Movers and Shakers: People and Positions For Week Of April 30, 2010

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JCHE Board Selects Schectman as New President and CEO

Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) announced that Amy Schectman, an accomplished and highly regarded leader in affordable and subsidized housing and development in Massachusetts, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 16, 2010.  Amy currently serves as the Associate Director for Public Housing & Rental Assistance for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) where among her many accomplishments she has led the State’s effort to leverage and attract new funding to preserve and restore public housing units for thousands of low-income families.  She also created a sustainability program to install renewable and high efficiency energy systems and launched the first phase of a major water conservation effort expected to save the state $2 million per year by 2012.  Before that, Amy served as Vice President of Real Estate Development at Hebrew SeniorLife where she managed the permitting and design processes that paved the way for the development of NewBridge, a one million square foot multi-generational mixed-use senior campus.  Previously, she was the Economic Development Officer in the Town of Brookline and her earlier experience included serving as the Director of Program and Administration at The Boston Housing Authority.


“After conducting an extensive national search, Amy stood out because of her unparalleled success working to increase affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents over the course of her remarkable career,” says Merle Grandberg, Chairperson of JCHE’s Board of Directors.  “We are very excited to have someone as highly qualified as Amy lead our organization.  As JCHE continues to grow and expand, it’s critical that we have the expertise necessary to maximize and provide quality housing, innovative programs and supportive services for low income residents.  With nearly 1,000 seniors on our waiting list, Amy’s leadership, background and success in the housing industry will ensure that we meet our goals and continue on our current growth trajectory.”

“I was drawn to this unique opportunity at JCHE to lead one of the nation’s most successful communities in providing quality housing opportunities for low income seniors in a rich environment where residents are actively engaged in programming as well as to ensure the preservation of the properties in Brighton, Newton and soon Framingham.   The JCHE name is well known and synonymous with quality senior housing. In keeping with Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) – I look forward to spreading the word to the broader community,” added Schectman.

Schectman will succeed Ellen Feingold, nationally recognized as an expert in the area of affordable senior housing who is retiring after 28 years of distinguished service as President.  Under Feingold’s leadership, JCHE has grown substantially since its establishment in 1965 as the Jewish community’s response to an affordable housing crisis for seniors.  A farewell party for Ms. Feingold is planned for June. She will assist with the transition in anticipation of Schectman’s arrival in mid-August.  The Ellen Feingold Fund for Resident Services has been established in her honor to preserve and enhance the supportive services that have become JCHE’s hallmark under Ms. Feingold’s leadership.



Senior Living Investment Brokerage Forms Milestone Realty Capital, Inc. with Brown as CEO

Senior Living Investment Brokerage announced that it has formed Milestone Realty Capital with Jeff Brown serving as CEO.  Brown is working with clients of SLIB and others in finding financing solutions for commercial real estate and senior housing projects.


HCP Names J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita as Executive Vice President – General Counsel

HCP (NYSE:HCP) announced that it has hired J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita as Executive Vice President – General Counsel effective May 17, 2010.

Mr. Gonzalez-Pita previously served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Las Vegas Sands Corp., Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Tyson Foods, Inc. and Vice President & General Counsel of BellSouth International. Before that, he was an executive partner at White & Case LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms. Mr. Gonzalez-Pita is presently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, an organization of in-house lawyers with more than 25,000 members in 70 countries.

"We are very pleased that Al is joining our senior management team," said Jay Flaherty, HCP’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "He brings outstanding legal and leadership skills to the Company. Al has over 30 years of experience that will prove to be invaluable as we take HCP to the next level."

Edward J. Henning, the current general counsel, will remain with the Company as an Executive Vice President.

Hawaii Kai Retirement Community Introduces Denise Bilodeau as Assisted Living Administrator

Honolulu resident Denise Bilodeau has been hired as assisted living administrator for Hawaii Kai Retirement Community, located on 23 acres in Hahaione valley with views of Maunalua Bay in Honolulu.  In her role as assisted living administrator, Bilodeau oversees the day-to-day operations of the 81-unit assisted living services within Hawaii Kai Retirement Community.  Prior to joining Hawaii Kai Retirement Community earlier this year, Bilodeau was an independent long-term care/nursing home consultant for various clients, including Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. Previously, Bilodeau worked as a nursing home administrator for Avalon Care Center in Honolulu and Hiolani Care Center at Kahala Nui, and as a social worker at Hale Nani Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She has more than 10 years of experience in all levels of senior care, including assisted living.  Bilodeau earned her bachelor’s degree in social welfare and a master’s in social work, with a gerontology focus, from the University of California, Berkeley.