James Gallagher

Pam Zanzucchi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, from Arizona State University, Honors College, and earned a certificate in accountancy where she held an office in the Beta Alpha Psi chapter and was a graduate case participant for tax reform. Pam earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy from the University of Phoenix and is currently enrolled in a PhD financial and risk management program.

Pam's teaching experience includes both ground and online courses in accounting and finance. Her experience provides a broad overall business acumen and understanding of good ethics and decision making.
Pam has several years of experience in accounting, finance, and risk management; notably with a national bank that grew to approximately $6 billion in assets. She also worked in the bank's corporate offices with the Corporate Treasurer, served as an executive recruiter for accounting and finance professionals, and fulfilled accounting and legal research project contracts. Most recently, Pam was in operations management; prior to Pam's accounting career, she worked in the legal field as a litigation paralegal for plaintiff and defense firms.

With Pam's well-rounded experience, she is an active participant in organizational leadership and contributes her skills to a variety of organizations. She is currently the president of her local Regional Council of the Institute of Management Accountants chapter, a governor of the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society, and sits on the IMA global committee on ethics; she is a member of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI), and has been active in the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Pam served as president for the AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter-IMA and has participated as a board member for the local chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). In 2009 she championed a new neighborhood NAWBO.

When Pam is not busy with her career-related activities, she enjoys reading - even accounting literature, horseback riding, hiking, and learning new things, and helping others learn. She also enjoys time with family and friends.

How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

Facilitating online courses provides me with an avenue to help others learn, and I continue to learn something from every student along the way.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

I encourage students to ask questions early in the week and to use all the learning tools available to them.

What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

I helped a student successfully complete an accounting course who then passed the CPA exam and found work in accounting.