The Team 2017-05-30T07:22:00+00:00

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Dennis Farmer

Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Farmer was raised in Shafter, California, a small farming town in Central Valley. At 24, Dennis took an entry level position with the State of California, and promoted through the budgetary and accounting areas to become the Head of the Accounting Department for Kern Valley State Prison. Experiences during his tenure included activation of two prison facilities, managements of budgets and fiscal policy, coordination with legislative accounting and budget affairs, internal control development and implementation, financial security audits, executive level administration of accounting, finance and budget policy.

Through his late 20’s, his struggle with alcohol became more pronounced; and by his early 30’s, alcohol began to affect his personal and professional life. After divorcing his first wife of less than two years, whom he shares a son with, he married for the second time. After less than two years of marriage, Dennis divorced for the second time, from his wife who he had a daughter with. His addiction to alcohol was becoming even more significant in personal choices, though he had not yet come to accept that he had a problem. At this point, even his professional life began to suffer, so he checked into a facility for the first of three stays in rehab. It would be the third and final stay that finally “stuck” and when he began the real process of recovery. This recovery stay lasted 60 days. This was truly the first time he embraced the recovery process, the 12-steps and most importantly, his reinvestment in his faith. Upon arriving for treatment, he was down to 135lbs with pancreatitis and an enlarged liver. He knew was just steps away from losing his life.

It was during his time in treatment that the idea of Legacy Village was born: a vision for an accessible, affordable place where people received quality treatment, assistance and sober living. A full circle of recovery-related services that can support the individual, and foster a real community-feeling among the clients and alumni.

After leaving the state of California, Legacy become his primary professional pursuit. Over the past two years, Legacy Village has developed into the example of treatment and recovery services available today. Today, Mr. Farmer is remarried and with his wife, Erica they are proud to actively participate in life, including with his son, daughter and two step-daughters – a prospect unthinkable during the grips of addiction.

”It is with an unapologetic faith in God, and a daily adherence to the 12 steps, that I remain sober – just for today, and that I’m able to actively participate in Legacy and in Life. Through the services we offer, I’m able to give back, the solution that I found, to others who still suffer. We’re not just providing help or a way to get clean or sober – we’re giving people a change to recreate a Legacy, for them and their families.”

Monica Aquino

Program Director

Monica Aquino has extensive background in the mental health and substance use disorder field, where she has been working since 2009. Prior to joining Legacy Village, Monica was the Director of Admissions and Assistant Clinical Director and Therapist at Wavelengths Recovery, and the Business Development Manager at Conscious Recovery by CLARE. Before working at Conscious Recovery by CLARE, Monica was the Marketing and Admissions Associate for Cri-Help, Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing and implementing the marketing strategies for the organization.

In addition to this eclectic blend of mental health and marketing expertise, Monica received her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Northridge, where she was a member of the prestigious Phi Alpha Honor Society. Monica isn’t planning on stopping there, as she plans to pursue a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in the near future.

Monica is an Associate Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor through the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators. While she pursued her degree, Monica held positions as a social worker at both the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Veterans Health Administration, where she was awarded the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium stipend.

Monica’s experience also includes work at McClure and Associates Public Relations, a position held while obtaining her undergraduate degree in Journalism. When she’s not shepherding Legacy Village program and clinical activities, Monica enjoys traveling and running- two loves that combine once a year when she joins her family in Hawaii for an annual marathon.

Denise Farmer

Housing Director

Denise Farmer has more than 3 decades of providing care, transition and housing assistance to various groups in need, throughout the Kern County Community. From the supervision and oversight of local youth, to the technical and special needs of the local developmentally disabled, Denise has a broad knowledge of providing individual care in specialty markets.

After a long care in the non-profit sector, Denise joined Legacy Village. Her dedication to client success, her ability to help individuals clearly define and achieve goals, and her extensive property management resume all allow her to give Legacy Village an upper-hand in meeting the housing and aftercare needs of those in recovery.

Denise is a graduate of Shafter High School, in Shafter, California and a lifelong Kern County resident. She has been active in the community, from advocacy to fundraising for dozens of causes and concerns during her 30+ year career. Her dedication and desire to use these skills in the recovery industry has been driven by personal family experiences with individuals who struggle with addiction.

Denny Moss

Clinical Director

Denny Moss spent the past several decades within the realm of counseling psychology, where he served at various levels of responsibility at numerous social service agencies and in private practice.

He strongly believes in the powerful potential of the counseling experience, to not only make a positive change in the lives of his clients and patients, but in his own life as well.

Denny’s biggest and most important fulfilling lifework, however, has been within the Recovery Movement. Legacy Village’s vision aligns directly with his, in this regard and has afforded him a golden opportunity to continue this important work. Outside of helping individuals, Denny is a former surfer, a beachcomber, sailor and a professional musician.

Dr. Linh K. Ngo

Medical Director

Dr. Linh Ngo graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1994, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He then received his Doctor of Medicine from Ross University School of Medicine in 2001. Shortly after, Dr. Linh Ngo did his residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California.

As a physician for a few different urgent care centers since 2005, Dr. Linh Ngo treated acute and sub-acute medical illnesses. With his experience and knowledge, he started his own facility in 2007, Sendas Northwest Urgent Care, located in Bakersfield, California.

Dr. Linh Ngo is a member of the American Board of Family Practice, The Medical Board of California, and The American Academy of Family Physicians.


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