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Casilde A. Isabelli, Ph.D. Joins PBS Reno Board of Trustees


Casilde A. Isabelli, Ph.D.: PBS Reno Board of Trustees

RENO, NV (December 22, 2023)PBS Reno is pleased to welcome Casilde A. Isabelli, Ph.D. to the PBS Reno Board of Trustees.

Dr. Isabelli currently serves as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Isabelli will take over the PBS Reno Board of Trustees position most recently held by Dr. Greg Mosier, Dean of the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Isabelli (Ph.D. Spanish Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 2001, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is a professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and is currently serving her second year as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to joining the university, she studied abroad as an undergraduate student in Mexico City and as a graduate student to Barcelona, taught for a year at the University of Minnesota as a lecturer, and as a visiting professor for the Spanish MA program at Sonoma State University. Since arriving in 2000, Isabelli served as the director of the basic Spanish language program, overseeing TA training and program direction, and as department chair. Her research interests include Psycholinguistics, Syntactic Processing, Hispanic Linguistics, Heritage Language Acquisition, and Second Language Acquisition in the study-abroad context. 

“I am deeply honored to join the PBS Reno Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Isabelli. “PBS has always been a cornerstone of educational and cultural enrichment in our community, and being part of this organization allows me to contribute to its legacy of informing, educating, and inspiring audiences of all ages. As a professor in the humanities and now interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, I’m committed to elevating humanity. I will bring valuable expertise and a fresh perspective to the board to support PBS’s mission of learning, diversity, and creativity. Being part of its leadership means I will actively contribute to these values and ensure that we continue to provide enriching content that educates, inspires, and connects people across different walks of life. For me, it's an opportunity to be a part of something that shapes minds and hearts, making a real difference in the community and beyond.”

Isabelli, born and raised in northern Illinois to Italian immigrants, travelled frequently to Italy to reconnect with her extended family, where she met and married her husband, Giuseppe. Both moved to Reno in 2000 and have made it their home. They have three daughters, the two youngest attending public schools in Reno and the oldest is a freshman at UNR.  As a family, they love traveling, including frequent camping trips all over the Western United States, and love hosting friends and family.

“We are honored to have a person of Dr. Isabelli’s stature join our board,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “We, and by extension our community, will benefit from her perspective, experience, and advice.”

The 2024 PBS Reno Board of Trustees includes the following group of dedicated individuals: Will Arndt, Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, David Dehls, Christine Fey (Chair), Mercedes de la Garza, Lori Gilbert, Dr. Casilde Isabelli, Mark Herron, Dr. Karin Hilgersom, Katy Simon Holland, Bradley Johnson, Nathan Kanute, Thomas Karlo, Donald Kowitz (Treasurer), Sara Lafrance (Vice Chair), Kurt Mische, Stacey Montooth (Secretary), Mark Newman, Terry Oliver, Michael Rooker, Floyd Rowley, Tom Taelour, and Sue Wagner.

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