The Leadership Team
Lin Neff, Executive Director
Lin has worked for Legacy Retirement Communities and Western States Lodging & Management 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, a hallmark at Legacy Retirement Communities. He is committed to the highest standards of care for residents, resident families, associates and their families and for the community. In his spare time, Lin enjoys spending time with his wife Carri, his four children and grandchildren, traveling, singing, researching family history, and playing “a little golf every now and then.”
Jeannine Braunberger, Sales & Marketing Director
Jeannine considers it a privilege to have worked in the assisted living and retirement community profession for approximately three decades. She has worked for regional and national companies, often earning top performance recognition. During much of her service, she has held the position of Marketing Director and is honored to be a part of the Legacy Retirement Mesa team. Jeannine has both an Arizona Real Estate License and an Assisted Living Manager’s certification. Jeannine is also Stephen Ministry certified. She enjoys mountain pines, family shows, her greenhouse, and scenic drives. She is married to Michael and resides in Mesa, Arizona.
Lindy Fasel, Executive Assistant
Lindy has been employed in the senior-living industry for 12+ years. She feels that her experience volunteering for hospitals, managing a retirement apartment complex and working for Legacy Retirement Residence of Mesa has given her a unique insight into the mindset of Legacy residents. She feels that everyone should be treated with love, respect and understanding. Lindy has been married for 45+ years and loves spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Nancy Castillejo, Assistant Administrator
Nancy was born and raised in Mission Hills, California. After many years in customer service, she moved to Arizona in 2014 to begin her career in senior care. After 7 years working in numerous roles at Legacy, she accepted the position as Assistant Administrator. She loves interacting with the residents and working with her staff. Nancy strives in the betterment of herself and her staff to make a positive living experience for the residents. When she is not at Legacy she enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her sons and spending time with her grandchildren.
Shareeda Al-Hark LPN, Wellness Director
Bio Coming Soon.
Rob Iqbal, Dining Services Director
Rob is an Arizona native who started his career in the food and beverage industry very young – the age of 15, to be exact. He graduated from Scottsdale Culinary Institute with a 4.0 GPA 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 Rob 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 started 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 really found her calling and passion working with seniors. Mailani is from the island of Kauai, Hawaii. She loves to share the 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; uses modern-day technology and out-of-the-box thinking. Mailani uses a Montessori-type approach when planning and implementing activities; every activity has a meaningful purpose and flow.
Monica Torres, Housekeeping Director
Monica is happily married and loves her children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, listening to music and spending time with her family. Monica has been a part of the Legacy Retirement team since December of 2009. She began her career as part of our wonderful housekeeping team. She later decided to become certified as a caregiver because she loves to help people; especially the amazing seniors we have here in our community. Monica’s desire to serve our residents while working closely with her team members to deliver the best care possible is what led her to be our Housekeeping Supervisor.
Robert Odle, Maintenance Director
Robert has worked in the maintenance industry since 1990, and began working in senior living communities three years later. Growing up, he was constantly surrounded by elderly members of his family, who they all cherished. They always had the best stories and were rarely surprised by anything because they had seen it all and lived to tell the tale. He attended Arizona State University and enjoys restoring antiques, playing guitar and exploring Arizona in his Jeep. Our residents are on the last leg of a long journey. His job is to make that road as smooth as possible, as he hopes someone, someday, will do the same for him.