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Meet Our Executive Director

Andrew B. Sandler, Ph.D

Andrew B. Sandler, Ph.DAndrew Sandler is Abe's Garden Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Andrew brings demonstrated leadership to all levels of the organization and is a tremendous asset to the development and growth of Abe's Garden. From his experience as director of an Alzheimer's program, to his understanding of fiscal management and his practice as a therapist, Andrew embodies the skills needed to make Abe's Garden a national model of residential living and day care programs for those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia throughout the United States.

Dr. Sandler's recent experience includes:

  • Assisted living director for Weinberg Community for Senior Living, including its dementia unit and adult day program, in Deerfield, IL.
  • Administrator of Maison Hospitaliere, a skilled nursing community in the French Quarter of New Orleans, LA. After Hurricane Katrina, he stayed with 60 residents and 30 staff members for five days at Maison Hospitaliere until transportation became available for an evacuation to Houston, TX.
  • Directed the Westonian, an assisted living community in Weston, MA and a skilled nursing 41-bed Alzheimer's unit at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Malden, MA.

Dr. Sandler holds three graduate degrees, including a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University, a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of New Orleans, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

Dr. Sandler taught at the University of New Orleans from 2002-2005 and was previously school psychologist for the St. John Parish School Board in Reserve, LA.  He has written numerous journal articles that appeared in publications that includeAdvances in Special Education, the Journal of Behavioral EducationThe Urban Reviewand the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. His most recent work “American Tragedy: New Orleans Under Water” was published in Callaloo in 2007.

Dr. Sandler has served as a board member of the Gulf States Association of Homes and Services for the Aging and as the President of the Alzheimer's Association New Orleans Regional Advisory Committee.