Susan Fort Sordoni 2011

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.

The mother of five children, Susan has been an inspiration to women in Northeastern Pennsylvania for four decades. She earned her medical degree in 1997 from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

As a volunteer in the community, she established an early intervention program for developmentally disabled children in 1987 which was inspired by her daughter with Down Syndrome.

Following medical school Susan developed “Circle of Friends” at Misericordia University, a program for mentally challenged women transitioning from high school to the work place.

In 2007, she gave leadership to the founding of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Luzerne County, a free health clinic for the working uninsured where she continues to volunteer as a physician weekly.

She serves as a board member of the Sordoni Foundation which provides civic, cultural, health care, educational and social service support to the greater Wilkes Barre community.

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