Dennis Allen served as Hattie Larlham's for 28 years. From 1988 to 2016, Allen shaped Hattie Larlham into a $55 million nonprofit that provides award-winning programs and services to more than 1,800 people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio.
Allen successfully spearheaded several social enterprises and created Hattie's Cafe, Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding, Hattie's Gardens and Hattie's Creative Arts. These ventures were developed to employ and create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.
Allen, an advocate for children and adults with developmental disabilities, has guest-lectured at the University of Akron on topics in speech and language pathology for people with disabilities. He has presented at national conferences on disability research and service development for people with severe disabilities and medically fragile conditions.
He is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional finalist, a Smart Business Visionary and a Leadership Ohio Excellence in Health Care winner.
Allen served as a board member on the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), a member of the Governorís Task Force for Autism, a past board member of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) Medicaid Committee. He has presented testimony before various committees of the Ohio General Assembly on Medicaid and disabilities issues.