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
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.
Claire Davenport, MD, MS
Dr. Claire Davenport, MD, MS, is a geriatrician, bioethicist, and recent addition to Inspīr’s Integrated Care Team.
As house geriatrician, Dr. Davenport brings to Inspīr a level of care unparalleled by other senior residences. In her role, she provides on-site primary care to enrolled residents, along with geriatric consultations. Working with Mount Sinai, Dr. Davenport is able to maintain the health and wellness of residents without unnecessary hospitalization. She is excited to be on the cutting edge in a new model of senior care and feels gifted that she has the ability to help spearhead such a dramatic change in assisted living.
After spending much of her academic life as a scientist, Dr. Davenport made the shift toward Alzheimer’s care while completing her bioethics masters during her internal medicine residency. This is when she knew she had found her niche and the focus for her career. She looks forward to playing a pivotal role at Inspīr, and in the future of geriatrics overall.
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.
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.
Konstantine “Dino” Sigalas
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.
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.
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.