The team at Pennington Gardens

Our Team

We have a great team at Pennington Gardens. We invite you to get to know them and come meet them in person.

Nancy Njoroge - Administrator


Nancy is the heart and head of Pennington Gardens as the administrator of this community. Nancy started working at Pennington right after it was built in 2000.

Nancy came to Pennington Gardens from Kenya and served the seniors as a C.N.A. initially. For the last 17 years, she has demonstrated excellence in all she has done. Her natural leadership skills shone, as she evolved and grew with the organization. She has served in many roles including caregiving, marketing, and assistant administrator. Her leadership presence and her high standards of respect and care for the residents has created a culture of caring that is remarkable.

Nancy is loved and well respected by the residents, the families, the care team and the community.

Nancy lives in Chandler with her husband of over thirty years. She has three grown children and one grandson, Titan. In her spare time, Nancy likes going to the gym, hiking and entertaining her friends and family with great food.

Lizbeth Lugogo Memory Care Coordinator


Lizbeth began her first job at Pennington Gardens in 2003 as a waitress. After a few years serving the residents at Pennington, she began her career as a Companion, and then as a Medication Tech. As Lizbeth grew in her skills and talents, she was promoted to Nurse Assistant, and then to Memory Care Coordinator.

Pennington Gardens is the only place Lizbeth has worked. She met her husband at Pennington Gardens when he was working part time while going to college. She and her husband now have four boys.

Lizbeth says, “Pennington Gardens provided me with a career path, and has helped me grow on so many levels - both personally and professionally.” In her free time Lizbeth enjoys hiking, going to the gym and family time.”

Wendy Larson - Life Enrichment Coordinator


You can always find Wendy in the heart of the day’s current happenings or in the community joyously encouraging our residents to join in the fun.

Wendy encompasses our common belief that here at Pennington Gardens, our community should be a place of vibrancy and life. She emphasizes this belief by planning and participating in a full, monthly activity filled calendar that includes weekly shopping trips, happy hours, card games and bingo.

Wendy coordinates with volunteers outside of the community for a variety of activities that involve religious services, a buddy based walking club and an array of musical talents.

Wendy joined Pennington Gardens in 2007. Prior to coming to Pennington Gardens, she enjoyed her involvement in Children’s ministry. She was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to Arizona after living in the Caribbean for 6 years. Wendy is the proud mother of a 23-year-old son who is a cancer survivor and is currently attending Northern Arizona University.

Aqueelah Worthen - Business Services Director


Aqueelah is a kind and compassionate person who takes the time from her busy schedule to get to know our residents on a one on one level. She takes pleasure in listening to each individual story our residents share with her. 
Aqueelah is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She relocated to Arizona in 2012 and has been our community’s Business Services Director since 2013. She has worked in student accounts at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul where she also earned a degree in accounting. 
Aqueelah is married and is the proud mother of a 12-year-old son, and two daughters ages 7 and 10. When she’s not busy in our community as the “go to gal”, she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family, reading and traveling to new places, as well as co-hosting a radio show with her husband.

Joyce Tril - Dining Services Director


Joyce is our community’s talented and experienced chef who prepares and oversees the daily prepping of our daily menu. She has studied at the Institute of Technology – Culinary Academy in Roseville, California and The Laney School of Baking & Patisserie in Oakland, California. Joyce has held the title of Executive Chef in her 25 years of Culinary experience.
When she is not in our kitchen planning and creating delicious meals and delectable desserts for our Residents and their families, she is enjoying time with her daughter, son and 5 grandchildren.
Joyce has lived in Arizona for the past 10 years after relocating from California, where she resided since the age of 4. Some of her hobbies include fishing, baking, crafts and styling hair. Joyce is passionate about creating “from scratch” meals and serving them to our residents with a warm and welcoming smile.