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.

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Sylvie Fayolle

General Manager

Sylvie Fayolle was born in France, studied in the UK, and eventually found her home in New York, where she has resided for the past 24 years. She holds a Master of Science in International Hotel Management from the University of Surrey, UK, and earned a certificate in Hotel Real Estate and Asset Management from Cornell University.

Sylvie’s international exposure has led her to become a highly accomplished hotel general manager with more than 20 years of leadership expertise, delivering world-class guest experiences in luxury-branded and independent hospitality environments. Always driven to provide the best possible experience to those she serves, Sylvie places her focus on guest satisfaction—always. This passion is what led her to Inspīr Carnegie Hill.

Sylvie’s luxury hospitality background brings a fresh perspective to senior living and delivers a truly transformative experience that exceeds every dimension of senior care for residents and their families.

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Marijo Smith,
MSN, BSN, ADN, RN

Senior Director of Integrated Care

Marijo Smith believes in the power of exceptional care. It’s a philosophy that she champions in her work as Senior Director of Integrated Care at Inspīr, where she leads an interdisciplinary team through the complexities of caring for seniors.

Marijo brings with her more than 30 years of experience, having served as a clinician, educator, manager, and leader across the medical field. She has developed her expertise in a variety of hospital, community, and home health settings.

At Inspīr, Marijo continues to share her philosophy. She is responsible for overseeing the execution of Inspīr’s signature Integrated Care Model by guaranteeing superior resident care and clinical service delivery throughout the assisted living, memory care, and enhanced care programs. Working with her talented team and Inspīr’s partners, she ensures that every resident has a highly individualized care plan, and that the services delivered meet Inspīr’s high standards of excellence.

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Francis Gonzales-Gottlieb, BSN, RN

Associate Director of Resident Care

Francis Gonzales-Gottlieb has dedicated his life to learning about healthcare innovation for seniors. He comes to Inspīr with deep knowledge of the nursing field, having served as a clinical nurse educator throughout New York City’s five boroughs. He holds more than five years of experience in healthcare leadership, most recently acting as Assistant Director of Nursing for a multi-state nursing and rehabilitation facility.  

Francis’ drive for understanding more about the long-term care industry led him to CUNY, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, where he is currently studying to earn a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Gerontology.

Francis devotes his time and passion to perfecting his knowledge of long-term care and empowering other aspiring young professionals in the field. 

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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.

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Susanne Bengtsson,
LMSW, CDP

Oceana Program Director

Susanne Bengtsson 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, Susanne 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, Susanne also guides and educates associates on practices that enhance residents’ independence and quality of life. 

Susanne joins Inspīr from sister company Maplewood Senior Living, where she most recently held the position of Executive Director at the Darien community. She first joined Maplewood in 2014 as Memory Care Director at the same location, a role in which she worked for nearly three years.

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Giovanni Maffei

Executive Chef

Chef Giovanni Maffei grew up in an Italian family, where he learned at an early age that quality ingredients are an essential part of good living. As a child, he watched his mom, a butcher, prepare pastas, vegetables, and meals from scratch. His father, a master carpenter, always had a garden where the family would grow all the vegetables consumed throughout the summer, and tomatoes, which would be carefully turned into sauce for the winters.

Giovanni has more than 25 years of experience in the culinary world and a successful history of working in the hospitality industry. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of culinary services, including personnel and financial performance as well as planning.

Giovanni is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and has worked at notable restaurants, including Adour by Alain Ducasse, Andaz 5th Avenue, Hyatt hotels, Mondrian Soho, and, most recently, the Allegria Hotel in New York.

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Konstantine “Dino” Sigalas

Chief Engineer

Best known as “Dino,” Konstantine Sigalas brings to Inspīr his extensive experience in engineering, security, and construction. 

As Chief Engineer, Dino is responsible for facility operations, residence safety, and security management. He also specializes in construction and project management, ensuring Inspīr is in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. Dino and his team maintain Inspīr’s high-quality operations standards—allowing residents to thrive in their new home. 

In recent years, Dino has held the position of Director of Engineering at both The Surrey and The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, the latter at which he received the award for Fairmont Leader of the Year. As a fully licensed general contractor in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, Dino has valuable experience in plumbing, HVAC, electrical, carpentry, and flooring.

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