Amy Schectman, President and CEO

Amy Schectman, President and CEO

Amy Schectman brings to JCHE 30 years of professional experience in the urban planning field, with a focus on affordable housing in both the non-profit and public sectors. In addition to her strong leadership as President/CEO of JCHE, Amy is recognized as a leading advocate for seniors and healthy aging as she advances the conversation about successful aging. Amy has been invited to the White House on several occasions to discuss senior housing and care. She was recently included in a national panel of experts at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Amy serves on Boston Mayor Walsh’s housing task force, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation Healthy Aging Coalition Executive Committee, the Board of Massachusetts Citizens Housing and Planning Association and the Board of National Association of JewishAging Services. She also represents practitioners on behalf of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Prior to joining JCHE, Amy Schectman served as the Associate Director for Public Housing & Rental Assistance for the Massachusetts Department of Housing andCommunity Development (DHCD). In this capacity, Amy led the state's effort to leverage and attract new funding to preserve and restore public housing units for thousands of low-income families. She also created a sustainability program to install renewable and high efficiency energy systems and launched the first phase of a major water conservation effort expected to save the state $2 million each year, beginning in 2012. As Economic Development officer for the Town of Brookline, Amy helped negotiate the Town's first friendly 40B affordable housing development to create 50 units of mixed-income affordable housing. Amy has also held positions at the Boston Housing Authority, M.I.T. Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning/Budgeting. Amy received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Urban Planning from M.I.T.

In April 2017, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Amy to the Commonwealth's first Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts

Tasked with developing "a plan to improve public and private efforts to support healthy aging in Massachusetts," the Council represents an important step in ensuring that Massachusetts is prepared to address one of the biggest demographic shifts in history: the aging of the population.

Karen Edlund, Chief Financial Officer

Karen Edlund brings over 20 years of experience in the affordable housing and real estate industries to her position as JCHE's Chief Financial Officer. Karen has significant experience in tax credit housing and investment finance. Previously, Karen was CFO for International Housing Solutions, S.a.r.l, a private equity real estate company where she helped establish a $240 million fund investing in affordable housing in South Africa. She was previously the CFO for Leggat McCall Properties and a Senior Vice President of Finance for MMA Financial/Lend Lease Corporation and the Boston Financial Group in Boston. She is a past president of the Boston Chapter of Financial Executives International, a board member of the Women's Institute for Housing and Economic Development and on the finance committees for The Dimock Center and Respond, Inc.

Karen received her M.S. in Finance at Boston College and her B.A. at Middlebury College.

Carl Zack, Chief Operations Officer

Carl Zack brings a wealth of experience to JCHE. For over 35 years, he has served in leadership positions in respected health care and social service agencies. Most recently, Carl was President of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale.  Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Boston. He has also been President of two community hospitals during his career. 

As JCHE's Chief Operating Officer, Carl oversees operations and services at all properties.  His goal is to ensure that residents have safe, well-maintained buildings with high performing staff so they can age in place with a diverse array of programs and services to keep them engaged and active.

Carl has a Masters in Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University.

Mary Flatley, Chief of Organizational Growth & Human Resources

Mary Flatley

Mary Flatley brings over 25 years of professional experience helping organizations navigate change, establish priorities, brainstorm solutions and reach consensus on action plans. She has held leadership roles across multiple industries where she provided guidance and direction around resource management, process improvement, project management, organizational development and training initiatives. Organizations where Mary has made significant contributions include: RGI informatics, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, SAP, Houghton Mifflin, Tessera, Digital Equipment Corporation and Harvard Community Health Plan. Prior to joining JCHE, Mary worked at Goddard House, an assisted living facility, designing and delivering programs for residents with dementia. This work was her effort to realign her work to be more service oriented in support of our aging elderly population. She subsequently joined JCHE where she now oversees the human resources function, including performance management, compensation and benefits, HR policies, staffing and promoting the organizational health of JCHE. She also provides strategic direction for our organizational development and leadership programs, including all employee orientation, training, coaching and mentoring programs.

Mary received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.

Lizbeth Heyer, Chief of Real Estate and Innovation

Lizbeth brings to JCHE more than 28 years of professional experience in affordable housing development, planning, policy and advocacy in both the non-profit and public sectors.  Before joining JCHE, Lizbeth served as the Associate Director of Public Housing and Rental Assistance for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development where she lead gubernatorial initiatives to reform and preserve the state’s public housing system, expand the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program and create the HomeBASE program which provided housing instead of shelter for over 6,000 homeless families.  Lizbeth’s housing career began in 1986 as a community organizer with the Massachusetts Tenants Organization where she led local, state and national efforts to preserve expiring- use housing.  Lizbeth worked as a project manager at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), eventually becoming Associate Director of Real Estate Development.  During her 15 years at JPNDC, Lizbeth led numerous community planning efforts and developed affordable housing and mixed-use projects totaling over $80M, several of which involved non-profit and for-profit partners including the acquisition and re-development of the 3.5 acre historic Blessed Sacrament property.  

Lizbeth received her Master’s in Urban Planning from M.I.T.