Marsha Blanco 2013
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.
Marsha Blanco has served as President and CEO of ACHIEVA since 1978 where she has been instrumental in developing pioneering community services for people with disabilities and their families. Marsha’s effective advocacy has been a primary factor in decreasing Pennsylvania’s reliance on institutionalization for men, women and children with significant disabilities.
Several of the programs developed under her leadership have been replicated nationally and internationally. She was the first professional to become a member of the Board of The Arc of the United States, the 10th largest charity in the country and was a committee member of the United States Department of Justice that designed standards for the implementation of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Her accomplishments have been recognized widely, including being named Executive of Excellence by Arc, a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania the Nonprofit Executive of the Year from the Pittsburgh Business Times.