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Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business

About Us

Our Mission

To fulfill this mission, the School:
  • delivers a curriculum that stimulates creativity; reflects La Sierra's Seventh-day Adventist Christian mission; and encourages moral responsibility, spiritual growth, collaboration, and economic and social entrepreneurship;
  • challenges students to redefine business and raise global living standards by building innovative products, markets, and organizations;
  • supports a co-curricular program that offers students distinctive opportunities to grow as leaders, develop business skills, and engage in global service; and
  • encourages faculty members and students to engage in wide-ranging, creative, intellectual inquiry validated through professional practice and publication in scholarly books and journals.

Our Students

Our students come from all over the world to learn how to create value and make a difference in the world around them. A La Sierra University education means that our students not only gain knowledge, skill, and ability highly relevant to the real world today, but apply them in purposeful ways. Students do so through the following:
  • Service-Learning - This teaching strategy integrates classroom experience with community engagement, providing students with an opportunity to put their newfound knowledge, skills, and abilities into purposeful practice.

  • Enactus (SIFE) - This student-led organization develops creative, high-impact projects in the local and global community to produce sustainable, positive change. And with six National Championship and two SIFE World Cup wins, La Sierra Enactus stands as a defining example of a La Sierra University education.

  • Business Club - In the Zapara School of Business, we are all family, and this sense of community is much due to the work of the Business Club. The club is responsible for a number of events and activities throughout the year, working towards making our students not only the smartest students on campus, but also the happiest and best-fed.

  • Job and Internship Opportunities - Click for the latest job and internship posts.

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Our La Sierra University SHRM Chapter is actively engaged with Inland Empire SHRM. With frequent meetings, seminars, and other opportunities, this is a wonderful resource to all of our business students and a must for our HR students.

Our Dean

Business education at La Sierra University has entered a new era. We are transforming and revitalizing teaching, scholarship, and service in the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business. Our goal: to help students to create value so they can make a difference.

Our program gives students the skills they need to create value in the new millennium by building on our strengths in the core areas of business. We offer an MBA with majors in accounting, finance, general management, human resource management, and marketing. Our MBA curriculum is the only one in the world that requires core coursework in business ethics, social entrepreneurship, and workplace spirituality. We also offer a BS with majors in accounting, finance, political economy, business and society, and marketing and a BA in management. A customized major program lets a student design a tailor-made curriculum building on our offerings and, where appropriate, those of other schools on campus.

Our Executive Education program offers the La Sierra MBA to students throughout the region—either at or near their workplaces. And it also delivers the Integrated MBA program, which allows a student with only an associate degree or the equivalent to earn a BA and an MBA in only four years.

The School of Business is home to a newly opened Center for Philanthropy, the only one of its kind in the Inland Empire. The Center, headed by nationally recognized philanthropic fundraiser James L. Erickson, is already equipping area non-profits to respond effectively to economic challenges by building lasting relationships with supporters.

We are proud of a student-friendly culture marked by responsiveness and flexibility: faculty members, administrators, and staff members try to meet student needs quickly, fairly, and sensitively. The School of Business faculty is made up of capable professionals, frequently with significant outside-the-classroom experience as consultants, researchers, or both. And the entire School of Business team is committed to providing students with educational experiences that challenge them to make a tangible difference in the world, that stimulate their minds and hearts, enlarge their imaginations, and help them to build lasting friendships. By organizing social entrepreneurial ventures, helping people in need, and conducting community education programs, our students can develop empathy and deepen their understanding of the real-world significance of their studies. We promise our students an extraordinary preparation for responsible servant- leadership in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

The Zapara School of Business is home to La Sierra University’s award-winning Enactus (formerly SIFE) team. La Sierra’s Enactus students have won an unprecedented two World Cup and four international championships in Enactus' demanding annual competition, in which team performance is judged by top executives from major national and global corporations.

To house our growing programs, the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business entered the 2013 academic year in its new home at the front of the La Sierra University campus. With room for 750 full-time students and thirty faculty members, as well as a 400-seat conference center that to serve the entire Inland region, the new building is a showcase of our exciting vision and provide a stimulating environment in which teaching and scholarship can take place.

Expressing our commitment to service by emphasizing social entrepreneurship, workplace spirituality, and ethics, we can make a real difference in the world. We hope you'll join us.

Dr. John Thomas, Dean

Our Team

La Sierra University School of Business Students come from all over the world to learn how to create value and make a difference. For our students, we form a team of faculty not only academically qualified to teach, but also actively engaged as practitioners in their respective fields. And our professors are joined by our highly qualified and committed Dean and support staff to create a purposeful experience both in and out of the classroom. Scroll down to learn more about our team of faculty and staff.


David Albrecht
Professor of Accounting
Email: albrecht@profalbrecht.com
Office Phone: 951-785-2061
Cell Phone: 419-575-4513
Office Location: ZSB #204

Degrees Earned:
MA, Accounting - University of Iowa
Ph.D., Accounting - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Fall Quarter Courses:
Intermediate Accounting I: T R 3:00-5:00 ZSB #235
Advanced Cost Accounting: R 6:00-10:00 ZSB #112

Fall Quarter Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00 P.M.

Scholarly Interests
Research in financial reporting theory, auditing theory, audit firm marketing, and professional use of social media

S. Eric Anderson
Professor of Management

MBA, Loma Linda University
Ph.D. University of North Texas

Management, Strategy, Global Development

Email: eanderso@lasierra.edu

Gary Chartier
Associate Dean

Professor of Law and Business Ethics

J.D. University of California at Los Angeles 2001
Ph.D. University of Cambridge 1991

Law and legal theory, political theory, ethics

With the School of Business since 1999.

Phone: (951)-785-2181
Email: click to e-mail Gary Chartier with your default e-mail client.

Additional: click here to view/download Gary Chartier's Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Fred Clarke
Assistant Professor of Economics

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, 2010

Political Science, Economics, Game Theory

Email: fclarke@lasierra.edu

Jere Fox
Associate Professor of Law and Management

MA La Sierra University 2007

JD Pepperdine University School of Law 1977

Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, Business Law

Constitutional Law and the Church

Email: jfox@lasierra.edu

Click here to download a full CV on Jere Fox.

Keith Howson
Professor of Accounting

MBA Andrews University

Mcom University of the Witwatersrand

Ph.D. University of Newcastle

Accounting, Leadership, Higher Education

Email: groverkh@gmail.com

George O. Ogum
Associate Professor of Finance

D.B.A. University of Memphis, 1990

International finance, financial management, banking, emerging capital markets finance, corporate finance, financial econometrics

Phone: (951)-785-2314
Email: gogum@lasierra.edu

Dulce L. Peña
Professor of Management

J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law

M.A. Loma Linda University

M.A.O.D Fielding University

Human resource management, leadership development, workplace conflict

Email: dpena@lasierra.edu

Lee Reynolds
Coordinator; Professor of Finance and Economics

Ph.D. University of Nebraska 1979

Financial management, investment analysis, value-based management

Phone: (951)-785-2501
Email: lreynold@lasierra.edu

Elias G. Rizkallah
Coordinator; Professor of Management and Marketing

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1982

International marketing, strategic marketing planning, marketing management, consumer behavior. (Download a list of Dr. Rizkallah's publications)

Phone: (951)-785-2474
Email: erizkall@lasierra.edu

John Thomas

Basshir Hasso Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, 2010

Behavioral finance, political economy, development studies, social entrepreneurship

Phone: (951)-785-2064
Email: jthomas@lasierra.edu

Kristine Webster
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance

C.P.A. 1992

M.B.A. Loma Linda University, 1991

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), 2013

Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr. FA), 2013

Resident Insurance Producer: Accident & Health, Casualty Broker-Agent, Property Broker Agent, 2004

Department of Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, 2004

Financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, government and nonprofit accounting, entrepreneurial finance.

Phone: (951)-785-2405
Email: kwebster@lasierra.edu

Danette Zurek
Assistant Professor of Accounting

M.B.A. Andrews University, 1998

C.P.A. 1992

Auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, government and nonprofit accounting

Phone: (951)-785-2181
Email: dzurek@lasierra.edu


Cheryl Bauman
Coordinator of Student Services

Phone: (951)-785-2464
Email: cbauman@lasierra.edu

Ed Brugman
Coordinator of Technology and Online Education; Executive Education

Phone: (951)-785-2502
Email: ebrugman@lasierra.edu

Jodi Cahill
Community & Int'l Relations
Executive Education
Email: jcahill@lasierra.edu
Office Phone: 951-785-2503
Office Location:

Degrees Earned:
La Sierra University
Western State Law School

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Vernell Kaufholtz
Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Phone: (951)-785-2064
Email: vkaufhol@lasierra.edu

Heather Miller
M.B.A. Advising; Executive Education

Phone: (951)-785-2225
Email: hmiller@lasierra.edu

John Razzouk
Program Management
Web and Social Media Development
Enactus (SIFE) Sam Walton Fellow

Phone: (951)-318-2894
Email: jrazzouk@lasierra.edu

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Collaborating Faculty

Karl Kime. Lecturer in Law and Ethics
J.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1989
M.A. Claremont Graduate School 1986
Alternative dispute resolution, law, ethics

Craig Kinzer. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ph.D. University of California at Riverside 2007
M.A. La Sierra University 1994
Business communication, management strategy, management and literature, medieval English

Robert Krone. Distinguished Visiting Professor of Strategic Management
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1972
Strategic planning, electronic distance learning, systems analysis, policy formulation, organization theory

Thomas Macomber. Lecturer in Management and Law
J.D. Williamette University 1980
Music management, Business law

Lari Mobley. Lecturer in Management
Ph.D. student, Claremont Graduate University
M.B.A. Biola University 2005
M.A. Loma Linda University 1987
Brand diversification in mergers and acquisitions, branding strategies for new product launces, literary themes in contemporary advertising

Prudence E. LaBeach Pollard. Professor of Management
P.H.R. 1997
Ph.D. Western Michigan University 1993
Human resource management, leadership, institutional, assessment and strategic planning

Nabil Y. Razzouk. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Arizona State University 1980
Marketing and business education, marketing ethics, comparative and international marketing

Constance Rossum. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University 1998
Strategic marketing

Victoria A. Seitz. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 1987
Apparel merchandising, consumer behavior, advertising strategy

Juanita J. Singh. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ed.D. Loma Linda University 1992
Writing skill development, intercultural business communication

Warren C. Trenchard. Lecturer in Management and Social Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. University of Chicago 1981
Social entrepreneurship, management strategy

Wendel W. Tucker, Ph.D.. Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Mary E. Wilson. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ph.D. University of Southern California 2001
Organizational communication, mass communication

John Wyatt III. Lecturer in Business Law
J.D. University of Dayton 1978
Governmental regulation of business, government procurement, contract management


La Sierra University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Zapara School of Business programs are thus subject to careful review by WASC visiting teams and by campus evaluators preparing WASC accreditation self-study reports.

La Sierra University is accredited by:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC )

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Alameda, CA 94501



Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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Silver Spring, MD 20904



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