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.

The Foundation supports the work of MASS-ALA through research, education, workforce development, and related activities.

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

Members who do not serve on the Mass-ALA Board 

James Coughlin (Chairman)


The Northbridge Companies

Attorney Shawn P. Collins (Director)

Executive Director

Cannabis Control Commission

Edward Blake (Secretary)

Director of Operations

Sunrise Senior Living

Serena Lipton (Director)

Program Curation Manager

National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)

Kristine Martel (Director)

Chief Human Resources Officer

Benchmark Senior Living

Lorie Spencer (Director)

Regional Director of Career Development and Community Hiring, Workforce Planning and Development

Beth Israel Lahey Health

Members who serve on the Mass-ALA Board

Nancy Moore (Director)

Executive Director of Assisted Living and Adult Day Programs

Lahey Health Continuing Care

Brian Doherty (President and Treasurer)

President and CEO

Massachusetts Assisted Living Association