Deanna Podstawa is the newest member of our Community Foundation family and the friendly face at our front desk. As Executive Assistant, she serves as the primary point of contact to our CEO and the liaison to our Trustees and Advisory Board members. Deanna is responsible for overseeing Community Foundation events and Trustee meetings while providing general office support to our staff members.
A New Jersey native, Deanna completed her Undergraduate Degree in Theater Studies from Montclair State University in 2006. While attending, she participated in several philanthropic affairs throughout the year supporting research for Cystic Fibrosis and the annual March of Dimes events. Having lived in Northern New Jersey during her schooling and several years after, she experienced the “Broadway Lifestyle” of working multiple part-time jobs and auditioning in New York and Philadelphia. Eventually choosing a more steady route of commercial TV and Print work, Deanna has appeared as the face of several local companies in the tri-state area and has graced many stages with her voice in various wedding/coverbands while touring parts of the country with a Bob Seger Tribute.
Since moving to Reno in 2016, Deanna has jumped in head first becoming involved in the community and making a mark for herself in the biggest little city. She is a former member of the Three Hearts Volunteer Team at Customink where she dedicated off-the-clock hours to special events and fundraisers. She is currently a Board Member at Reno Little Theater, where she volunteers her time at performances and has appeared in productions with RLT, the Restless Artists Theater in Sparks and Downtown’s own Bruka Theater. You may also recognize her from local TV commercials for popular Reno radio stations and other businesses!
Despite their love for the hustle and bustle of big city life, Deanna and her husband have quickly embraced the West Coast lifestyle and “no worries” attitude that comes along with living in Nevada. They enjoy quick getaways to surrounding destinations and “hot spots”, live concerts, summer trips to the lake, snowboarding at Mt. Rose, attending as many festivals as possible throughout the year in Reno and the occasional quiet weekend at home with their animals.
“I didn’t know what to expect I found out we were moving to Reno for a career opportunity but I am so impressed with how much this city has to offer! The culture, the lifestyle and the arts (just the name a few) are aspects that keep me interested in exploring this beautiful and quirky place we have quickly started to call home.”