Executive Leadership

Candace Cramer, CEO


Candace joined Goddard House in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. She brings nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience in nonprofit organizations committed to the delivery of creative, person-centered programming and services. Candace is an energetic and passionate leader, skilled in strategic planning and implementation, program development, fundraising and financial management.

She most recently served as CEO of Sophia Snow Place, a leading senior living community in West Roxbury, MA, with over 150 years of service to the Greater Boston region. Prior to her time at Sophia Snow, she served as Chief Development Officer for Ascentria Care Alliance, an $80M human services organization that provides community service programs and residential services for older adults across New England. She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte Touche and is a certified public accountant. Candace received her MA in Nonprofit Management and her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Her BA, in economics and music, is from Albion College.

As CEO, Candace leads the design, development and implementation of strategic new initiatives, including community partnerships, to enrich the lives of seniors in greater Boston. She will collaborate with the Goddard House Board of Trustees in growing our organization and providing guidance on programs and best practices.

“This is an exciting opportunity to find creative ways to empower older adults to thrive. I look forward to working closely not only with the board and current Goddard House management, but with the larger community to ensure that we are developing programs that truly enhance the lives of our region’s seniors.”

– Candace Cramer, CEO

Carolyn Sandel, Executive Director

Ms. Carolyn Sandel, a locally experienced professional in seniors housing and assisted living, serves as Executive Director of Goddard House Assisted Living.

Carolyn’s Brookline roots go back to her 13 years with Hebrew Senior Life’s Center Communities where she worked with both resident services and property management. While working in Brookline, Carolyn was very involved in the community serving as Executive Board Member for the Brookline Chamber of Commerce and was named 2009 Business Person of the Year.

Most recently Carolyn served as Executive Director of The Arbors Assisted Living in Stoughton, and previously, as Executive Director of the affordably oriented Zelma Lacey House in Charlestown. A licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), Carolyn has degrees from Simmons College and Suffolk University.

Over her career, Carolyn has been recognized for her open communication style, commitment to guiding seniors and their families through an often difficult journey, and a proven track record as a strong leader who supports staff development and embraces creative initiatives. Carolyn’s values align with both the mission of the Goddard House and the values of Senior Living Residences which manages the day to day operations of the community on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

“Residents and staff always inspire me because I can directly see how our work can increase the quality and well being of lives. Because I know that individuals with memory loss can still learn and grow as a person and that every person has a story, I wanted to be able to help individuals with dementia to still grow and continue to enjoy that story.”

– Carolyn Sandel, Executive Director

Meet our Assisted Living team dedicated to providing the best care for our residents