Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Community Affairs
Ms. Amy Panzarella is the Vice President of Human Resources at American Public University System. She joined the University in 2008 and is responsible for all aspects of human resources including budget, healthcare benefits, professional training and development, and compliance. Since her arrival, Ms. Panzarella has developed and increased the HR Department staffing levels to accommodate the growing needs of APUS employees. Under her leadership, the HR Department completely streamlined and automated the employee benefits, performance management, and recruiting processes. Ms. Panzarella’ s goal is to position the HR Department as a strategic partner within the organization, aligning its efforts and objectives with the mission and vision of APUS.
Ms. Panzarella has worked in human resources for over 16 years in a variety of industries to include finance, gaming, manufacturing and now higher education. She holds a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in human resources. Ms. Panzarella earned her Senior Professional Human Resource Certification (SPHR) in 2009 and was named “HR Professional of the Year” in 2011 by the West Virginia Society of Human Resources State Council. She recently graduated from the “Leadership West Virginia” program in Charleston and continues to be a contributing writer for the “Around the Panhandle” magazine offering human resources, management and professional advice to its readers.
As an active member in her local community, Ms. Panzarella is the 2012 President of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Panhandle Society of Human Resources Management (EPSHRM) and serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Council of SHRM. She is a board member of the Charles Town Rotary Club, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia University Hospitals – East Foundation, the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Charles Town Old Opera House. In addition, she volunteers for the Personnel Committee of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, the Local School Improvement Council (LSIC), the Career and Technical Education Council in Jefferson County, and the Marketing and Technology Advisory Council for Washington High School.
Ms. Panzarella lives in Charles Town, WV with her family. She enjoys spending any free time that she has with her husband Chris, their three sons Anthony, Andrew, and Tyler, and their two dogs Bella and MJ.