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LEADERSHIP TEAM | 2LIFE COMMUNITIES | BRIGHTON, MA

Dedicated. Innovative. Mission-driven.

2Life Communities is led by a highly skilled group of thoughtful, seasoned professionals who make every decision with the well-being of Boston-area senior adults in mind.
 

Corporate Leadership

Amy Schectman

President & CEO
Amy is that rare leader who uses both sides of her brain to the fullest, combining an analytical approach to problem-solving with a creative spark that leads to breakthrough solutions. Undergirding it all is her deep commitment to social justice—a commitment that has guided Amy through decades of work in the public and nonprofit sectors to advance affordable housing, economic development, and...

Lizbeth Heyer

Vice President
For Lizbeth, ensuring everyone has a safe, affordable home is her life’s work. She has more than 35 years of nonprofit and public sector experience in affordable housing development, planning, policy, and advocacy. Since joining us in 2014, Lizbeth has led our growth and innovation initiatives, developing and modernizing more than 1,000 subsidized apartments; launching Opus, our new middle-market...

Karen Edlund

Chief Financial Officer
Karen has more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of finance, affordable housing, and real estate. This expertise is an invaluable resource in her role as chief financial officer for 2Life Communities. Karen has significant experience in tax credit housing and investment finance. She is a past president of the Boston chapter of Financial Executives International, a board...

Emily Levine

Chief of Staff
Emily brings an extensive background in legislative policy and advocacy to her position as chief of staff. She drives our broader strategic initiatives and external policy work, including overseeing 2Life’s Aging in Community Collaborative. Before joining 2Life, Emily served as the director of policy and advocacy at Horizons for Homeless Children. She developed legislation and advocated to secure...

Henry Korman

General Counsel
Advocating for safe and affordable housing for all has been a central theme of Henry’s legal career for over three decades. Since Henry joined 2Life Communities in 2020, we have benefited from his diverse experience in affordable housing development, civil rights, and a wide range of regulatory compliance matters. Throughout his career, Henry has represented state agencies, municipalities, for...

Sharon Adams Brooks

Chief Marketing Officer
Telling the world about 2Life Communities’ unique approach to aging in community is what motivates Sharon every day. As chief marketing officer, she is responsible for implementing our branding, marketing communications, and sales protocols to help drive our continued growth as we expand beyond affordable housing into market-rate communities serving middle-income consumers. Sharon’s career in...

Susan Appelbaum

Chief Development Officer
Susan is a well-known and well-respected figure in the regional non-profit world. With more than 30 years of non-profit fundraising, communications, and management experience both inside and outside the Jewish community, she has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in creating and running successful advancement departments. Key to her effectiveness are the many relationships she has forged with...

Elijah Lapson

Chief Technology Officer
While technology has changed considerably over the past quarter century, Elijah’s goal of tapping the power of information to help others has not. Over more than 25 years managing enterprise systems, he has provided expert leadership to information technology teams. At 2Life Communities, Elijah applied his expertise to help meet the challenge of the pandemic, including a mobile device lending...

Janet Freed

Director of Human Resources
Janet has always been enthusiastic about working to deliver happiness and provide the best place for employees to work. She has spent almost two decades in the human resources arena in the non-profit and music technology fields. Her commitment to creating a supportive, people-first environment has led to her employers being named to The Boston Globe Top 100 Places to Work list seven times in the...

Deborah Cutler, LICSW

Director of Programs and Healthcare Integration
Debbi is passionate about combating ageism and the belief that one’s age is something to hide. She believes wrinkles, gray hair and age spots are badges of honor that should be embraced. That belief has guided her more than 30-year career combining social work services focused on older adults with experience in program development and management in affordable, supportive housing, including...

Allison Daskal Hausman

Director of Communications
Throughout her career, Allison has focused on communications strategy and storytelling as a means to initiate and support social change. Prior to joining 2Life Communities in 2021, Allison created and produced The Pledge Podcast to share inspiring stories of women's political engagement. She previously served as director of communications and engagement at Education Resource Strategies (ERS)...

Community Executive Directors

Betsy Closs

Executive Director, Shillman House
Betsy has dedicated her professional career to helping people live their own lives in the manner that work bests for them. As executive director of Shillman House since 2017, she has actively pursued that mission every day. Prior to joining 2Life Communities, Betsy served in a variety of roles supporting people with disabilities. She directed the Disability Inclusion Initiative at Combined Jewish...

Denise Hamilton

Executive Director, Brighton Campus
As executive director at our largest campus, Denise is a true “servant leader,” focusing on building relationships of mutual respect with staff and with residents and their families. A skilled multi-tasker and proven builder of high-performing teams, Denise has more than 25 years of experience as a licensed clinician, director, and executive team member in well-known non-profit human service...

Cindy Katzeff

Executive Director, Brown Family House
For Cindy, finding creative ways to meet our residents’ needs and desires is a joyous pursuit. She has a talent for overcoming formidable challenges, which she demonstrated by orchestrating the move-in at the Brown Family House when it opened in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. ARM Certified (Accredited Residential Manager), Cindy joined 2Life Communities in 2014, bringing experience in both...

Myra Marshall

Executive Director, Golda Meir House
For Myra, creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diverse backgrounds of residents and staff is a priority. Her leadership in this area led to Golda Meir House receiving in 2014 an Exemplary Elderly Property Award from the New England Affordable Housing Management Association. Myra has a passion for working with older adults and a strong commitment to building a warm, engaging, and...

Robin Nasson

Executive Director, Coleman House
Robin has been an integral part of Coleman House since 1996, providing both leadership and companionship to the residents and staff. She has spent virtually her entire career at 2Life Communities, beginning with her graduate school internship. Before taking on the role of Executive Director, she served as group services coordinator at our Brighton Campus and as resident services coordinator at...

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Sacks
Board Chair

Jeff Sacks is a leading community development attorney. His clients include large community development corporations, senior housing providers and housing authorities as well as a variety of large institutional service providers. Jeff often represents nonprofit organizations that are embarking on major real estate projects that allow their organizations to deliver their services in new and innovative ways. He works with his clients in using federal low-income housing and historic tax credits to develop affordable housing and mixed-use developments. 
 
Jeff has also worked with a range of public housing authorities to transform of some of the most outdated public housing projects in the Commonwealth into new and vital communities that continue to serve their low-income residents. He served as a public housing authority commissioner for more than 20 years and, in 2013, worked on new legislation in Massachusetts to modernize and reform the Commonwealth’s public housing system. Much of Jeff’s nonprofit work involves advising nonprofit boards of directors about the most efficient and effective legal and financial approaches for fulfilling their corporate missions. 
 
Jeff served as the first chair of the Newton Community Preservation Committee and has worked with that program for more than ten years. This unique state and local partnership provides funding exclusively for community housing, open space preservation, historic preservation and recreation facilities in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
 

President & CEO
Amy Schectman

Treasurer
Norman Posner

Clerk
David Zaltas

Policy Board
Donald Bloch
Laura Efron
Lynne Elfland
Howard Furman
Robert Gifford
Catharyn Gildesgame
Stacy Goodman
Merle Grandberg
Donna Kalikow
Bernard Kaplan
Wendy Kraft
Paul Levy
Noah Maslan
Edward Saxe
Adam Scott
Bill Shaevel
Harold Stahler
Candace Steingisser
David Trietsch
Harold Tubman

Emeritus
Lenore Asher*
Mickey Cali*
Irwin Chafetz
Joan Cutler*
Ellen Feingold
Robert Helman
Clifton Helman*
Rudolph Kass*
Irma Schretter
Mildred Guberman Kravetz
Norman Leventhal*
Paul Rosenberg*
Melvin Scovell
Marc Slotnick*
Stephen P. Snyder
Alan Solomont
Peter Ulin*
Elaine Werby*
George Wolfe*
 

*of blessed memory