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July 8, 2020
Kathryn C. Burns Is Now CEO of Greater Lynn Senior Services
Kathryn C. Burns
Kathryn C. Burns
February 24, 2020 — Greater Lynn Senior Services, a Lynn-based nonprofit that provides a range of home and community-based services and supports to older adults, people living with disabilities, and their caregivers, last week announced that Kathryn C. Burns has been named chief executive officer.

Burns succeeds Paul Crowley, who took a leave of absence in September and subsequently announced his retirement at the end of October. Valerie Parker Callahan, director of planning and development at Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS), had been serving as interim CEO.

“Kathy’s career has largely focused on improving the quality of in-home care and healthcare delivery for older adults with complex medical needs, which fits perfectly with our mission of helping people facing significant health and social challenges to remain living independently, safely and with dignity,” noted John Baker, GLSS board president. “Obviously, this was one of the major reasons for her selection, in addition to her 20 years of proven experience in nonprofit management and healthcare administration.”

The organization said her familiarity with the local community and nonprofit network in Lynn and surrounding communities was also a strong factor considered by the board.

Callahan said, “I think I can speak for the entire senior leadership team when I say that we are all very happy with the board’s choice.”

Burns most recently served as executive director of Mercy LIFE of Massachusetts PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elders). Earlier, she served as senior vice president and executive director of Elder Service Plan Harbor Health, and as administrator of the Geriatric Care Center and director of Geriatric Services at Northeast Health Systems at Beverly Hospital.

“This feels like a very logical next step in my career path,” Burns said of her appointment to oversee GLSS, which currently employs 500. “GLSS’s current focus on expanding its consumer base and territory, and working more closely with the medical community to deliver long-term services and supports, will bring many of my past experiences together in a new and exciting way.”

Burns holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College in Boston and a

Burns earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and management from Saint Mary’s College, and a master's degree in health care administration from Simmons College. In addition, she completed the Leadership Strategies for Evolving Healthcare Executives program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2018, Burns has served on the board of the Caleb Foundation, a local nonprofit that develops secure, stable, and supportive affordable housing throughout New England for low-income people and families.

GLSS is an Aging Services Access Points, private, nonprofit, state-designated agencies under contract with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide seniors and caregivers with access to a variety of programs and services. It serves Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus, and Swampscott, providing home care, meals, transportation, advocacy, long-term services, and supports.
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