This Work is Our Vocation and it is an Honor

Inspirit’s leadership includes some of the nation’s most respected experts whose reputations and commitment to excellence are transforming the experience of senior living. Inspirit communities integrate the best medical and physical care into vibrant settings that foster joy—the joy of living your best.

Leadership Team

Inspirit’s leadership includes some of the nation’s most respected experts whose reputations and commitment to excellence are transforming the experience of senior living. Inspirit communities integrate the best medical and physical care into vibrant settings that foster joy—the joy of living your best.


President and
Chief Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave McHarg founded Inspirit to fulfill an ambitious vision: the transformation of the experience of aging in this country. Dave’s deeply held belief is that every human being has dreams to pursue—and gifts to share—at every stage of life. The Inspirit family of properties directly reflects Dave’s commitment to a senior care experience that infuses new energy, vigor, and sense of purpose into its residents’ lives.

Dave’s vision has been honed through almost 30 years of experience as a senior executive with regional and national senior living companies. Prior to founding Inspirit, Dave held progressively responsible leadership positions at Greenfield Senior Living, a regional provider headquartered in Falls Church, (VA), ultimately serving as Greenfield’s president and chief operating officer. Under Dave’s leadership, Greenfield grew from two local facilities to more than 20 facilities serving more than 1,300 residents in six states (VA, MD, PA, NJ, TN, and TX).

As Greenfield grew, so did Dave’s reputation for transforming under-performing facilities into thriving communities. He brings an unusual mix of gifts to the table, embracing a visionary understanding of what the resident’s experience should be and combining that vision with the drive and the skills to attract investment, run successful businesses, and turn dreams into reality.

Before joining Greenfield, Dave had been executive director of a large Sunrise Senior Living community in Alexandria, Virginia. His commitment to delivering quality program activities, enhancing facility amenities, and nurturing top quality staff filled the facility to capacity and earned him the Chairman’s Club award for “best performing Sunrise mansion.”

Dave began his healthcare career working for an acute rehabilitation hospital, then expanded into subacute rehabilitation within the skilled nursing home setting. Raised in Bermuda, Dave received a degree in business administration from Eastern University.


Chief Financial Officer

Sam Zarrabinia is Inspirit’s leader on all matters related to financial strategy. He is responsible for structuring acquisition transactions, crafting tax strategy, mitigating risk, and creating financial projections and reports. He also supports CEO Dave McHarg in managing relationships with Inspirit’s investors.

Sam’s professional experience for more than a decade has focused on providing the best innovative solutions. Prior to joining Inspirit, he worked in a series of progressively responsible management positions for Snyder Cohn, one of the Washington, DC area’s leading certified public accountancy and financial advisory firms. At Snyder Cohn, Sam worked with businesses in the hospitality, health care and real estate industries. He advised his clients in various areas of tax law, and provided expert consultation on mergers and acquisitions, interest transfers, and financial reporting.

Sam is a certified public accountant and received a master’s in taxation from the Kogod School of Business at The American University in Washington, DC. He strives to make every day the best day lived and hopes to achieve the same for our resident’s lives.


Regional Operations Specialist

As Regional Operations Director, Amy Kehrer leads critical functions including human resources, facilities management, procurement, regulatory compliance, and contracts administration. She also works closely with CEO Dave McHarg on Inspirit’s expansion plans and advises on investor relations issues and corporate communications.

Prior to joining the Inspirit team, Amy served as vice president for operations for the Autumn Group, a senior living management company based in her home state of Pennsylvania. She began her career in long-term care as the marketing and admissions coordinator with HCR Manor Care when the first assisted living community was built in her hometown.

Over the course of more than 30 years working in senior care, Amy has been responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations at assisted living communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia. Her broad geographic experience, proven leadership, and shared commitment to Inspirit’s values make her a valued member of the senior executive leadership team.

Amy’s focus is on providing hands-on support, guidance, and direction to Inspirit Senior Living at both the headquarters level and to each Inspirit community to achieve personal, community, regional, and corporate business goals. She received a nursing degree from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Personal Care Home Administrator.

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Michael D. Gross

Regional Director of Operations​

As Regional Operations Director, Michael leads critical functions including human resources, facilities management, procurement, regulatory compliance, and contracts administration. He also works closely with CEO Dave McHarg to implement Inspirit’s expansion plans and advises on investor relations issues and corporate communications.

Prior to joining the Inspirit team, Michael served in various leadership roles over the past 18 years within the long-term care continuum. In 2002 he began his career working for Hillsborough County Developmental Center as House Director, where he was responsible for the overall care of 20 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tampa, Florida. In 2003 he started his Senior Care career when he accepted the position of Resident Service Director at The Palms of Largo, a Continuum Care Retirement Community located in Largo, Florida. In this position he found his passion for Seniors and never looked back!

As a native to Pennsylvania Michael moved back to his hometown of Pittsburgh in 2005. Through the years, Michael continued to build on his senior living experience. He held positions in his hometown such as Resident Service Director for Chartier’s Manor Personal Care Home and Social Service Coordinator for UPMC Seneca Place Skilled Nursing Home prior to obtaining his Pennsylvania Personal Care Home Administrators Certificate from Penn State Beaver in 2009. In 2010 he became Executive Director of Woodcliffe Manor Assisted Living a 41-bed facility. In his desired to gain even more experience in operations, Michael accepted the role of Executive Director at Washington Commons Personal Care Home a 95-bed facility in 2012. His leadership skills, focused attention on operational excellence, unique marketing skills, and his commitment to Inspirit’s values make him a natural and valued addition to our senior executive leadership team.

Michaels gifts for team building, and leadership, and his deep conviction to building a culture of resident satisfaction, are dedicated to creating an unparalleled experience for each Inspirit resident and business success for our company as a whole.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Duquesne University in 2002.

Scott Burkholder, PMP

Regional Director of Asset Management

Scott Burkholder is responsible for strategic oversight of existing Inspirit communities and for helping evaluate potential new properties that could fit with the Inspirit mission and vision. Thanks to decades of progressively responsible positions in the construction industry, Scott combines management and leadership skills with an expert understanding of the physical structures that house Inspirit communities.

Scott jumped into the construction industry right out of high school, receiving a diploma in carpentry from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center and then working his way up the ranks through a variety of field assignments and into management. As Inspirit’s Regional Director of Asset Management, Scott works closely with CEO Dave McHarg to oversee all capital processes and assist in facilities operations of all Inspirit communities. He manages contracts, works with each community’s management to define and pursue their goals, documents best practices for each community’s operations, and prepares operating and capital expenditure budgets. Along with his responsibilities to existing Inspirit communities, Scott is also an integral member of the advance team, assisting with due diligence and acquisition strategy for potential new additions to the Inspirit family of properties.

Scott has a Master’s Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. He enjoys volunteering his time at his local church as well as various community and professional organizations such as Crossfire Youth Ministries and Junior Achievement of Central Pennsylvania. In his off-work hours, Scott can be found spending quality time with his wife and two sons and with luck, maybe even playing some golf.

Connie Clem

Regional Director of Inspirational Leadership

In Connie’s position of Regional Director of Inspirational Leadership, she is responsible for shaping the culture of Inspirit Senior Living. Her direction and leadership shapes a spirit of truth, trust, and integrity. Her responsibilities include training, both with our staff, and our communities. She provides daily inspiration to our teams to encourage their efforts, enthusiasm and creativity. She also provides support to families, residents and staff. She strives to inspire everyone to find positive solutions.

Connie comes to Inspirit with 40 years of experience in the field of working with seniors and persons with disabilities. She has been a leader with children and adults with disabilities and currently serves in the community as an advocate for seniors and others that need special services. She has been a Director of an Assisted Living Facility and a Director of Community Relations and Education.

The goals that Connie pursues in life and with Inspirit Senior Living, is to provide love and kindness to all individuals, both those who serve and those who are being served.

Jake DeSantis

Regional Director of Wellness Services

Jake DeSantis is responsible for healthcare oversight, working closely with Inspirit corporate leadership and with all Inspirit Senior Living communities to ensure that every community’s wellness department has the tools they need to deliver the highest quality care for our residents. Jake brings his years of experience to provide hands-on support and guidance to help Inspirit team members achieve personal, community, regional, and corporate goals.

Jake began his career in 1990 as a Medical Specialist in the United States Army and went on to receive his Licensed Practical Nursing education in San Francisco, California in the late 1990s. Since then, he has held civilian positions in skilled care, acute care, and pediatrics. His many years of experience in the assisted living industry include a long tenure as regional director of healthcare services for a network of more than 20 assisted living communities throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Virginia.

In his off-work hours, Jake likes to spend quality time with his wife and four children.

Rebecca Himes

Rebecca Himes

Regional Director of Operations

Rebecca began her career in Senior Living in serving as a caregiver while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Her love for seniors blossomed through her work as a caregiver and she decided to make senior living her future and passion. Rebecca worked in sales and marketing for Sunnington Assisted Living and Memory care which is now owned and operated by Inspirit as The Rutherford. She then went on to work from Brookdale Senior Living in the Metro Atlanta area. It was during her time at Brookdale that she started to appreciate operations and learning how to make communities thrive as a result of strategic and intentional planning. Upon moving back to Middle Tennessee Rebecca became the Administrator for Senior Helpers, which is an in-home care agency. Her focus in this position was to create a trustworthy partner in in-home care and grow the company to be able to assist the majority of Middle Tennessee. In 2018 Inspirit Senior Living connected with Rebecca and placed her in the role of Executive Director at The Rutherford Assisted Living and Memory care in Murfreesboro, TN. Serving as Executive Director confirmed to Rebecca that senior living is where her heart is, and the culture of Inspirit Senior Living is aligned with her passion to provide optimal care to every senior. As Regional Director of Operations, Rebecca is focused on providing excellent resident care while creating environments where their best lives can be lived. She believes that these environments are created through intentional relationship building with residents, families and our employees.
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