Yanelly Munoz- President
Yanelly Munoz is currently a senior at San Luis High School and is part of the Co-Op CTE program. Last year, she served as the SkillsUSA Az Region 1 President. This year, now being her second term, she expresses her enthusiasm to keep learning and representing the over 15,000 members and Arizona and shine light not only onto the state, but also her region and school.
As a freshman, Yanelly was enrolled in the CTE class Introduction to Media Technology, in which she not only learned the basics of photography, but also photo-editing skills, among other things. The following year, she remained in that same program, now focused on the creation of the Yearbook for her school but still developing her photography and graphic design skills. It was at the end of this school year that she ran for office, was elected, and began her leadership journey as she trained during the summer in various meetings and conferences. As the Region 1 President, Yanelly directed the Regional Officer team during trainings and the Regional Competitions, while still directing along with the State Officer team the statewide events like Fall Leadership Conference, and her favorite, Leadership Training Camp. Now being her fourth year in SkillsUSA, Yanelly plans to enjoy her second term as an officer to the fullest, seeing that she does not entirely know what the future holds for her, but she remains excited for the upcoming experiences and adventures!
Aside from SkillsUSA, Yanelly has revealed her passion for dance and her involvement with the San Luis High School dance team known as The Snake Charmers. Being part of the team for two consecutive years now, she hopes to continue her dance journey outside of school and remain practicing as she noted that dancing is one of her favorite activities and ways to destress. When it comes to her career and dream occupation, she acknowledges that there are still some decisions to make, but she leans toward Criminology or some Math related field, however, she remains open minded as she states that “You never know when you’ll realize your true passion, but you gotta do what you love, right?”.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs” — Mike Rowe
Favorite Conference: Leadership Training Camp
Goal for the Year: To further build SkillsUSA’s career exploration resources
Johnathon Henry- Vice President
Johnathon Henry is proud to serve as your 2019-2020 Arizona SkillsUSA State Officer! He is extremely excited for the upcoming year as both he and his fellow State Officers have worked tirelessly to ensure all members have the best possible experience during their tenure. John is currently a Senior at two schools: Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale (where he attends his core classes in the morning), and West-MEC Northwest Campus in Surprise where he takes his CTE Class: IT Security.
John’s SkillsUSA journey actually began when he joined IT Security. He was unaware of SkillsUSA’s existence before joining West-MEC! His homeschool, Mountain Ridge, had large CTSO chapters in business and health but no representation for vocations and trades. This was the initial motivation that sparked John’s interest in State Office. He wanted to properly represent SkillsUSA in places where it is normally absent, pushing the CTSO to higher goals of school membership in addition to the vast quantities of members that SkillsUSA possesses. Lastly, John has had a continued passion to represent people of an organization in a positive and professional manner as he has done numerous times before with various others such as a Boy Scouts of America, Freshmen Mentor Club, and even his local church. John is confident in his ability to lead members across Arizona in becoming Career Ready over this next year!
John has held a plethora of jobs and positions ranging from a dishwasher to a summer camp counselor all in his short life span of 17 years. He originally played football from Third to Eighth grade before transitioning in Marching Band his freshman and sophomore years. Although nearly everyone in his family holds a career in health such as a firefighter or a nurse, John is going the opposite direction and is pursuing a career in cybersecurity. More specifically, he wishes to attend a service academy where he can earn a degree then commission as a cyber officer. It’s definitely a big undertaking, but he is confident that no matter what path he takes everything will work out in the long run. When John isn’t busy being your state officer he is earning IT certifications or volunteering for local organizations within his community. He also hopes he can bring new ideas to the table for each event that will increase the employability of every member in a variety of different ways.
Favorite Quote: “Veni Vidi Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered)” -Julius Caeser
Favorite SkillsUSA Event: Fall Leadership Conference
Goal for the Year: To improve public relations and civic/community involvement
Jocelyn Ortega- Treasurer
Jocelyn is a senior at Kofa High School who is involved in both hospitality management and automotive technology. She is a State Officer and is looking forward to meeting new people and learning their interests to make SkillsUSA the best.
She first became interested in SkillsUSA in her 8th grade orientation, where herself and her classmates were shown the CTE programs offered at her school. The one that caught her eye the most was Hospitality Management, as she became entranced by the simple yet beautiful art of napkin folding. Later on, the napkin folding fell to the wayside, and her drive increased due to her interest in helping people. She is now learning Automotive Technology as she furthers her educational career and makes herself career-ready through SkillsUSA.
Jocelyn does a lot of volunteering when school isn’t in session; she even helped in the grand opening of her districts new building, and banquets for fellow clubs. In her free time she enjoys off-roading and traveling. From time to time she will disconnect from technology and enjoy nature and she recommends it to everyone, or to at least try it once.
Favorite Quote: “True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders” -Tom Peters
Favorite Event: Leadership Training Camp
Goal for the Year : To improve the communication between state officers and members
Alexis De La Torre- Parliamentarian
Alexis grew up with open minded parents, which gave him the opportunity to grow in whichever way he wanted. Their trust inspired him to make his parents proud with everything he does. Additionally, having two siblings and always wanting to be better than them as a child helped him become a more productive person. Alexis joined Law & Public Safety class his freshman year to increase his skills in law, little did he know this would change his life forever. This experience opened his eyes to see what he wanted to do in life: become a Criminologist for the FBI.
As time passed by his sophomore year, Alexis discovered an incredible organization ripe with opportunities organization called SkillsUSA. He started attending conferences and observing how other people demonstrate their different skills. In his Junior year, he decided that he wanted to be like them, he wanted to demonstrate what he was capable of. Alexis competed in Crime Scene Investigation at his first Regional Competition. It was a moment of clarity for him, giving him the opportunity to fully open his eyes and fall in love with the career path he wants to follow: Criminology. That same year he decided he wanted to run for Az SkillsUSA State Officer. “I have nothing to lose” he told himself, but as time passed, and as he progressed in SkillsUSA, he began to want it more. At the State Conference, Alexis realized his goals, and was elected as an Arizona SkillsUSA State Officer.
Alexis has danced for many years, and it soon became more than a hobby to him. Having two different passions like Criminology and Dance is what drives him to progress. He hopes to one day attend Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. His goal is to give Middle School students the opportunity to experience what he did, and give them the chance to compete at Regionals Competitions, hopefully finding their own event in SkillsUSA. He believes this is about to be the best year of his life and he can’t wait to see where this experience takes him.
Favorite Quote: “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Favorite Conference: Regional Conferences
Goal for the Year: Increase the opportunities available for Middle Level
Luisa Lopez Aguirre- Secretary
Luisa Lopez is a 17-year-old senior at Kofa High School who first joined SkillsUSA through her culinary program. She quickly got intrigued by other students who worked in a professional manner, while still having fun, and decided to get more involved in this CTSO. Luisa is beyond excited to work this year with her fellow SkillsUSA state officers and knows they will achieve great things together.
Luisa started her journey with the first event she ever attended, LTC. In this camp, she was invited to clean tables, set up, and serve food for the SkillsUSA ambassadors during their training. Going in and out of that kitchen, at LTC, clarified her vision for how she wants her future to be. As the year went on, she started getting more involved and thought of ways she could give back. Thanks to her outstanding and supporting advisor, Luisa ran for office.
Outside of SkillsUSA, Luisa is involved in various clubs and programs at her school. She has had the chance to experience other CTSOs, and expand her knowledge throughout her high school years. Her goal is to keep combining her classes and SkillsUSA in order to be career ready as soon as she graduates. “As crazy as it may sound, my dream has always been to study abroad in Paris, and SkillsUSA has taught me to not give up even though it may seem impossible.”
Favorite Quote: “I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” -Michael Scott.
Favorite Event: Leadership Training Camp
Goal for the Year: Make as much of a possible impact as she can
while always keeping a positive attitude.
Jasmine Perez- Region 1 President
Jasmine Perez will be serving the 2019-2020 Arizona state officer team for the remainder of her senior year and will be attending Yuma High School as a Business Co-Op student. Among the state officer team, she will be holding the title as Region 1 President. She is beyond grateful for being given this opportunity to represent Arizona SkillsUSA, and plans on making asignificant impact on its members.
Jasmine’s SkillsUSA journey has shaped her into who she is today. It started Sophomore year as a CTE ambassador where she was firstly enlightened about the opportunities that SkillsUSA provided. Jasmine then went on to Junior year, her eyes opened and she grew upon her leadership skills; leadership skills that had been improved by the teachings of SkillsUSA, as a CTE Leader she realized what she was capable of. Now, Jasmine goes on to Senior year as an AZ SkillsUSA State Officer and the world is at her feet.
Outside of SkillsUSA, Jasmine is an excellent student and participates in many other. activities/clubs. She serves Student Council as a class officer and will be recognized as the class treasurer. Jasmine is also involved with JSAZ and is a fundraising agent for the state.
When she has free time, she loves reading and writing poetry, as well as attending community events. This last year of high school will be spent searching down career pathways, in specific, the law field. Jasmine has always been intrigued by law and public safety, and hopes to pursue a career in such field.
Favorite Quote:”We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” -Maya Angelou
Favorite Event: Leadership Training Camp
Goal for the Year:Increase the publicity of SkillsUSA opportunities
Jacqueline Sanchez- Region 2 President
Jacqueline Sanchez is a senior attending Metro Tech High School, who’s currently taking Computer Maintenance & Cyber Security. Some people may know her as Jacky for short or Wonder Woman due to her nuss bar surgery. As a state officer, she is excited about how many students around Arizona she can motivate to join SkillsUSA and be a part of this organization to make a difference for everyone.
She first heard about the organization during her junior year when she was sitting in her CTE class & former Region 2 President Martha Villegas gave a presentation about SkillsUSA. She then ran for class officers for the role of security and ended up getting that role. Later on, she ran for regional office and ended up getting a role as reporter. This will be her second year being a part of this organization, but her first year as a state officer for SkillsUSA.
On her free time Jacqueline loves to write poetry, watch anime & read novels. In the future, Jacqueline wants to become a cardiologist surgeon to help kids with the same health issue she has which is Pectus Excavatum.
Favorite Quote: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world” -Robin Williams
Favorite Event: Leadership Training Camp
Goal for the Year: To increase collaboration and connection in SkillsUSA
Andrea Soliz- Region 5 President
Andrea currently attends Dysart High School as a Junior. Her CTE programs include photo and coding with West-MEC. She is ecstatic to uphold the ideals of SkillsUSA in her position as Region 5 president.
Through her double CTE course load, she naturally decided to join SkillsUSA. After attending her first Fall Leadership Conference, she decided that she wanted to be involved with the organization in any way she could. At the state competition, she was able to gain a new position and create closer relationships with her own chapter and other state officers. SkillsUSA has offered her so many different experiences and opportunities that continue to motivate her to be prepared for her future.
Outside of SkillsUSA, she has a passion for all things art and music and can play five different instruments. Her favorite activities include softball, photography, and going to concerts. She would like to major in software engineering or cyber-security and travel the world involving herself within foreign cyber-security affairs.
Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”-Bernard M. Baruch
Favorite Event: State Championships
Goal for the Year: Inspire SkillsUSA members to strive to reach their full potential
Melissa Moreno-National Officer At Large
About four years ago, Melissa embarked onto a journey to pick out classes for her Freshman year of high school. Her aunt was an advisor at the school and she suggested Melissa take Photography, wanting her to enroll in an organization she really liked. Upon entering the classroom, Melissa realized this course was significantly different from others, with its industry equipment, professional environment, and encouraging teacher making it a standout period of the day.
Throughout the school year, she took many opportunities to attend SkillsUSA events, and while she recognized that these trainings were definitely significant, the probability of becoming a State Officer was daunting. After taking a big leap out of her comfort zone and running for State Office, Melissa learned, not only to love SkillsUSA, but to believe in it.
With this year being her third year working with a State Officer team, her admiration for the members that make this organization so valuable, only continues to grow. She finds that the members are so admirable, not because of the skills they learn, but rather because of their passions to follow these unconventional career pathways that SkillsUSA is reviving. This is the main reason why she’s in SkillsUSA, because she believe in our members and most importantly, because she wants to be part of our members’ vision of preparing students for leadership in the world of work.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.”-Mike Rowe
Favorite Conference: Fall Leadership Conference
Goal for the Year: Progress Skills USA’s mission to make its members career-ready
Miguel Nunez- National Region 5 Vice President
Miguel Nunez is a senior at San Luis High School who first joined SkillsUSA due to a coincidence! He originally aimed to be in an art class, yet seeing the class filled up, he was relocated into a digital photography class where he learned and developed his passion for SkillsUSA! After seeing the atmosphere of the class, he quickly felt in place, and was encouraged to use his voice for his passion of art! Miguel’s greatest excitement for the year is creating those essential connections with the members of Arizona! He believes your network is your net worth!
Miguel’s story started off as a freshman who was invited to his first conference: FLC. At the conference he met various different characters with unique experiences! Seeing the mass diversity, Mikey immediately fell in love and welcomed to be his very own, unique self! He later ran and became a CTE ambassador for his school and learned a vast amount of knowledge and attended SkillsUSA’s WLTI. With all the training he gathered, he decided to run for State office as a sophomore and won the position of State secretary. Now as a senior he plans to continue to continue advance his involvement with SkillsUSA!
Outside of SkillsUSA, Miguel is very involved with extracurriculars activities, and different forms of community service! A few clubs Miguel participates in are: National Honor Society, Yearbook, HOSA, Honors Club, Science research club, RYYOT and volunteers at his communities fire station. Miguel is very passionate about health, and medical science, as such, he works with his coalition of RYYOT(Riding Yuma Youth of tobacco) to pass an ordinance to raise the legal sales age of tobacco from 18 to 21. Miguel plans to continue his studies in the medical field to become a doctor and dreams to help underdeveloped countries create and implement modern medicine to their society to bring about community health!
Favorite Quote: “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” — John Maxwell
Favorite Conference: Washington Leadership Training Institute
Goal for the Year: Increase the inclusivity of SkillsUSA
Being a State Officer
SkillsUSA Arizona State Officers are the student leadership of the organization. Candidates must be approved by the Board of Directors and elected by their peers. Their responsibilities include:
- Intense personal and professional development
- Representing SkillsUSA Arizona at public events
- Membership recruitment
- Conducting sessions at Fall Leadership events
Serving as a State Officer is a fun, educational, and challenging leadership experience for motivated students. To learn more, call our office or speak to your advisor. State officers are elected at the SkillsUSA Arizona Championships and serve the following school year.
Become a State Officer
State Officer Application - Due February 15
Submit all applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org