Annual Awards of Excellence

ACHIEVA is accepting electronic nominations for its 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the Sheraton, Station Square, Pittsburgh. All nominees should exemplify ACHIEVA's mission to support and empower individuals with disabilities and their families. Click here to download the nomination form.

ACHIEVA proudly presented the 2017 Awards of Excellence to the following talented individuals, organizations and community groups who went above and beyond on behalf of people with disabilities. 

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 

Electronic nominations are due by Monday, August 27, 2018.  If you want to download the nomination form, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Peggie Watson at or 412.995.5000 x420.