Dr. Gary K. Wallace, CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Gary K. Wallace is the CEO/Executive Director of the Lowell Housing Authority, Wallace began his career at the LHA as a property manager in 1987 and has worked in various upwardly mobile positions culminating with his appointment as CEO/Executive Director in 2002.
The Lowell Housing Authority has an annual operating budget of over $12 M, a capital fund of $3 M and a $10 M Section 8 Voucher Program and serves thousands of low-moderate income elders, families and people with special needs.
Dr. Wallace is a proven dynamic leader with comprehensive operations and project management skills in a governmental environment. Dr. Wallace has consistently demonstrated the ability to optimize human/material and financial resources, has strong strategic planning, analytical, communication and problem-resolution skills. He is able to elicit cooperation from diverse groups to accomplish common objectives. His work at the agency has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for integrity and commitment to affordable housing, dignity and self-sufficiency. Wallace and the agency have been accredited and designated "high performer" status for 10 consecutive years.
Additionally, Dr. Wallace serves as President of two non profits, The Lowell Housing Youth Activities Program, Inc, which provides annually through private donations over $20,000 in college scholarship to low-moderate income youth in the LHA's housing programs, as well as supports other youth enrichment projects. Wallace is president and founder of Operation Returning Veterans, whose mission is to help facilitate comprehensive services for post 9/11 returning veterans. ORV raises private funds for the development of affordable housing, removes barriers to employment such as transportation, clothing, education and skills training in the Merrimack Valley.
Gary Wallace has earned a Doctorate degree in Law and Policy from Northeastern University, an MPA from Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School, B.A. in Liberal Arts from University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Associate of Science degree from Newbury College.
Dr. Wallace holds certifications in Public Housing Management, Procurement and Contracting, and other professional development courses.
Wallace is a member of MA NAHRO, NAHRO, Middlesex Community College Foundation, International Society of Law and Policy, American Society of Public Administrators.
Mary Ann Maciejewski – Assistant Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer
Mary Ann has over 30 years of housing experience, having joined the Lowell Housing Authority in 1982. She served as the Family Self Sufficiency Program Coordinator as well as the Division Director of Leased Housing Programs before becoming part of the Executive Team. She received a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She is a certified Public Housing Manager and Certified Leased Housing Program Manager. She currently serves on the board of Breyere Gardens, an independent living program at D'Youville Senior Care Center. She formerly served on the boards of Alternative House and Suitability in Lowell.
Adam Garvey – Chief Financial Officer
Adam Garvey joined the Lowell Housing Authority in May of 2008. Prior to that, Adam provided financial consulting services to many public housing authorities throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Lowell. Adam holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University.
Adam currently directs and oversees all functions of the Finance and Procurement Departments that include cash management, financial accounting and reporting, payroll, budgeting, expense analysis, contract administration, and public procurement. The goal of the CFO and the Finance Department is to promote and ensure the financial health and well-being of the Authority.
Adam also sits on the Finance Sub-Committee, the Designer Selection Committee and Chairs the Safety Committee.
Jim Novello - Procurement Compliance Officer/Chief Procurement Officer
Jim Novello comes to the Lowell Housing Authority with over 20 years of procurement and property/asset management experience in the private and public sector. Jim holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Boston College, as well as a Masters in Business Administration.
Lynda J. Clark - Executive Secretary
Lynda joined the LHA in October 2014 as the Executive Assistant to the Director. Prior to joining the LHA, Lynda was the Executive Assistant to former City Manager Bernie Lynch and former CFO, Tom Moses. She is a resident of Lowell and currently serves as the Chair of the Salvation Army of Greater Lowell Advisory Board.
Jonathan Goldfield - Director of Capital Planning and Facilities
Mr. Goldfield holds a Juris Doctor (Massachusetts School of Law), Master in Public Administration (Suffolk University), and B.A., Mass Communications (University of Hartford). He is admitted as an Attorney to the Massachusetts Bar and the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.
Tha O. Chhan - Division Director Leased Housing
Tha Chhan joined the Agency in 1988 and briefly served as a Clerk/Interpreter before being appointed as a Housing Inspector in 1989. He was later promoted in 2002 to the position of Assistant Division Director for Public and Leased Housing Programs where he served for six years. In 2008,Tha was appointed Division Director for the Division of Leased Housing Programs and currently serves in that position. He has an MSW degree from Boston University and a BS degree from Franklin Pierce College. He holds certifications as a Housing Specialist since 2001 and a Public Housing Manager Certification since 2001. He is also fluent in the Cambodian language.Tha received a citation from the Mayor of Lowell, Patrick O. Murphy on October 7th, 2012 for his contributions to the Cambodian community of Lowell.
Kevin Forsley - Public Housing Program Administrator
Kevin has over 16 years of public housing authority experience. He joined the Lowell Housing Authority staff in 1996 as Public Safety Officer/Dispatcher. Several years later he became the LHA’s Public Safety Officer/Constable responsible for serving of legal notices and executions. He received a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and an A.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell. He is a NAHRO Certified Public Housing Manager and holds a Real Estate Broker’s License in Massachusetts. Kevin also has his Housing Specialist Certification. In addition to his position at the LHA, Kevin is a Property Manager/Broker with Forsley Real Estate and has over 13 years experience managing private multi-unit property management. He is currently a member of the LHA’s Public Safety Committee.