Elizabeth A. Zambrano, MBA, GCDF
Beth Zambrano grew up in rural Indiana. As the grandchild of farmers, she played with lambs, bottle fed calves and gathered eggs from the henhouse. She rescued bugs before her mother could kill them and pestered her family to “save” any injured animal that crossed her path. This is where she developed her deep and unabashed love of domestic and wild animals. At present she shares her home with her teenage daughter, her husband, Sugar (a rescued 27 year old Double Yellow Headed Amazon), Pepper (a 8 year-old Dalmatian/Rottweiler) and Daisey, the baby of the family – an eight month old American Bulldog.
Beth began her college education at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland as a non-traditional 23 year-old student. Three years later she earned an AA degree while working full time. After a hiatus she earned a BBA from University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas and 18 months later earned her MBA with a focus in management, also from UTPA.
As a stereotypical “Type A” Beth has pursued a variety of paths simultaneously. Early experience includes working in retail, in hotels, country clubs and resorts. She’s worked as a technology buyer for a state agency with a multi-million dollar budget. She owned 25% of an erosion control company. She piloted a Department of Labor demonstration-grant funded training initiative for recently graduated RNs and other health care workers. One of her favorite projects was a stint as a director of a land trust and later she served on that non-profit’s board of directors. In that position she focused on her secondary passion; wildlife and the great outdoors. Her first passion is helping people maximize their potential. In 2008 she pursued certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator and founded IMPACT Career Coaching to serve private clients with career and life coaching. Her husband is an owner/operator of a Sonic Drive-in so she can occasionally be found working drive-thru asking, “Would you like fries, tots or onion rings?”.
HL 331 / 631 – Human Resource and Volunteer Management
Areas of Interest/Research
Non-profit management consulting
Training and development
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