Im Ja Choi
DEBRA L. CAPLAN is currently serving as an Executive-in-Residence at The Forbes Funds, where she advises nonprofits in governance and leadership. During her longstanding career as a leader in healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allegheny Health Network (AHN), and more recently as Interim CEO of Partner4Work, Ms. Caplan has been a steadfast advocate for community health and workforce development and advancing women's leadership. This passion continues through her many nonprofit board affiliations, including currently chairing the JewishHealthcare Foundation Board and previously serving as WQED Board Chair and President of the Pittsburgh International Women's Forum. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Harvard Kennedy School, she has received numerous honors, including the YWCA Tribute to Women and the Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award.
Im Ja Choi is committed to ensuring that all Asian American senior citizens with language barriers are informed of and offered appropriate health care services. Applying her own experience of caring for her mother with cancer, she founded Penn Asian Senior Services, a nonprofit home health agency. It now serves 495 clients including 18% non-Asian elderly, and offers 11 different Asian languages and English. She also established a vocational school for entry-level health care workers and recently added an adult day care service.
Im Ja has been active in educational, civic, and community organizations including the Temple University College for Health Professionals, Montgomery County Community College, Diversity Council of the PA Department of Aging, and Philadelphia Asian American Women’s Coalition. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Community Health Leader Award. She graduated from Korea University and received her master’s degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.