Our Team

The Inspīr Carnegie Hill team is dedicated to creating an environment and lifestyle that exceeds all expectations for our residents. We work with Forbes Travel Guide, the world-renowned authority on Five-Star service, to ensure our associates deliver the highest level of excellence to each and every one of our residents. We are proud to uphold the luxury standards set forth by Forbes Travel Guide and believe that this service is at the core of our purposeful, transformational philosophy.

Virginia Kane McKenna,
MS, Gerontology

General Manager

As General Manager, Virginia Kane McKenna brings more than 20 years of senior living leadership to the Inspīr Carnegie Hill team. Virginia’s close bond with her grandparents and enjoying stories and history from their unique perspectives are what initially sparked her passion for working with seniors. Today, she is eager to meet with the residents at Inspīr, hear their stories, and lead the community to continued success.

Virginia earned her master’s degree in Gerontology from Hofstra University, where she studied the aging process and learned how to anticipate seniors’ mental, social, and physical needs. She also has rich work experience serving as both an Executive Director and a General Manager at a luxury senior living community in NYC. Her leadership, team building, organization, and sales experience are what make her the perfect fit as General Manager at Inspīr.

Virginia is immensely proud of her relationship with her three daughters, extended family, friends, and colleagues. She believes that strong relationships are paramount to success in the senior living field and her professional and personal life. Her drive to continue to grow aligns perfectly with Inspīr’s mission to deliver an inspirational level of service and care for our residents—each and every day.

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Molly Fisher, LCSW

Director of Program Innovation and Education

Molly Fisher is passionate about helping others live a fulfilled life. She finds her most rewarding work in building creative programming and opportunities for socialization and education, as well as teaching clinical techniques to staff that improve the quality of services being provided within the populations they serve. 

Molly comes to Inspīr from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), where she worked to better educate individuals on a national level to build quality of life and support meaningful living for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Beyond training more than 10,000 professionals during her tenure at AFA, she was instrumental in creating and executing numerous educational and social programs provided to professionals and families in New York City. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from American University and a master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. 

As the Director of Program Innovation and Education, Molly works in close collaboration with Inspīr’s Integrated Care Team to build innovative programs and provide education, resources, and support to residents, families, and care professionals.

Ellen Finney, LMSW

Director of Memory Care

Ellen Finney is a seasoned senior care professional who brings passion and empathy to her role at Inspīr. She is responsible for curating the high standard of service for residents with dementia or cognitive impairments as part of Inspīr’s all-inclusive Memory Care Program: Oceana.

As Oceana Program Director, Ellen champions Inspīr’s evidence-based approach to helping residents thrive at any stage of dementia. This includes intentional living through Inspīr’s Nine Core Elements, such as brain health, laughter, and movement and mobility. An integral part of the care team, Ellen also guides and educates associates on practices that enhance residents’ independence and quality of life.

As Director of Memory Care, Ellen brings extensive experience in public education, social work, and senior lifestyle and programming. Growing up, Ellen spent a lot of time with her grandmother, who taught her a great deal about kindness, compassion, and the value of treating people with dignity as they age. Ellen is excited to be joining Inspīr as the community is in its infancy, and she’ll be able to get to know the residents and their families as it builds around them.

Ellen received her Master’s of Social Work in Gerontology and Community Organizing from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Laurie Thomas

Director of Leasing

As Director of Leasing, Laurie Thomas brings to Inspīr a passion to help each person she encounters live their best life, regardless of what their needs may be. She strives to match every prospective resident with the uniquely gratifying experience they deserve and the unparalleled care and support they need, when they need it.

She understands the difficulties that families face when searching for the right place to take care of a loved one and helps individuals overcome these challenging times with grace and tact. She has established an unmatched sense of trust by taking the time to listen to, understand, and provide guidance for each prospective member of the community and their families.

Laurie’s experience in sales and marketing for Maplewood Senior Living, Ridgefield Apartments, DKNY, and Duty Free International has helped develop her understanding of people’s needs and how to solve for them. Having spent much of her career in New York City, she has also gained a valuable breadth of insight into the lifestyle our residents expect from the community.

Michelle Rubel

Concierge Services Manager

As Concierge Services Manager, Michelle Rubel brings a passion for luxury hospitality—an integral part of our vision for care and services. With more than 25 years spent living in NYC, Michelle thrives off the city’s energy and has a comprehensive knowledge of what it has to offer. From new restaurants to tickets to the hottest Broadway shows, her skill at finding what people want most makes her a key member of our team.

Michelle comes to us with a wealth of experience in the senior living field and beyond. She spent eight years thinking on her feet as an event director for Hearst Communications and Condé Nast Publications. From there, she continued to hone her skills as the Principal at a high-level care facility in New York City. Today, Michelle finds great joy in coming up with new ideas and solutions that provide our residents with the amenities and one-of-a-kind experiences they deserve.

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