Bellevue DECA Coaches

Kyle Barber DECA Coach

Kyle Barber

Kyle had no idea what DECA was when he formed the team six years ago, but recognized 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 being on a nationally ranked team.

Kyle is the program chair of both the marketing and data analytics departments. He spent most of career in New York City, working 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 besting Keith and Olivia at board games.

DECA Events Coached

  • Advertising
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Promotion
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Business Research
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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

  • B2B Marketing
  • Sales Management
  • Sales
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Please request coaching sessions using Marijke's email. For the subject line, use "DECA Coaching Session Request."

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.

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
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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

  • Advertising
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • Marketing Management
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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 like to cook.

DECA Events Coached

  • Advertising
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Communications
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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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