Míla Šašková-Pierce earned her PhD in linguistics at the University of Kansas. From 1989 to her retirement in 2015, Míla was a professor of Czech and Russian at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She is a dynamic organizer who is active in Czech organizations including the Czech Language Foundation which aims to advance the teaching and appreciation of the Czech language. A longtime member of SVU, she also served as vice-president of the SVU chapter in Lincoln, NE and on the SVU Council. Míla believes that Czech-American culture is integral to the wider Czech culture and she hopes to ‘build a bridge’ between the two.