Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Pam Dejkhrut

March 31, 2014

Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Pam Dejkhrut

Pam Dejkhrut oversees the accounting department at First Nonprofit and has been with the company for nearly six years. Born and raised in Thailand, Pam received her bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of The Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok.

After she graduated, her father, who worked for the Thai embassy, accepted a four-year position in the United States and Pam came along to continue her accounting and finance education. She received an MBA with an emphasis in information systems and a master’s of accounting and financial management at DeVry University in Chicago. While her family returned to Thailand after the four years, Pam stayed in the states.

“They left me,” she said, laughing. ” But I go back and see them once a year – that’s something I like about working at First Nonprofit, they never have a problem with letting me go back and visit once a year.”

Pam said her favorite thing about First Nonprofit is her coworkers. English is her second language and she said her coworkers are all very good about making sure she understands what they are saying and that they understand her.

“I’m really proud of what I’m doing here,” she said. “And I really enjoy the people I work with.”

Pam said she also enjoys working with numbers and has a passion for accounting, which her position as assistant controller at First Nonprofit allows her to pursue. She said she is happy to use her skills to help First Nonprofit continue to grow and improve its business.

While she has only lived in Chicago since coming to the U.S., Pam has visited many other cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, and states including Florida, Michigan and Iowa. She said of all the places she has been, San Francisco is her favorite because of the great food and wine. Her coworkers consider her a “foodie,” and she enjoys trying new dishes when she travels.

Pam doesn’t miss a chance to eat out in her hometown of Chicago either, and said her favorite food is Italian, especially seafood dishes. However, she also loves to try different Spanish restaurants on a mission to find the perfect paella.  Her other hobbies include going to the gym, where she enjoys swimming. She also watches different crime-drama television show such as CSI.


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