Thursday, April 16, 2015
Senior Advisor, Philanthropy
As a Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Dennis passionately embraces the privilege of facilitating the philanthropy that donors choose to engage in and works to deepen their relationships with SVCF. He has held advancement leadership roles at major universities from the Midwest to the West Coast, as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center and St. Francis Medical Center Foundation in Los Angeles.
In 2010, he served as coordinator for the relief efforts of the St. Francis Trauma Team’s emergency surgical missions to Haiti after the earthquake. Their 3 medical missions into Port au Prince brought medical care to 6,350 patients. Dennis was later invited to ceremonies in Beijing, China to accept an international peace award for his work in Haiti and an appointment to the executive board of a foundation based in Shanghai.
He has been an advisor to Olympian Edwin C. Moses both in pre-development of the Edwin Moses Global Institute in Atlanta, Georgia and the Board of Advisors/Laureus Sport for Good Foundation-USA.
Dennis worked in municipal government and community development consulting in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio and served as a visiting professor in Al Gore’s Family-Centered Community Building course at Fisk University. He has a B. A. in Speech and Communications from Fisk and after college worked as a late-night jazz radio announcer and recording engineer. A passionate collector of jazz and world music, he is an avid fan of Formula One and LeMans series racing. He raised his daughter as a single father.