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Abe’s Garden supports the programmatic and fundraising initiatives of the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the intent of Abe’s Garden to not duplicate the quality services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, but to address the unmet needs of families impacted by Alzheimer’s.

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Beth Zeitlin, Director of Marketing & Development
615.345.9575
bzeitlin@abesgarden.org

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Michael D. Shmerling
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Abe's Garden Photos

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Exterior Courtyard

Exterior Courtyard

Garden Room

Garden Room

Courtyard View

Courtyard View

The Club - Day & Evening Care

The Club

Nature Household

Nature Household

Screened Porch

Screened Porch

Resident Suite

Resident Suite

Resident Suite

Furnished Suite

Abe's Garden Videos

Biographies

Michael Shmerling, Founder and Chairman of the Board

Michael D. ShmerlingAbe’s Garden Founder Michael D. Shmerling is Chairman of Choice Food Group, Inc. (“CFG”), a Nashville, TN based food distribution and manufacturing enterprise employing nearly 300 people in the Nashville area. He is also the Chairman of XMi Holdings, Inc., a locally owned management/consulting company.

A native of Nashville, he began his career as a Certified Public Accountant (“Inactive”) in 1977 with the Nashville office of Ernst & Young, formerly Ernst & Ernst CPAs. Mr.Shmerling has founded or co-founded five (6) businesses since leaving the practice of public accounting, four (4) of which were ultimately sold to publicly traded (NYSE or NASD) companies. He has received numerous Nashville Business Journal Future 50 –as well as INC. 500 Awards for companies in which he was involved.In addition to this recognition, he received the Tennessee Society of CPAs – Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry Award in 1999. In 2007, he was awarded both the Tennessee Society of CPA’s and the American Institute of CPA’s National Public Service Awards. In 2009, he received Community Nashville’s Human Relations Award.

He currently serves on the board of directors of Abe’s Garden, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the United Way of Middle Tennessee, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, The Hermitage, Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation, Renasant Bank (“NASD – RNST”), and HealthStream Inc. (“NASD – HSTM”).

Dr. Andrew Sandler, Chief Executive Officer

Andrew SandlerAndrew Sandler is the Executive Director of Park Manor and Chief Executive Officer of Abe’s Garden. Andrew brings demonstrated leadership to all levels of the organization and is a tremendous asset to the development 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 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 include Advances in Special Education, the Journal of Behavioral Education, The Urban Review and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. His most recent work “American Tragedy: New Orleans Under Water” was published in Callaloo in 2007.