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 head of Pennington Gardens as the administrator of this community.

Nancy came to Pennington Gardens from Kenya and served the seniors as a C.N.A. initially. 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. 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.

Hanna Bass - Community Relations Director 


Hanna has been with Pennington since 2016. She originally started in the dining room as a server, however when the opportunity to work at the front desk became available, she gladly transitioned into that role. “It has given me the opportunity to meet so many different people and to build many wonderful relationships. I truly enjoy assisting our sweet residents any way I can.” When she is not at work, Hanna enjoy spending time with her husband and three grown children. They enjoy sports, music, traveling, and spending time outdoors, hiking and kayaking. She also enjoy crafting, photography, and baking when time allows.

 

Her love for seniors began at an early age due to not only having been an only child, but also by growing up primarily around adults and having a mother who was a nurse. Hannah frequently accompanied her mother to her work, enjoyed volunteering especially during the years she was at our local nursing home in her home state of Missouri. The love and compassion her mother always displayed to those she took care of always inspired her.

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 and became our community’s Business Services Director. 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 son and two daughters. 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.

Lizbeth Lugogo Memory Care Coordinator


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.”

Bryan, Maintenance Director at Pennington Gardens

Evelyne Nyalita - LPN


Our LPN Evelyne oversees the care team. Having grown up in Kenya, Uganda and the US, she has always enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them as well as their cultures. She has been in the healthcare industry since high school. Having received her nursing degree in 2011, she gained experience working for a doctor’s office as well as an assisted living/memory care facility in Delaware before moving to Arizona. Looking for a change and as her Grandmother would say, “new place, new blessings” she joined the Pennington team. Her love and enthusiasm helping others shows as she leads our care team in taking care of our residents.

In her free time, she enjoys music, sewing, painting, - anything involved using her hands to create.

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 with over 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.
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.

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 is the proud mother of a son who is a cancer survivor and is currently attending Northern Arizona University.

Kenneth Moore - Maintenance Director 


Kenneth is born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He loves the beautiful desert scenery in Arizona. In his free time, he enjoy listening to music as well as playing the guitar, grilling, being with family, and working on vehicles. He has proudly been working around residents since 2009. Starting out with work in dietary services, followed by becoming a security guard. After a couple of years, he decided to pursue his career as a maintenance technician. At a very young age he spent time with his father learning how to fix and repair things around the house.

"I am very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful and caring team at Pennington Gardens."