2019 Annual Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to our 2019 ACHIEVA Awards of Excellence honorees who will be receiving their awards on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburgh at 5 p.m. 

For more information, or an invitation, please contact Peggie Watson at 412.995.5000 x420 or pwatson@achieva.info.

Excellence in Advocacy – Rita Cheskiewicz 

Excellence in Community Awareness – Heather Tomko 

Excellence in Employment – Café io Restaurant, Chef Jeff Iovino

Excellence in Family Supports – Jason Rudge and son Presley

Excellence in Legal Services – Julian Gray, Esq.

Yvonne Zanos Excellence in Media – Elena LaQuatra, WTAE

Excellence in Professional Service – Dr. Alia Pustorino-Clevenger, Duquesne University Director for Student Life Assessment & Co-Curricular Community Engagement    

Excellence in Volunteerism – Lisa G. Silverman, Esq.

Marsha S. Blanco Excellence in Community Leadership - MJ Bartelmay

Joe Ott Award – Jeremy Shapira

Tony Leech Award – Teresa Plunkett

Cecil and David Rosenthal Community Award – Mark Steidl

Sattler Humanitarian Award – William S. Demchak


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