For the past 12 years Dennis has been the Massachusetts Program Director for the Housatonic Valley Association. His responsibilities include developing partnerships and programs within the community on issues affecting the quality of the Housatonic River Watershed. Specific programs include water quality monitoring, creation of the Old Mill Trail connecting the communities of Hinsdale and Dalton, various watershed education programs for schools and adults, various river paddle trips, & creation of 4 new river access sites.
He holds an Undergraduate degree in Community and Outdoor Recreation from Springfield College and a Masterís of Science in Natural Resource Management from Texas A&M University.
He serves on the EPA Housatonic River Citizens Coordinating Council, Grants Advisory Committee of Massachusetts Environmental Trust/Eco-system Grants, and is on the board of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Park Service Heritage Designation.