Annual Awards of Excellence

ACHIEVA proudly presented this year’s Awards of Excellence to the following talented individuals, organizations and community groups who have gone above and beyond on behalf of people with disabilities. The event was held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Sheraton, Station Square, Pittsburgh.

ACHIEVA strives to support and empower individuals with disabilities and their families, making it our mission to create a community where disability is a distinction that makes no difference.  We make it our responsibility to encourage those in the community who advocate for the same mission as ACHIEVA. 

The 2017 honorees:

Excellence in Advocacy
PA Health Access Network (PHAN)

Excellence in Community Awareness
Bruce Sickler, President, American Airlines, Abilities Employee Business Resource Group

Excellence in Employment - Iron City Workplace Services (ICWS), Phil Sonnenklar, President

Excellence in Family Supports - Claudia Stoner and Grant Stoner

Excellence in Legal Services - Carol Horowitz, Esq., Disability Rights Pennsylvania


Excellence in Legislative - PA State Representative Dom Costa 

Yvonne Zanos Excellence in Media - Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, HBO Vice News (Accepted by Nancy Murray)

Excellence in Professional Service - Dr. Rory Cooper, Director, University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL)


Excellence in Volunteerism - Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA)

Joe Ott Award - Chaz Kellem

Tony Leech Award - Paul Cline

Sattler Humanitarian Award - Beth Fulena, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic with UPMC

For questions about ACHIEVA's Awards of Excellence, contact Peggie Watson at 412.995.5000 x420 or  Our 2018 event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.