On Philanthropy Summer/Fall 2020


CRISPR Inhibition for FSHD2 Fund established to support muscular dystrophy research

Takako Jones and Peter Jones
From left, Takako Jones, Ph.D. and Peter Jones, Ph.D. pose in the Peter and Takako Jones Lab, located at the Center for Molecular Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Photo courtesy UNR Med.


The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine anticipates the opening of new University Health clinical services in a 60,000-square-foot facility at 745 West Moana Lane in late 2020. This new facility will provide medical students with a more hands-on experience and allow a new integrated multispecialty practice group to provide patient-centric clinical services to the community.
The Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation’s generous support will help create, furnish and equip a new contemporary multi-use learning studio for physician assistant students, medical students, residents, fellows, continuing medical education for practicing physicians and community education classes. The Estelle J. Kelsey Foundation was established in the state of Nevada in 2014 and makes grants primarily to strengthen civic, cultural, social services, medicine, science, religious and youth projects, facilities and programs.

For more information on supporting UNR Med, contact Shari Neztel, director of development, at (775) 682-6077 or snetzel@unr.edu; or Amelia Lane, assistant director of development, at (775) 682-6455 or amelial@unr.edu.


Jaci Chiatovich Jones establishes
endowed scholarship for educators

Jaci Chiatovich Jones
Jaci Chiatovich Jones. (Photo: Family handout)


The Dr. Jaci Chiatovich Jones Scholarship Endowment for Aspiring Educators was established in October 2019 to support students majoring in education. Jaci Chiatovich Jones ’64 (education), ’70 M.Ed. (counseling) had a significant impact on education in the state of Nevada during her 30-year career with the Washoe County School District. Jones served in roles as the dean of students and vice principal, along with holding the distinction of being the first female principal in the WCSD. Additionally, she served as president or chairman of numerous school and community boards, including the Washoe County Secondary Administrators’ Association, the Nevada Secondary School Principals’ Association, the Truckee Meadows Community College Advisory Board and the Crisis Call Center.

“Dr. Jones’ new scholarship endowment will provide vitally important support for our students,” said College of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks. “Her commitment to the success of the University’s aspiring educators not only provides them the means to successfully achieve their academic goals, but also ensures they will go on to become leaders in the field of education, engaging and empowering students in the classroom, just as Dr. Jones did during her illustrious career.”

Jones’ commitment to education continues with the establishment of this endowed scholarship, through which she intends to provide educational opportunities for all students by supporting the next generation of educators.

To learn more about supporting students in the College of Education & Human Development,
please contact Stefanie Givens, director of development,
at (775) 784-6914 or sgivens@unr.edu.


Phil & Jennifer Satre Endowed
Professorship in Marketing established

Phil and Jennifer Satre
Phil and Jennifer Satre ’80 M.Ed. (Photo: Family handout)  


Supporting The College of Business’ vision of producing graduates and research that enable economic vitality and inspire positive change in Nevada and the world, the Satres established the Phil & Jennifer Satre Endowed Professorship in Marketing in April. This gift from Phil and Jennifer Satre ’80 M.Ed. will support a faculty member specializing in marketing in The College of Business.

The Satres, who are recognized as Philanthropists in the University’s Honor Court, began supporting the University of Nevada, Reno in 1983. Since then, they have supported the College of Education and Dean’s Future Scholars program, UNR Med and medical research, the University Arts Building and fine arts, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center, Wolf Pack Athletics, numerous scholarships, KUNR and more.

“The outstanding College of Business faculty and staff working with our students have helped earn the college its impressive reputation,” said The College of Business Dean Gregory Mosier. “We have marketing professors with great research programs and many years of experience in academia and industry. Thanks to the generosity of Phil and Jennifer, this endowed professorship will expand that talented faculty even further.”

Faculty in The College of Business teach marketing students to help companies and organizations conduct business development research, identify customers and explore new brand promotion avenues. By inspiring students and providing them strategic insight into this vital piece of business, marketing faculty drive the college’s larger goal of preparing graduates to drive economic development as innovative, competitive and ethical business leaders.


The Lilliana E. Trinchero Scholarship
in Kinesiology established

Lilliana E. Trinchero
Lillian Trinchero. (Photo: Family handout)


In the spirit of giving back, Lilliana E. Trinchero ’68 (physical therapy) established a scholarship in recognition of the scholarship support she received as an undergraduate student.

Trinchero is a pioneer in providing a full complement of rehabilitation services to the geriatric population in assisted and long-term care facilities across five states. Her company, Nevada Rehabilitation Services, brought vital physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy to thousands of patients over the course of 27 years.

Established in December 2019, the scholarship supports undergraduate students specializing in kinesiology from the School of Community Health Sciences. In July 2017, the School of Community Health Sciences became an independent academic unit, and with growing enrollment, the school continues to become further involved in the community by addressing social determinants of health that affect the citizens of Nevada and beyond.

“Supporting the next generation of rehabilitation professionals is a meaningful way for our successful alumni to show what a Nevada education means to them,” Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences Trudy Larson said. “This could be a life-changing scholarship to someone who may not have been able to otherwise attend the University.”