Pat Halpin-Murphy 2012
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.
In 1993, Pat Halpin-Murphy founded the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition, the state-wide grassroots coalition serving breast cancer survivors, their friends and families, research institutions, health professionals, elected officials and others seeking support and information, where she continues to serve as President.
She earned master’s degrees from both Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University. She had a distinguished career in state and national government, serving as an advisor to Governor Robert P. Casey, U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and as Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton.
She was appointed by four successive governors to the Pennsylvania Cancer Advisory Board and co-chairs the Pennsylvania Income Tax Check-Off for Breast and Cervical Cancer Research Committee. In addition to service on multiple national boards and commissions, she co-authored both editions of the book “Breast Cancer: Covered or Not? A Guide on Insurance.”
Pat Halpin-Murphy is the recipient of national, state and local awards from business, industry, government and the media.