Founded in 2015 and located in Waltham, MA, the Massachusetts Senior and Assisted Living Communities Foundation, Inc. (MASS-SALC Foundation) is a 501 (c ) 3 charitable organization affiliated with the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association, Inc. (MASS-ALA), a 501 (c ) 6 trade association of the assisted living residences in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation supports the work of MASS-ALA through research, education, workforce development and related activities. MASS-SALC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of eleven community leaders. Six of the Directors also serve on the Board of Directors of MASS-ALA, and five are chosen from the assisted living industry, business partners or academic leaders.

Among the projects sponsored by the MASS-SALC Foundation are

  • Economic impact analysis of assisted living in Massachusetts
  • Research and analysis of incidents involving older adults who reside in an assisted living residence
  • Development of training to reduce serious incidents
  • Research in methods to improve the quality of life in assisted living
  • Evaluation of resident, family, workforce, and public attitudes about assisted living in Massachusetts
  • Research in attracting and retaining qualified, caring staff to work in assisted living
  • Sponsoring speakers and programs at MASS-ALA events
  • Research into providing affordable assisted living choices and other issues of importance to assisted living

Richard T. Moore

Secretary/Treasurer, MA SALC

In addition to serving as the Secretary/Treasurer of MASS-SALC, Richard T. Moore is president of the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (MASS-ALA).  Mr. Moore assumed the leadership of the assisted living trade association following a long career in public service and higher education.

MASS-ALA, headquartered in Waltham, is a non-profit association dedicated to professionally operated assisted living residences in Massachusetts that provide housing and services for individuals with varied needs and income levels. Established in 1990 as a state affiliate of the Argentum (formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America), MASS-ALA has grown to hundreds of members including assisted living providers and associated professionals.

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MASS-ALA serves as the voice of assisted living in Massachusetts, providing information and education, and advocating on behalf of member assisted living communities and the seniors they serve. MASS-ALA promotes a model of care which treats all residents with dignity, provides privacy and encourages independence and freedom of choice

During his legislative career, Mr. Moore was among the lead authors of the landmark 2006 Massachusetts health reform law that succeeded in gaining near universal health insurance coverage for Massachusetts residents and was also the lead Senate author of the state’s first-in-the-nation 2012 health care cost containment law.

He was also instrumental in passing legislation for Senior Care Options (SCO), the state’s program to care for so-called dual eligible seniors on both Medicare and Medicaid, legislation to establish the state’s falls prevention program, Prescription Advantage drug assistance program, and Mass Med Line, now known as Pharmacy Outreach operated by MCPHS University under contract with the Executive Office of elder Affairs.

Mr. Moore is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and a member of the 1992 Electoral College. Mr. Moore served as an associate director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Clinton Administration where he earned the Agency’s Distinguished Service Award. He is also a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and a former college administrator having served as associate dean of students at Assumption College in Worcester and Assistant to the president of Bentley University in Waltham.

Mr. Moore is a graduate of Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts and has a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Colgate University, Hamilton in New York. Mr. Moore is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the New England College of Optometry. Mr. Moore and his wife, Joanne, reside in Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Martha N. Chamberlin

Manager of Foundation Affairs

In addition to serving as the Manager of Foundation Affairs, Martha N. Chamberlin is the Membership Manager for MASS-ALA. She brings an extensive 20 plus year career in non-profit fundraising, member services, and donor relations to MASS-SALC.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Martha moved to Denver Colorado in 1988. In Denver she was the director of the City of Denver and the State of Colorado employee’s annual charitable fundraising campaigns. She also served as Member Services Director for Community Health Charities of Colorado.

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Martha was a founding member of the National Council of Federated Campaigns and served as their Vice President for two years. She also served on the Colorado Coalition for Older Americans Board of Directors and the Denver Diversity Council.

Martha moved back to her home state of Massachusetts in 2010 and has been associated with Mass-ALA for the past year and a half.

Martha graduated from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She recently, happily, moved from Wayland to Waltham, Massachusetts and she is fiercely devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox

Members who do not serve on the Mass-ALA Board

James Coughlin


The Northbridge Companies

Thomas W. McMullen

Vice President of Operations / Executive Director

Christopher Heights of Northampton

Attorney Shawn P. Collins

Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Members who serve on the Mass-ALA Board

Edward Blake

Vice President, Operations

Salmon Healthcare

Lillian Glickman

Former Secretary of Elder Affairs

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Nancy Moore

Executive Director of Assisted Living and Adult Day Programs

Lahey Health Continuing Care

Richard T. Moore


Massachusetts Assisted Living Association

Robert Noonan

Senior Living Consultant