Ruth DuBois 2005
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.
She has effected significant change in the fields of substance abuse, violence, and other inappropriate behaviors in children. She developed a model substance abuse and violence prevention and intervention program currently used in Philadelphia schools. As a member of the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, she initiated standards for prevention programs which were adopted as a national model by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.