Annual Awards of Excellence

ACHIEVA Awards of Excellence honor a group of extraordinary and talented individuals, organizations and community groups who go above and beyond on behalf of people with disabilities.  All nominees exemplify ACHIEVA’s vision of a community where disability is a distinction that makes no difference. For more information or to nominate someone, contact Peggie Watson at 412.995.5000 x420 or pwatson@achieva.info.
 

Congratulations to the 2018 honorees who were honored at the Sheraton, Station Square on December 11, 2018:

Advocacy - Mary Anderson Hartley
Honoree demonstrates exemplary accomplishments in advocacy either individual or systemic, information sharing and education that supports the empowerment of people with disabilities and their family members.

Marsha S. Blanco Excellence in Community Leadership - Nancy Thaler
Named in honor of ACHIEVA’s long-time president and retired CEO.  Nominees should demonstrate an exceptional, proven record of leading the way for people with disabilities and their families. 

Community Awareness - Sean and Mandi Casey - Miracle League of the South Hills
Honoree demonstrates commitment to creating and promoting an inclusive and welcoming environment in all areas of community life for people with disabilities and their families.

Employment - Oxford Development Company - Joseph G. Piccini, VP Property Management
Honoree demonstrates excellence in providing competitive - integrated employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.      

Family Supports - Christina Abernethy
Honoree demonstrates accomplishment in supporting family members who have loved ones with disabilities.

Legal Services - Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter
Honoree is an attorney, law firm or legal department who have used their professional skills to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Yvonne Zanos Excellence in Media - Jennifer Szweda Jordan - Unabridged Press
Honoree demonstrates commitment in reporting issues that are important to people with disabilities and their families.

Professional Service - Dr. Robert Arnhold, Ph.D. - Slippery Rock University
Nominee demonstrates exemplary use of professional skills to strengthen ACHIEVA as an agency or strengthen the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Joe Ott Award - Brian Long, Chairman, Seubert & Associates
Named in memory of a long-time volunteer and past ACHIEVA Board chair who exemplified outstanding leadership. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding vision, volunteer leadership and generosity of spirit.

Tony Leech Award - Lydia Wert
Named in memory of a past ACHIEVA Board chair and one of the organization’s most inspiring volunteers and leaders. The Tony Leech Award is a $1,000 gift awarded to an individual with a disability who has leadership qualities and strength of spirit, as was admired in Tony.

Sattler Humanitarian Award - Michael Dever, Esq.
ACHIEVA’s highest honor, the Sattler Humanitarian Award is named for the late Sara and Leo Sattler and is given to volunteers who have made continuous, outstanding contributions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The nominee should demonstrate leadership skills, community involvement and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities.

Cecil & David Rosenthal Community Award -  Honored Posthumously as the Recipients of the Inaugural Community Award - Cecil and David Rosenthal
Named in memory of Cecil and David Rosenthal. The Cecil and David Rosenthal Community Award is a $1,000 gift awarded to an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability who - by virtue of how they live their life - has embraced their community and their community has embraced them as so admired in both Cecil and David.

 

The 2018 honorees photos with
Steve Suroviec, President & CEO and Mary D. Richter, Chair, ACHIEVA Board:

Excellence in Advocacy
Mary Anderson Hartley


Marsha S. Blanco Excellence in Community Leadership - Nancy Thaler

Excellence in Community Awareness
Sean & Mandi Casey - Miracle League of the South HIlls

Excellence in Family Supports - Christina Abernethy

Excellence in Legal Services - Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter

 

Yvonne Zanos Excellence in Media
Jennifer Szweda Jordan - Unabridged Press

Excellence in Professional Service - Dr. Robert Arnhold, Ph.D., Slippery Rock University
(Dr. Arnhold was unable to attend the event)

Joe Ott Award - Brian Long

 

Tony Leech Award - Lydia Wert

Sattler Humanitarian Award - Michael L. Dever, Esq.

Cecil & David Rosenthal Community Award - 
Honored Posthumously as the Recipients of the 
Inaugural and accepted by Michelle and Diane Rosenthal (sisters of Cecil & David)

Nancy Thaler, recipient of the inaugural Marsha S. Blanco Excellence in Community Leadership with 
Marsha Blanco, former President & CEO of ACHIEVA