Director of Programs
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dennis began his career in social service by providing community mental health services to adults struggling with severe and persistent mental illness in Chicago, IL.
While working with Thresholds, a prominent provider of community health services, he was primarily attached to the Justice Program which was created to address the needs of adults diagnosed with severe mental illness who had frequent involvement with the jail and prison systems. Dennis held three positions within that program including: Employment Specialist, where he worked assisted clients with their efforts to secure competitive employment; Community Support Specialist, where he worked closely with law enforcement, courts, and hospitals to assist consumers with their transitions back into the community; and finally, as Team Leader, where he led a talented group of counselors in their efforts to provide day-to-day counseling and other support services to consumers living on the north side of the city.
Dennis’ education and experience afforded him an opportunity to begin teaching courses in Psychology and Human Services with the University of Phoenix. He was able to provide instruction to his students by incorporating real world examples to make the classroom experience interactive as well as informative.
After transitioning to San Diego in 2014, Dennis continued his work in social service, initially continuing his work in mental health then moving to addiction services in 2017. Before joining the team at Kitchens for Good, he served as Clinic Director for an Opioid Treatment Program. Now, as Director of Programs, Dennis combines his education, experiences, and resources to provide a rich apprenticeship experience, and to strengthen relationships with employer partners and social service providers.
While he does not miss Midwest winters, he is an avid baseball fan who misses the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs, and deep-dish pizza.