About Hebrew SeniorLife

Executive Leadership

Louis J. Woolf, President and CEO, Hebrew SeniorLife 

Louis J. Woolf joined Hebrew SeniorLife in 2009 as President and was elevated to President and CEO in February 2013. Lou is committed to redefining the experience of aging for the thousands of seniors served by HSL’s integrated eight-site system of health care, housing, research and training, and dedicated to supporting HSL staff’s extraordinary commitment to do exactly that every day. Prior to joining HSL, Lou served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at North Shore Medical Center, the largest community hospital system in Partners Healthcare System. He also spent 10 years in various leadership positions within the CareGroup Healthcare System, including Chief Operating Officer of New England Baptist Hospital and Senior Vice President of system development and communications for all of CareGroup's hospitals. Lou received his BA in economics from Brandeis University and his MBA in marketing and finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board of Trustees and serves on the MHA Specialty Hospital CEOs Council.

Hear more from President and CEO Lou Woolf on how HSL is redefining the aging experience.

Senior Management

Kimberly Brooks, Vice President of Senior Living

Kim Brooks joined Hebrew SeniorLife as Vice President of Senior Living in March 2013. She brings to HSL deep experience in supportive independent living models, HUD affordable housing projects, senior center management, home health and adult day health, as well as senior services strategy and finance. In her most recent role as VP, Housing & Community Services at NewCourtland in Philadelphia, which is a $150 million network, she oversaw multiple senior living locations, developed a successful Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) from inception, designed and implemented a supportive housing complex for seniors transitioning out of the nursing home, and developed a remote passive monitoring approach to successfully keep seniors living independently at home.

In her role as VP of Senior Living, Kim holds ultimate accountability for overall operations of Orchard Cove, NewBridge Independent Living and Assisted Living, and our three housing communities, as well as new initiatives in Senior Living. Kim and her team focus on providing the highest quality of life for, and maximizing the independence of, our Senior Living residents.

Helen Chen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Helen Chen, M.D. joined Hebrew SeniorLife in August 2013 as CMO for HSL Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Chen relocated from California where she served as CMO at the Center for Elders’ Independence, a nonprofit Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and held an academic appointment of Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chen graduated from the Brown University Program in Medicine and is board certified in geriatrics, hospice, and palliative care. In her role as CMO, Dr. Chen serves as HSL’s senior clinical advisor and oversees HSL’s Department of Medicine.

James D. Hart, Chief Financial Officer

James D. Hart was named Chief Financial Officer of Hebrew SeniorLife in November 2009 and brings more than 28 years of financial experience to the organization. He directs HSL’s strategic and operational financial planning, budgeting process, tracking and reporting of financial results, accounting and finance practices, and financial risk assessment, and maintains relations with financial institutions.

Prior to joining HSL, Jim served as CFO of Benchmark Senior Living, a for-profit owner and operator of assisted and independent living communities, and CFO of Boston Financial Group, an owner and operator of a variety of real estate asset classes, including assisted living. He began his career at Continental Bank in Chicago, was a manager of private equity funds at Interfid Ltd. in New York, and launched a successful initial public offering as the CFO of Bitstream Inc., a Cambridge MA -based software company. Jim holds a B.A. from Trinity College(CT) and an M.B.A from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

Fran Hinckley, Chief Information Officer

Fran Hinckley leads Hebrew SeniorLife’s Information Technology Department, providing shared IT planning, services and support for all systems and technology needs across HSL’s eight-site network.

A graduate of the University of Maine, Mr. Hinckley has more than 27 years of experience in the field of information technology planning and management. He has served in prior CIO roles at Mariner Health Care, Mariner Post Acute, and Capella Senior Living, all senior health care organizations. Most recently, he was CIO at Neighborhood Health Plan, a Boston-based health maintenance organization serving commercial accounts and MassHealth members. Mr. Hinckley has been with HSL since 2004.


Deborah Lemmerman, Vice President of Human Resources

Deborah Lemmerman joined Hebrew SeniorLife in March 2014 as Vice President of Human Resources. Deb is an HR leader with experience in both health care and professional services. She brings a deep knowledge of HR operations and takes pride in developing and mentoring her team. Before joining HSL, Deb served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Cambridge Health Alliance where she was valued for building high performance teams at all levels of the organization.
In her role as VP of Human Resources, Deb is responsible for development and oversight of human resource management policy, programs, and staff, and building relationships with operations leaders. She leads HSL’s Employee Engagement initiatives, which HSL believes are critical to maintaining a workforce committed to HSL’s mission, and dedicated to providing the best care and services possible to our residents, patients and their families.

Rachel Lerner, Esq., General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Rachel Lerner joined Hebrew SeniorLife as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in March 2012. In this dual role, Rachel oversees a department that is responsible for providing legal advice to the organization and managing HSL’s compliance program. After graduating from New York University School of Law, Rachel spent several years in the New York and Washington D.C. offices of a national law firm representing nonprofit and for-profit health care organizations in a variety of transactional, regulatory compliance and litigation matters. She then served as Associate General Counsel and Corporate Compliance Officer for a publicly-traded national long-term care and senior housing provider operating approximately 250 sites in 33 states.

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D. Vice President, Academic Medicine 
Director, Institute for Aging Research

Lewis Lipsitz, M.D., has spent most of his career in geriatric medicine at Hebrew SeniorLife, where he currently serves as Vice President for Academic Medicine and Director of the Institute for Aging Research. He holds the Irving and Edyth S. Usen and Family Chair in Medical Research. In addition to his positions at HSL, he is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Lipsitz's research interests include falls, fainting, blood pressure regulation, cognitive dysfunction, and improving long-term care for disabled seniors. He has published more than 160 original research papers, numerous review articles and textbook chapters, and co-edited "Quality Care in the Nursing Home" and "Geriatric Diabetes." He has been named one the "top doctors in Boston" by Boston Magazine since 2009.

A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Dr. Lipsitz earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Mary Moscato, President, Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

As President, Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Mary draws on her dynamic background in health care operations and management to lead the organization in its commitment to providing the highest quality care available to seniors in Greater Boston. In addition, she helps develop the organization’s strategic plans in further expansion of its health care services.

Mary has nearly three decades of health care leadership and most recently served as President and CEO for Care Alternatives, a multi-state provider of community-based health care services. She received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. and M.P.H. from Boston University.

Katelyn Quynn, Vice President for Development and Board Relations

Katelyn Quynn is Vice President for Development at Hebrew SeniorLife. She joined HSL from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was Deputy Chief Development Officer. She also served as a member of the MGH Senior Management Development Team and helped plan and execute all phases of the hospital’s $1.5 billion, multi-year capital campaign.

Katelyn, a graduate of Tufts University and the Boston University School of Law, also served as Executive Director of Development and Director of Planned Giving at MGH and in various development positions at The University Hospital and Boston University. She is the author of four books, including "Invest in Charity: A Donor’s Guide to Charitable Giving."

Kathryn Irvine Tasker, Vice President for Research Administration

Kathryn Irvine Tasker is Vice President for Research Administration at Hebrew SeniorLife. She is responsible for the comprehensive management, promotion and administration of HSL’s world-renowned Institute for Aging Research, the largest gerontological research facility located in a clinical setting. Prior to joining HSL, she served as special programs coordinator in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Division of Gerontology, managing the division’s federal and non-federal grant preparation. She has also served in various roles at Harvard Medical School, from grants and administration coordinator for the Department of Neurobiology to department administrator for the Division on Aging, and as a consultant to the Institute for Aging Research. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Kathy also serves as volunteer treasurer of the nonprofit Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.

Rachel Joslin Whitehouse, Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Planning

Rachel Joslin Whitehouse is responsible for institutional brand management, development communications, sales and marketing of HSL’s health care services and senior living communities, and raising awareness of HSL's Institute for Aging Research. She also manages strategic and annual planning programs as well as employee communications initiatives.

Prior to joining HSL, Rachel was Vice President for Communications and Public Relations at Joslin Diabetes Center. She was an Executive Vice President at Brodeur Worldwide, an international communications consulting firm, and served as Director of Client Service and Business Development for Brodeur’s European operation. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University.

Administrative Leadership

 Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, Director, Religious and Chaplaincy Services

Sara Paasche-Orlow is the Director of Religious and Chaplaincy Services at Hebrew SeniorLife. In this position, she established the nation's only Jewish geriatric clinical pastoral education (CPE) program accredited by ACPE, Inc., and has placed chaplains and CPE students throughout the HSL system. Rabbi Sara was ordained in the Conservative Movement at the Jewish Theological Seminary and has focused her work on serving Jews of all backgrounds and denominations.


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