at state in her individual event and she has also improved her leadership skills. Other than BPA, Nataly is a part of PALS, FFA, Student Council, and UIL. To give back to her community, she is a church teacher for the 3rd graders at her catholic church she does rounds at the Texas Children's hospital to help out. She enjoys listening to Country and Latin music. Let's give a warm welcome to Nataly!
Area 5, Region 2
Meet Journet Baines, your Area 5 Region 2 President! She loves getting to meet new people at BPA conferences and getting the chance to experience new things. In her free time she likes to sing, bake, swim, shop, and do different arts and crafts. In BPA, she has advanced to state three years in a row, has gotten the chance to represent her area and region, and developed her public speaking skills. Outside of BPA, she is a part of her school’s varsity choir. Journet also volunteers every week with her church's Pre-K classes and has worked with local food banks during the summer. Her favorite movies would be Lilo and Stitch, Rocketman, and The Grinch. Please give a warm welcome to Journet!
Area 5, Region 3
Meet Christy Rossel, your Area 5 Region 3 President! BPA has given her the opportunity to get out of her comfort zone to do things she wouldn't normally do. In her free time, Christy loves playing sports, listening to music, and walking around downtown Houston. In BPA, she has accomplished advancing to SLC in her competition, being her chapter's president, and making so many new friends. In addition to BPA, she is a part of her school's Archery Team, Flag Football team, and JROTC PT team. She gives back to her community through tutoring, writing letters for women with cancer, and fundraising for Dots For Dollars. Her favorite music genres are Pop and Latin music. Please give a warm welcome to Christy!
Area 5, Region 4
Meet Gabrielle Maximus, your Area 5 Region 4 President! She loves that BPA has given her the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills for the future. She is a big fan of DIY projects and the outdoors! She has loved competing in BPA the past year and has even made it to state. Other than BPA, she is a part of boy scouts and often volunteers at NASA Johnson space center. Her favorite genre of music is 2010 pop and her favorite movie is Olympus Has Fallen. Let's give a warm welcome to Gabrielle!