California DECA is heartbroken to share the passing of a beloved champion of our Association, our advisors, and most of all, our members, Executive Director Emeritus, Pam McKenney. Second only to her love for her husband Mac, daughters, Brandy and Stacey, and grandchildren, was her love and support for California DECA. Pam served our Association for over 30-years as a chapter advisor, teacher educator, and executive director. Few others have made such a broad and lasting impact on the mission and purpose of our organization. Her passion for student success, commitment to advisor development, and dedicated leadership to California and International DECA will be sadly missed. In honor of Pam, the family asks, in lieu of flowers, that you remember a time that you shared a laugh, a glass of wine and/or an amazing travel experience with Pam. They also would deeply appreciate your help in preserving her legacy through a donation to California DECA. Your donation will support future generations of students, who she cared so deeply about.
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