Suzanne Fischer Staples 2010
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 Fisher Staples of Nicholson, PA has devoted her life to promoting international understanding through literature, most effectively through her award-winning novels for young adults base on her 13 years experience as a foreign news correspondent in South Asia for UPI and as an editor for the Washington Post. She has received more than three dozen national and international awards for her books, including the Newbery Honor Award for her first novel, Shubabu. A Pennsylvania native, she has brought literary distinction to her state by organizing The Gathering at Keystone College, a literary conference that brings notable authors of global distinction to Northeastern Pennsylvania. She continues her writing, speaking and teaching throughout the third world in order to foster literature and learning.