Regional Vice President of Sales and Operations
Nicole Gasaway

Why did you get into senior living?

Early in my life I had two experiences that led me to where I am today. My dad’s mom used to come to our home every summer to spend time with us. I have a younger brother who had his own room and two older sisters who shared a room. Because I was the only girl that had space, my grandmother used to stay with me in my room. I remember coming home from time out with friends and telling my grandmother everything. She gave me the best advise. Also, when I was in high school I visited a nursing home with the Key Club. I knew then that there had to be a better way to serve our older adults. Those two experiences put a passion in my heart to serve seniors.

Who truly inspires you?

My mom inspires me. She is the biggest dreamer I know. She instilled in me if you can dream it, it can happen. From a young child, she used to recite this quote to me: “What you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass”. That has been the foundation for my life. To this day, my mom lives by that premise. She is truly inspiring.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

People are often surprised to know that when I was in 5th grade I went to Italy to go to school. My mom is from Italy and her parents were going back to visit family. I tagged along and studied in Italian schools for 3 months. By that time, I was ready to come back home to America, but it was a big experience in my life. I later returned to Italy as a high school student and enjoyed catching up with family and friends.

Beatles or Elvis?

I love the Beatles. My husband and I have a daughter named Penelope. We almost called her Penelope Lane but went with a family name instead.

How did you wind up at Inspired Living?

I had the pleasure of working with Steve Benjamin and others at Horizon Bay several years ago. I ran into Steve at the national assisted living convention, Argentum. I always enjoyed and appreciated his leadership. But, beyond that, the vision for Inspired Living lined up with my vision for senior living. It seemed like a good fit for both of us.

What do you want your legacy to be?

This is such a difficult question. Being the mother of two girls, it is very important to me that I role model for them what living a life of goodness means. My prayer is that they grow up to be strong, kind, independent, Godly women. But I also want to do good in the lives of others. I often think about the book, The 5 People You Meet in Heaven. I hope to have touched many lives at the end of mine and truly look forward to meeting them in heaven.