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.

Thamara Barbosa-Tirri

General Manager

As General Manager, Thamara Barbosa-Tirri brings more than a decade of senior living leadership to the Inspīr Carnegie Hill team. Raised by a close-knit extended family and a mother who was a nurse, her passion for serving others developed at an early age. She now credits much of her success to a childhood of experiencing compassion at its core and her strong family values.

Initially inspired to become a teacher, Thamara taught English as a Second Language at a Japanese community center in Hartsdale, New York. But it wasn’t until she had begun working at Maplewood Senior Living that she realized her true passion for working with older adults.

She went on to serve as the Regional Director of Operations for Maplewood Senior Living—and was responsible for post-pandemic recovery and daily operations of the company’s Connecticut shoreline-based communities. Throughout her career, Thamara has been recognized for her strategic and supportive leadership style, her commitment to service excellence and customer satisfaction, as well as her passion for caring for older adults.

At Inspīr, she will be responsible for the oversight of daily operations and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of services at Carnegie Hill. She is thrilled to serve Inspir’s residents and will work hard to encourage family involvement that helps spouses, adult children, grandchildren, and extended relatives share in the vibrant lifestyle their loved ones enjoy.

Thamara holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Iona College and speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and a bit of French.

Sloane Limoncelli

Executive Director

Sloane Limoncelli has an extensive background in retirement planning, and before being recently promoted, she developed strong relationships based on trust as the Director of Leasing at Inspīr. In her new role as Executive Director, her appreciation for the needs of older adults and deep understanding of our philosophy of care will serve her well in delivering the elevated level of service synonymous with the Inspīr experience.  

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 opportunity to live life with purpose and to offer an environment where they’ll be well cared for as they age in place.

Sloane earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, where she studied marketing. She has diverse work experience that includes time spent as a Regional Vice President of Retirement Plans for Merrill Lynch and General Agent of LTC Insurance for Genworth, 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.

Lina Boullai

Assistant General Manager

As Assistant General Manager, Lina Boullai works in close collaboration with the General Manager and Executive Director to ensure that we fulfill our promise to deliver first-rate service and innovative care that elevates every aspect of our residents’ lives. Born and raised in Marrakech, Morocco, Lina’s love for family and caring for older adults began early, as some of her favorite memories were the summers she spent with her grandparents. This passion will assist her in bringing a new level of attention to the experiences our residents have with their families.

Before joining Inspīr, Lina gained considerable experience in the hospitality field, working in some of New York’s most luxurious hotels. From there, she went on to organize and coordinate over 300 multi-day conferences for major multi-million-dollar companies. Today, Lina is hard at work planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating the improvement of program services, management of staff, and the delivery of high-quality service Inspīr is known for. She couldn’t be more excited to utilize her strengths in hospitality and care to elevate the lifestyles of each and every resident.

Dr. Dorette Lewis-Senior, RN, ND

Senior Director of Integrated Care

As Senior Director of Integrated Care, Dr. Dorette Lewis-Senior, affectionately known as “Dr. Dorette,” oversees the execution of Inspīr’s signature Integrated Care Model, which provides superior resident care and clinical service delivery throughout the assisted living, memory care, and enhanced care programs. Dr. Dorette’s passion for leadership and teaching has helped her mentor young adults, become a sought-after public speaker, and will be invaluable to her in her new role.

She joins Inspīr, having spent over 30 years working in the field of Health & Wellness. Her experience includes acting as the Resident Services Director at Maplewood Senior Living’s Darien, CT, community, where she showcased her dedication to providing the best care possible. Today, she looks forward to leading her talented team in delivering the elevated level of personalized care that Inspīr is known for while continuing to extend her core values of respect, kindness, integrity, and persistence to both residents and their families.

Dr. Dorette earned her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from The University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, a Master of Science degree in Acupuncture from The Acupuncture Institute at The University of Bridgeport, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York.

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.

Matthew Ventura

Executive Chef

As Executive Chef, Matthew Ventura brings considerable culinary experience and a true love for preparing food to the Inspīr team. He is responsible for leading his team in honing their skills, utilizing seasonal ingredients, and working with residents to elevate every menu.

Food has been a key part of Matthew’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. In fact, every job he has ever had has involved food. He has worked for the Food Network as a production assistant and assistant food stylist and has had the pleasure of working with chefs such as Marcus Samuelson, Bobby Flay, and Alex Guarnaschelli. Matthew began working in the senior living industry five years ago and has never looked back.

Working at Inspir has been personally rewarding in ways that other experiences have not. Growing up Matthew spent a lot of time with his grandparents and has developed a deep appreciation for the knowledge that can be gained through shared life experiences. He has enjoyed recreating favorite family recipes for residents and witnessing the joy it brings to them. He strives to offer residents a culinary experience that is nothing short of exceptional – one that nourishes the mind, body, and soul. And most importantly, one that he would be proud to offer his own grandparents.

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

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events

As Director of Strategic Partnerships and Events, 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. This extensive experience will come in handy in her new role, as Michelle will be responsible for building new relationships and partnerships that will further elevate the service offered at Inspīr.

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 spends her time finding new ways to elevate the exclusive Inspīr brand and evolve our mission and vision. She looks forward to using her experience interacting with discerning older adults to help her connect even more people with the senior living experience they deserve.