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.

Jennifer Milne - Community Relations Director ​


Jennifer has had a lifetime of experiences preparing for her role as Community Relations Director. Jennifer says, “I love that I have been given the chance to be able to give back to our elders by ensuring that they receive the care and respect that they deserve. We are truly guests in their homes and I believe in treating others the way I would want my loved one or myself to be treated.”

Jennifer relocated to Arizona in January 2017 from Yreka, California. Since the age of 19, she has always had a passion for service to elders in skilled nursing, hospitals, EMT, and assisted living.

Jennifer is a committed community volunteer and event coordinator having served as the chairperson for the Siskiyou County Relay for Life, coordinated the Yreka Little League, volunteer for the Fairchild Medical Center Health Fair as well as for the Share the Magic event for children. She even coordinated her 20-year high school reunion.

Jennifer married her prom date and high school sweetheart Jason who is a Field Training Officer for the City of Mesa police department. Jennifer and Jason have three children, Lauryn 20, who is a United States Marine and is currently stationed in Camp Pendleton, CA, Katie 14 and Ty 13. Jennifer enjoys many different craft projects, spending time with family, running, and home decorating.

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.

John Gomes - Plant Operations Director


Hello, my name is John, I am a very energetic, outgoing person who loves to leave my comfort zone. I enjoy challenges and complicated tasks. I am a believer of anything is possible, you just must want it enough to strive towards it. I’ve been doing handy work since I started my first year in college back in 2010.I decided I wanted to stay in this field, so after college I began to pursue all my certificates and licenses to become more qualified in this field. I am a devoted husband and family man with three kids.