Kathryn Burns of Salem has joined Greater Lynn Senior Services as chief executive officer, and plans to take her new post on March 16.

Burns is currently executive director of Mercy LIFE of Massachusetts, a PACE program in West Springfield and part of Trinity Health of New England. She previously worked as COO of Element Care (formerly Elder Service Plan of the North Shore), and has served as administrator of the Geriatric Care Center and director of geriatric services at Northeast Health Systems at Beverly Hospital.

She holds a master's degree in health care administration from Simmons College.

GLSS employs more than 500 staff members and is the Aging Services Access Point serving Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott.

"This feels like a very logical next step in my career path," Burns said in a statement. "GLSS' 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."