Amy Albery, who has served as senior vice president of affordable housing at Wallick Communities, is being promoted to COO as of Sept. 1. The move is an interim step with Albery becoming CEO in fall 2021.

When Albery steps into the top post, current CEO Tom Feusse will become chairman, announced the company. He will remain active with the Ohio-based firm and retain his ownership position.

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Since joining Wallick in 2011, Albery has led two of the company’s five business units—affordable housing operations and asset management. She’s also held a leadership role in a third—development.

“When I joined Wallick, I was drawn to the idea of working for an organization that could change people’s lives through housing, which affects all aspects of a person’s life. What I found was so much more than what I’d ever imagined,” says Albery. “Wallick’s associates are strong, caring, and make a difference. I want to make sure we continue to bring out the best in our associates while growing our organization, furthering our mission, and maintaining our values.”

Wallick’s chief administrative officer as well as leaders of the firm’s senior Living, asset management, and affordable housing operations will report to Albery.

With nearly 1,000 associates, Wallick manages 180 affordable and senior housing communities across the Midwest, having developed and built more than 400 communities throughout its history.

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Feusse says Albery is uniquely qualified to lead the organization.

“I’m excited about this upcoming change for our business,” he says. “After being in my chair for nearly 15 years, I am delighted that we have the opportunity to promote a proven leader from within the firm. Amy will infuse fresh thought and renewed energy in collaboration with our proven leadership team. Amy is clearly the right person to step in. She always starts with what is most important, an intense focus on our customers—our residents—and on our associates. Then she allows the economics to follow.”

Albery earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ashland University as well as completed executive education courses at Harvard Business School. Her volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity and serving on the board and as president of The Woodlands, a nonprofit community resource in Newark, Ohio, which, among other things, operates the local women’s shelter.

She has served as an officer with several real estate and affordable housing associations, most recently serving as a board member and membership committee chair for the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association and vice chair of Grassroots Advocacy for the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA). In 2020, NAHMA recognized her with an Industry Achievement Award for her work advocating both federally and locally for affordable housing.