As volunteer coordinator in the Volunteer Services Department at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Annie Garcia Kaplan is responsible for screening, interviewing, orienting, and placing volunteers in 20 different volunteer programs throughout the hospital system. Previously, Kaplan was director of the Friends of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, where she managed a 35-member volunteer board of directors and a 30-member junior board.
Volunteering has always been a big part of Kaplan’s life. In the past, she has served as president of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, as co-chair of the Toy Closets program, and as a member of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Parenting Advisory Board at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and has served on the boards of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Guilford Art Center, and Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. She has also volunteered with the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Discovery School and the United Way of Greater New Haven’s Community Impact Cabinet.
Kaplan met her husband, Ben ’79, M’80, while they were undergraduates at the University of Hartford. She has a trio of degrees from the University of Hartford: a bachelor’s degree in political science (1979), an MBA (1991), and a doctoral degree in educational leadership (1997).
The Anchor Award is the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association. The awards were established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional accomplishments, and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character, to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford.
Pictured: University President Walter Harrison congratulates Annie Garcia Kaplan ’79, M’81, EdD’97