Candace Cramer, President & CEO
As president and CEO of Goddard House, Candace oversees the strategic direction and operation of its prestigious assisted living residence and memory care neighborhood known for its innovative, holistic cultural and therapeutic programming. She recently spearheaded the development of a strategic plan that focuses on maintaining operational excellence and empowering older adults to thrive.
Candace also leads the development of Goddard House Community Initiatives, a new social enterprise that is bringing participatory arts programming beyond the walls of Goddard House to diverse older adults living in Greater Boston. Current initiatives include a collaboration with the City of Boston to launch Creative Aging Programs designed to engage older adults in art, music, dance and other forms of creative expression while also easing social isolation.
Prior to joining Goddard House, Candace served as CEO of Sophia Snow Place, a senior living community with a 165-year legacy in Greater Boston. Previously she served as Chief Development Officer for Ascentria Care Alliance, a human services organization with over 60 programs and six senior living communities in New England. Candace also has extensive experience in community cultural work, including program design, implementation and management. She began her career with Deloitte, served as a senior manager on multinational engagements, and remains a Certified Public Accountant.
Candace holds an MBA and MA in nonprofit management from the University of Cincinnati and a BA in economics and music from Albion College. She is an accomplished musician whose love of music enhances her interactions with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
“I enjoy leading the design, development and implementation of strategic initiatives, including community partnerships, that enrich the lives of older adults. I work closely with the Goddard House board and management team to grow our innovative organization.”
“I am so fortunate to be a part of this beautiful community. Everyday I get to see new, moving examples of how our work can positively impact the lives of the seniors who choose to live at Goddard House. It is truly inspiring.”
Carolyn Sandel, Executive Director
Carolyn Sandel, a locally experienced professional in seniors housing and assisted living, serves as Executive Director of Goddard House Assisted Living. In this role she oversees the day-to-day management and operations of the community, ensuring that residents have the very best place to call home. Carolyn is passionate about working with seniors and has dedicated her career to helping families discover creative solutions inline with their desire to maintain dignity and as much independence as possible for their loved ones.
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.