Our Leadership

Meet Hebrew SeniorLife's highly dedicated and committed staff and volunteer leadership team.

Steven H. Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO
HSL President and CEO Dr. Steven Landers

Dr. Steven H. Landers became president and CEO of Hebrew SeniorLife in July 2023. He is a practicing physician, certified in family medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. Dr. Landers is also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and holds an appointment as clinical associate professor of medicine and community health at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a recognized leader and advocate for improving care for older Americans.   
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Melissa B. Tearney, Board Chair
Hebrew SeniorLife Board Chair Melissa Tearney

Melissa Tearney has been a volunteer leader at Hebrew SeniorLife for more than 25 years, including joining the Board in 2008 and serving in such roles as Board Secretary, Chair of the Governance and Conflicts Committees, and member of the Campaign Steering, Development, Audit, and Compliance Committees. 

Melissa is a Partner in the Government Enforcement & Compliance Practice Group at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, an international law office based in Boston. As Co-Chair of Choate’s Litigation Department, Melissa was named a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and a “2016 Woman of Influence” by the Boston Business Journal. She has also made the list of Super Lawyers in Massachusetts, an annual ranking of outstanding lawyers nominated through peer recognition and achievement. She has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA. With 30 years of experience, Melissa helps clients ranging from start-ups to global companies navigate investigations and the development and implementation of effective compliance measures and programs. 

Melissa earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from Harvard University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services and Camp Bauercrest, and is a trustee at Thayer Academy and co-chairs their capital campaign.

2023-2024 Board of Directors

Melissa Bayer Tearney, Chair  
Richard J. Henken, Chair Elect  
Jay L. Webber, Vice Chair  
Marsha R. Cohen, Treasurer and Secretary  
Harrison Bane  
Howard E. Cohen  
Thomas J. DeSimone  
Jeffrey D. Drucker  
Jane C. Edmonds  
Todd B. Finard  
Steven Flier, M.D.  
Reese Genser  
Harold G. Kotler  
Hinda L. Marcus  
Julie Rosen*  
David Rosenthal, M.D.  
Susan Florence Smith  
Roberta S. Weiner  
Ellen Zane  
Mark Zeidel, M.D.

* ex officio

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Leadership in Action

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