Gurnee, Illinois , United States
Dec 14, 2011 04:33pm
|Info||Dennis believes strongly that public service, whether as an occupation or in a volunteer capacity, is an honorable undertaking, and will serve as a member of Congress with the same strong commitment to Illinois’ 14th Congressional District as he has made to the people of his community over the years. |
Dennis’ career was spent most recently working in university-based cancer research. Prior to moving to Gurnee in 1996, he worked for the University of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, managing a program investigating the causes of breast cancer. From 1996 until 2009, he was with Loyola University Chicago’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, where he served as the Center’s Assistant Director for Research Support, providing assistance and support to physicians and laboratory researchers in identifying, obtaining and managing resources critical to the conduct of their work. After working briefly at Northwestern University in 2009, he returned to Loyola and has been retired since late 2010.
Dennis’ early career was in public health, working for the Wisconsin Division of Health in Madison. He began in 1978 by directing a short-term project in school-based child health screening, after which he worked as a budget and management analyst and as a program and management policy advisor. He also managed several State health programs, including the Adult Health Program, the Rural Mammography Program, the Chronic Disease Program, Refugee and Immigrant Health, and Disease Cluster Investigation. While with the Division of Health, Dennis also served at various times on such bodies as the Division’s Affirmative Action/Civil Rights Compliance Committee, as Liaison between the Wisconsin Division of Health and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and as a member of the Association of State and Territorial Chronic Disease Program Directors.
Dennis believes in the value to the community of citizen engagement and volunteerism. Over the years he has committed himself to community service in a number of ways. At present, Dennis is on the Board of Directors of the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County. He is also a volunteer with the Friends of the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, serves as a volunteer adult education tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of Lake County, and is a member of the Gurnee Rotary. Past service includes membership on the Boards of Directors of the Dane County (Wisconsin) Humane Society and of the Southern Wisconsin Foodbank, Inc. He served on the U-CARE (HMO) Grievance Committee in Madison, and as a mayoral appointee on the City of Madison Ethics Board.
Dennis was Graduated with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Economics and Political Science. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Public Administration and at Loyola University Chicago in Theology.
Dennis and Susan, who have been married for 38 years, have lived in Gurnee since 1996.