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Staff Bios

Everyone at San Simeon by the Sound is committed to the comfort and well-being of our residents, adult day healthcare registrants, and guests. Our staff is comprised of seasoned veterans who bring decades of experience and understanding to every aspect of your experience at San Simeon.

Steven Smyth

Steven C. Smyth, HSE, LNHA, CNHA, FACHCA, FACHE

Executive Vice President & Administrator

Steven Smyth has been the Executive Vice President and Administrator for San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation since 2012. Prior to that time, he performed similar administrative duties in several other skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout Long Island and New York City.

Smyth received a master of arts in health administration from Hofstra University in 1992 and a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1990 from Adelphi University. He went on to become a licensed nursing home administrator in October 2000. After obtaining his Nursing Home Administrator Certification in 2013, he achieved fellow status in the American College of Health Care Administrators and the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2015.

Among his many accolades, Smyth received the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award which recognizes administrators for their roles in leading top performing health facilities in 2013, 2014 and 2016. An active member of several national professional associations, he holds several committee roles including chairperson of the National Conference Planning Committee for the ACHCA.

Smyth firmly believes in running a fiscally prudent operation with a focus on maintaining high-quality standards of care in a warm and nurturing environment all while adhering to the strictest ethical standards.

He resides in Nassau County with his wife and two children.

Kelly Moteiro

Kelly Moteiro, MS, RN

Director of Nursing

Kelly Moteiro joined San Simeon by the Sound in May of 2016 as Director of Nursing. As a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse, she has over 20 years experience in long-term care.

Beginning her nursing career as a certified nurse’s aide while she attended LPN school, she then continued on to obtain her RN license as she worked as an LPN. After becoming a registered nurse, Moteiro worked as a charge nurse and stepped into an opportunity to be the in-service/infection control nurse. Before joining the San Simeon family, Moteiro served for six years as director of nursing at a skilled nursing facility after spending a year as assistant director.

In 2018, Moteiro will be completing the master’s program for nursing leadership at Stony Brook University. Her many certifications include wound care, TPN, IV, CPR instructor, dementia care and PRI/SCREEN.

Moteiro is always looking for ways to educate herself, as well as her staff. Her personal philosophy of treating everyone as you would your loved ones with love, joy, and respect and ongoing commitment to excellence, dovetail perfectly with the mission of San Simeon by the Sound.

Amy Giangregorio

Amy Giangregorio

Chief Financial Officer

Amy Giangregorio came to San Simeon by the Sound in early 2016 after 25 years working in other healthcare and not-for-profit businesses throughout Long Island. Before joining the San Simeon family, she served as the controller at a life-care community in Port Washington, N.Y., where she became well-versed in the business end of long-term care.

At the conclusion of 2015, Giangregorio was offered the position of Chief Financial Officer at San Simeon. In the year and a half that she has been with the North Fork facility, Giangregorio has streamlined the finance department and increased efficiencies that have both saved money and improved workflow. She is also responsible for accounting functions, payroll and human resources.

Pamela Dean

Pamela Dean

Director of Admissions

Pamela Dean joined the San Simeon by the Sound family in June of 2014 as the Director of Admissions.

Receiving her bachelor’s degree in gerontology from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Dean now boasts over 20 years experience in a healthcare setting. She was previously employed as the Director of Admissions at Riverhead Care Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation and Avalon Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center.

A valued and versatile member of the staff, Dean has received training as a Patient Advocate and is also DOH Screen certified. Showcasing her commitment to the San Simeon community, she is involved in fundraising and is a member of the Development Committee.

When not spending time with her husband, three children, and her dog, this Smith Point resident enjoys assisting people in the local community.

Christine Riley

Christine Riley, RN

Director of Adult Daycare/Assistant Director of Nursing

Christine Riley joined San Simeon by the Sound in June of 2016 as the Director of Adult Daycare as well as Assistant Director of Nursing for the skilled nursing facility.

A registered nurse with over 30 years experience in psychiatric nursing and long-term care, Riley began her nursing career as an LPN then later became an RN. Proving quickly to be a valued member of the staff, Riley has many certifications including CPR, IV, TPN and ventilators.

This dedicated nurse comes to work every day with a smile on her face because she loves what she does. She has learned through her nursing career that you have to be a caring and a compassionate person to work with the elderly – and it shows in her daily interactions with the San Simeon community.

Riley resides on the south shore of Long Island in Oakdale with her son.

Lata Agnihotri

Lata Agnihotri, LMSW

Director of Social Services

Lata Agnihotri has joined San Simeon by the Sound in January of 2020 as the Director of Social Work.

Lata has worked as a Director of Social Work in the field of Healthcare for over 20 years and has been involved at every level from psychotherapy and psychiatric hospitals to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult daycare. So, it’s safe to say that there aren’t too many situations she hasn’t helped people deal with. “I’m so fortunate to have such a diverse background. We’re here for our residents through every stage of their treatment, from welcoming them to San Simeon and getting them settled in, to preparing them for discharge. And thanks to my background, when I’m putting a family member or a resident at ease about almost anything, I can tell them that it’s something we’ve done before and not to worry and that makes us both feel great.”

Lata earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, which she obtained from Stony Brook University and is licensed by New York State. Lata has strong leadership skills and takes her job seriously in assuring that an individual receives the quality of care they deserve and supports the residents through every stage of treatment.

Joan Hirschenson

Joan Hirshenson, RDN

Registered Dietitian

Joan Hirshenson joined the San Simeon family in August 2019. She has been in the health care field for over 25 years working in acute and long-term care. Hirshenson has worked at various long-term facilities throughout Long Island. Most of her work experience has been with Independent Group Home Living (IGHL). An agency that provides programs, services and support for people with intellectual disabilities.

Hirshenson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and completed the AP4 program at Queens College. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1991. She also received an Associate’s degree as a Fitness Specialist from Suffolk Community College.

Her goal for the residents of San Simeon is to maintain health and independence through good nutrition. During her off time, Hirshenson enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters and granddaughter, visiting the East End beaches and instructing spin/cycle classes at a local fitness facility.

Jean Hughes

Jean Hughes

Food Service Director

Jean Hughes has been the Director of Food Service since December 2019. Prior to her taking on this challenging role, Jean worked her way through the Dietary Department working as a Dietary Aide, Cook, Lead Dietary Aide, to her current role through a career spanning over 22 years.

Hughes is currently completing her Dietary Manager (CDM) and Food Protection Professional Certification (CFPP). She obtained her Food Managers Certificate in 2000 and Serv Safe Certification in 2013. She is also a long time member of the ANFP (Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals).

Having been raised in Greenport, Hughes is especially committed to our local community and ensuring San Simeon’s residents receive the best meal experience possible. Her mantra with her staff is “do the right thing” to motivate her staff to understand the importance of performing one’s work properly and thoroughly and the positive impact that has on the outcome produced.

When not serving our residents, Jean loves working in her garden, growing vegetables and flowers, and especially enjoys spending quality time with her granddaughter.

Hughes resides in East Marion with her family.

Dorothy Beatty

Dorothy Beatty, PT, DPT

Rehabilitation Director

Dorothy Beatty began at San Simeon by the Sound as a Physical Therapist and became Rehabilitation Director in 2018. She has worked in variety of practice settings including the acute care hospital, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient before transitioning to skilled nursing, sub-acute rehabilitation and long-term care. Dorothy holds her Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with New York State and the Commonwealth of Virginia. A local resident, Dorothy takes pride in providing needed rehabilitative services to the North Fork.

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Samantha Vacey, CTRS

Director of Recreation

Samantha Vacey joined the management team at San Simeon by the Sound as the Director of Recreation in March of 2021. She comes to San Simeon with several years experience in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care settings.  Prior to that time, she served residents as a volunteer in a local nursing and rehabilitation facility. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 2016, she acquired her NCTRC certification, qualifying her as a certified therapeutic recreation specialist.

Mark Velazquez

Mark Velazquez

Director of Plant Operations

Joining the San Simeon family in 2009, Velasquez began as Environmental Director and then was promoted to Director of Plant Operations.

Previously, Velazquez had stints as Maintenance Director and Environmental Director at Southampton Care Center and then served as Maintenance Director for Smithtown Rehabilitation Center. He worked for Grumman for 17 years as a senior materials handler, before moving into medical maintenance.

Born and raised in New York City, his family moved to Long Island where he would graduate from Centereach High School. From there, he went on to Southampton College where he majored in fine arts and held two art exhibits.

Velazquez is pleased to have experienced growth in his job at San Simeon thanks to the dedication of the great staff. Throughout his ten years, he has witnessed the care and respect given to every resident that lives in the facility. He believes in the mission of quality care that the administration instills and tries to display that every day in his work.

Married to his wife Lynne for over 30 years, he has three grown sons that are his pride and joy.