The Leadership Team

Lin Neff, Executive Director

Lin has worked for Legacy Retirement Communities since 2002. His professional career has spanned more than 40 years in the healthcare industry, with the majority being in long-term care. Lin is a strong advocate of our Personal Touch Culture, and is committed to the highest standards of care for residents, resident families, and associates. In his spare time, Lin enjoys spending time with his with Carri, his four children and grandchildren, traveling, singing, researching family history, and golfing.

Alie Davenport, Sales & Marketing Director

Prior to joining the Legacy family, Alie worked an Account Executive for her local NBC station, a District Sales Manager overseeing 14 stores, and a CNA. Her role at Legacy Retirement of Mesa integrates not only her experiences but also her passions. Alie embraces any challenge and takes great pride in her work ethic. She always makes personal and professional growth a top priority. When Alie is not at Legacy, you will most likely find her coaching youth sports, playing tennis, or at the pool with her husband and two daughters.

Deneta Peters, Assisted Living Coordinator

Deneta has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare and senior living. Previous positions include Medical Administration, Certified Nursing Assistant, Lead Medication Technician, and most recently Assisted Living Manager at a senior living community in Maryland. Deneta is delighted to be a part of the Legacy Retirement of Mesa family and lead her staff by example to create the best outcomes for residents. When not at work, Deneta enjoys spending time with her family, roller skating, and community outreach.

Mayra Cardenas, Memory Care Coordinator

Mayra was born in Granada Hills, was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and moved to Arizona in 1997 with her family. In 2005, Mayra began working in retirement communities, and fell in love with caring for seniors. She joined the Legacy team in 2009 and served in various positions before accepting her current role as Memory Care Coordinator. She loves that her current role allows her to connect with residents, families and associates. Mayra has been married for over 10 years and has five children. She enjoys traveling, singing, and camping.

Lindy Fasel, Executive Assistant

Lindy has worked in the senior living industry for many years. She feels that her experience volunteering for hospitals, managing a retirement apartment complex, and working at Legacy Retirement Residence has given her a unique insight into the mindset of Legacy residents. She is grateful for the connections she's able to make every day. Lindy believes that everyone should be treated with love, respect, and understanding. Lindy has been married for more than 50 years and has two children and four grandchildren.

Gail Lester, LPN, Wellness Director

Gail was born and raised in the Midwest and moved to Arizona in 1985. She started her medical career in 1990 in respiratory therapy, working in hospitals for more than 20 years. Gail went back to college in 2018 and obtained her nursing degree. She came to Legacy as a seasoned professional, committed to providing the highest quality care. Gail and her spouse of more than 35 years have two daughters and many grandchildren. She enjoys reading, sewing, repurposing furniture, and spending time with family and friends.

Rob Iqbal, Dining Services Director

An Arizona native, Rob began his career in the food and beverage industry at just 15 years old. He graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has mostly worked in large hotel and conference settings. He was looking for a change from the standard hospitality offerings and found it at Legacy. What he enjoys most is making a difference in someone’s day by doing what he does best – “putting smiles on faces by creating delicious meals”. He believes in leadership by example, and in his spare time he loves to do anything food related.

Mailani Fernandez, Recreation Director

Mailani began her career in senior living in 2004 after her great grandmother developed Alzheimer's and moved into an assisted living community. With a background in recreation, Mailani found her calling and passion in working with seniors. Mailani is from Kauai, Hawaii; she loves to share Hawaiian culture with our residents through cooking, history, and hula dancing classes. Mailani's approach to activities is unique and modern, focused on and embracing the arts, use of modern technology, and out-of-the-box thinking.

Matilda Ruiz, Housekeeping Director

Matilda is grateful to be at Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa and loves the residents and associates of our community. They have truly become like family to her, and she finds great joy and satisfaction in caring for them through cleaning. Matilda has been married for over five years and together they have one child. When she's not at work, you can find her enjoying time with her family, going out to dinner, or going bowling or to the movies. She also enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, and camping.

Rudy Fragosa, Maintenance Director

Rudy joined the Legacy team in 2019 and is excited for the many more years he gets to spend serving our residents. Rudy strives to give everyone the best service he can. He has more than 14 years of experience in maintenance and takes pride in his work. Rudy believes there is always more for him to learn. Rudy and his wife have been married for over 25 years and have three children. He enjoys mechanical maintenance and building motorcycles from scratch. He also enjoys going to car shows and races with his kids.

Max Westhoven, DPT, ONR Director of Rehabilitation

Max is a 2020 graduate of Duke University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, and he relocated to Phoenix in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Max has always had a desire to help people and see them get better, which is his primary goal as a PT. He enjoys seeing the residents he treats progress to live a more independent lifestyle. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, hanging by the pool, watching sports and spending time with his fiancé, Alexa, and their Australian Shepherd, Knox.