Suzanne Yenchko 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.
Suzanne Yenchko is a leader in government relations, business and community service. She recently retired as Director of Government Affairs for Pennsylvania American Water, having served in the same capacity at International Paper Company and AMP/TYCO Electronics.
Considered an expert in national and state environmental policy development and long-range planning, Yenchko served on the boards of the Technology Council of Central PA and the National Association of Water Companies, PA Chapter.
She chaired the Pennsylvania Commission for Women for six years and served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, the Central PA Youth Ballet and the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Her vision and leadership in the creation of the Harrisburg Young Professionals inspired the formation of similar civic-minded groups across the state and nation. The Yenchko/Pennsylvania model for Young Professionals’ organizations is the national standard for like-minded communities that seek to retain their talented young people.
A graduate of Susquehanna University, she has served on its Board of Trustees, and she also earned an MBA degree from Mount St. Mary’s College.