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.

Dr. Denis Tarrant,
DNP, APN-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Denis Tarrant is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in adult health. As our in-house Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Denis Tarrant brings over 25 years of clinical experience to the Inspīr Integrated Care Team.

Always looking to share his knowledge, Dr. Tarrant continues to inspire students as an adjunct professor at New York University and an associate clinical professor at Rutgers University. In 2014, he was awarded the State Excellence Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in recognition of his work with both patients and professionals in New York State.

Dr. Tarrant earned his master’s degree from New York University and his doctoral degree from Rutgers University. He has demonstrated his passion and dedication to the healthcare field throughout his career. In 2002, he founded Manhattan House Calls, PLLC, New York City’s largest all-nurse practitioner house calls practice that has handled over 50,000 house calls since its inception. Additionally, Dr. Tarrant serves on the Board of Directors for The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State.

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.

Josh Hermano

Executive Chef

As Executive Chef, Josh Hermano brings considerable culinary experience and a true passion for creating dishes that spark the senses and rekindle memories to the Inspīr team. He is responsible for leading his team in delivering an exceptional and indulgent dining experience that prioritizes resident well-being.

After spending over seven years as a chef at multiple senior living communities, Josh comes to us with an innate love for interacting with residents. He believes that listening and patience are both keys to success, and he is masterful in working with individuals’ dietary restrictions and preferences while still creating delicious meals.

Food has been a key part of Josh’s life as far back as he can remember. His early experience of cooking with his family, specifically his grandmother, inspired him from an early age to become a chef. Now that he has found his calling, he truly believes in the adage, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” He couldn’t be happier to be part of the Inspīr community and enjoys providing delicious and comforting food to all the Inspīr residents he serves.

Be sure to keep an eye on the menu for his favorite dish: pomegranate-braised brisket and noodle kugel!

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.

Sloane Limoncelli

Director of Leasing

Sloane Limoncelli has an extensive background in retirement planning and sees her new role as an opportunity to share her knowledge with others in a personally fulfilling way. As Director of Leasing, Sloane helps families make the most of their long-term care plans. She feels it is a great privilege to get to know prospective residents and their families and to help them navigate the complexities surrounding senior living options. 

Bringing more than 20 years of professional management and sales experience to the Inspīr team, Sloane is most excited about being able to provide residents with the chance to live life with purpose and to offer an environment where they’ll be well cared for and can comfortably age in place.

Sloane earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, where she studied marketing and sales. She has diverse work experience that includes time spent as a general sales agent for multiple firms before becoming the Director of Sales at a prominent senior living facility in Massachusetts. Sloane’s skills in Assisted Living and Memory Care, her history of working in the long-term care industry, as well as her passion and leadership ability make her a great fit at Inspīr.

Michelle Rubel

Director of Concierge Services

As Director of Concierge Services, 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.

Ryan Houllier

Director of Housekeeping

As Director of Housekeeping, Ryan Houllier is dedicated to creating an environment and lifestyle that exceeds all expectations for our residents. After growing up as part of a huge family in which both of his parents worked in senior living communities, he is a natural team player who feels that caring for others is just part of his DNA. Ryan’s respect for those he serves is readily apparent as he is more than happy to listen to their stories, understands that their time is precious, and is always discrete and trustworthy when helping residents with the little things that help preserve their dignity.

Ryan’s previous experience shows that he is both driven and always looking to improve on his well-rounded skill set—which includes being a licensed Emergency Medical Responder and holding a General Industry Safety and Health Certification. He spent over 10 years as a facilities manager, learning the ins and outs of keeping residents comfortable and happy before moving on to become the Director of Housekeeping at a well-respected senior living community in New York City. He now looks forward to leading his team in making residents feel well taken care of and proud to call Inspīr home.

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