Young Professionals Committee

A premier social network for established and emerging community leaders, committed to making a difference in Northern Nevada.


The Young Professionals Committee is a diverse group of dedicated men and women who volunteer their time, talent and energy to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada through such efforts as mentoring, educational programs, outreach, fundraising, and advocacy. With this in mind, YPC members strive to make a positive impact in the community in any way they can. We recognize that a little effort on our part can help change lives in a big way.

For those interested in becoming a part of the YPC, please email Casey Stiteler.

Biggest Little Wine & Chocolate Night
 Join the Young Professionals Committee on November 16 for an after-hours mixer of wine and chocolate to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada.  There is valet parking available. Cocktail/Business attire is encouraged. Tickets will include a host wine bar and chocolates/desserts for the evening. Check out the event and RSVP via Facebook.


When: November 16th at 5:30-8:00 p.m. 

Where: Plaza Resort Club, 121 West Street

$30 pre-sale, $40 at the door

Feel free to bring friends who would like to network and learn more about YPC or becoming a BIG.  Let us know if you have any questions - see you there!

Board of Directors

Casey Stiteler, President

Casey Stiteler is an associate at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. While in law school, Casey served as a legislative extern to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and as judicial extern to the Honorable Judge William G. Cobb in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Casey is also a proud University of Nevada alumnus where he served as ASUN President. Casey joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in October 2015 when he was matched with his little, Miguel. As the President, Casey hopes to help the YPC foster strong relationships in the Reno-Tahoe professional community and to recruit passionate young professionals to become Bigs.

Nadia Gulistani, Vice President

Nadia Gulistani works as a Clinical Researcher for a Contract Resource Organization. Ms. Gulistani’s company specializes in pharmaceutical safety, efficacy, and toxicity. Ms. Gulistani’s roles include pharmaceutical study execution, project management, and strategy innovation. Ms. Gulistani earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno. While in school Ms. Gulistani worked extensively on projects such as Tobacco Cessation, HIV Awareness, and Sexual Health Education. Ms. Gulistani achieved a master’s degree in Clinical Research from Drexel School of Medicine. Ms. Gulistani is working towards teaching research at a collegiate setting. In 2008 Ms. Gulistani joined Big Brother Big Sisters, and was matched with a little sister named Sarah. Sarah and Ms. Gulistani enjoy spending their time baking, outdoors, traveling, and being creative. Currently, Sarah is a junior in college earning a degree in culinary and business management. Ms. Gulistani’s passion for mentorship helped encourage her to join The Young Professionals Committee for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Ms. Gulistani's goal for the future is to grow with the Young Professionals Committee and build a strong mentorship presence in the community.

Laura Parra, Marketing Chair

Laura Parra is a lover of life! She is proud of all the titles she goes by; daughter, grand-daughter, friend, sister, auntie, Realtor, business owner, child advocate, coach, and philanthropy lover because she feels what she does is who she is. Her three main goals in life are to be a blessing, create memories, and build a legacy. Laura strives to be a reliable, caring person and believes her career of assisting people to buy and sell homes allows her to do that. She has been in the Real Estate industry for 6 years and couldn't see herself without it. 
When not working you can catch Laura hanging out with her family, at church, spending time with her "Little" Destiny, passing out food with the Food Bank, coaching her cheer team or getting an adrenaline rush by doing something crazy like sky-diving! Laura is a strong advocate for living life to the fullest and try's to make everything she can fun & memorable.

Katelyn Cantu, Big Chefs, Big Gala Chair

Katelyn Cantu is an attorney at the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office. She works in the Family Division, representing parents in child welfare cases. Prior to joining the office, Katelyn served as one of the first judicial law clerks to Chief Judge Michael Gibbons of the Nevada Court of Appeals. It was that position that brought her from Las Vegas to Northern Nevada. Katelyn graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law in May 2014, having spent much of her law school career pursuing international human rights and international criminal law around the globe. Particularly, her interest took her to India, Cambodia, Geneva, and ultimately Paris, where she spent the last semester of law school interning for the United Nations. While in law school, she also worked on a Native American Reservation and on a clinical project addressing the conditions of immigrant detention in Nevada. Eventually, Katelyn plans to return to school to obtain her LL.M. in international human rights. But in the meantime, Katelyn is settling into Reno and becoming part of the community. She recently joined the Young Professionals Committee and was matched with her Little in February 2017. She hopes to pass on to her Little the sense of independence, empowerment, and love and appreciation for the outdoors that her father instilled in her.

Cortney Tucker, Events Chair

Cortney is the Director of Guest Experience at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. This includes overseeing all departments within Grand Sierra Resort and making sure they are all producing exceptional guest service, analyzing and responding to guest reviews through all survey and social media platforms, along with working with Leadership Teams to improve and build on overall guest experience through added amenities, features and benefits for their guests. Being involved in her community is very important to her and she is involved with several organizations in Reno including; GSR Cares, the Chamber, the Young Professional Network, Professional Saleswomen of Nevada and currently the Young Professional Committee. Some of her accomplishments include; graduating from California State University, Chico in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, leading her team to becoming the #1 Profitable Hotel through the Oxford Group in 2014 and being nominated for "Sales Woman of the Year" and making it to the “Final 5” in 2016 through the Professional Saleswomen of Nevada organization. Being YPC's Event Planner, Cortney is currently working on planning and organization membership meetings, networking events and Big and Little events led by the YPC. Cortney is also a Big Sister herself and enjoys taking her Little to different events in Reno, enjoying the outdoors and reading books together. During her free time she loves taking weekend trips to Tahoe with her husband, hiking with her two dogs and spending time with family and friends. Cortney's passion for working with children, planning events and having fun is what brought her to YPC

Bo Cassel

Working for the only local not for profit health insurance provider in Northern Nevada, Bo has the opportunity to partner with local businesses and other nonprofits to serve the community. Since he moved to the Reno area in 2011, Bo has been dedicated to the community serving on multiple boards in Reno and volunteering his time. A few of his favorite events with Big Brothers and Big Sisters has to be the end of the year barbeque, Wine & Chocolate Night and the Gala. Bo graduated from Stony Brook University in Long Island New York, where he was a student athlete, playing tight end for the Seawolves football team. Bo is proud to be a Big and has been matched with his little, Jose, for just over two years now. Being a Big Brother inspires Bo to be his best self to allow his Little to feel empowered to succeed. Bo is hopeful that as a Young Professional Committee Board Member he can increase support for this wonderful program and recruit new Bigs.