Dennis Allen has served as the chief executive officer of Hattie Larlham since 1988. In this role, he has helped shape Hattie Larlham, which once provided services to 180 families, into a $35 million nonprofit that provides award-winning programs and services to more than 1,500 people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio.
Allen has successfully spearheaded several social- and micro-enterprise initiatives creating Hattie's Café & Gifts, Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding, Hattie's Gardens, Hattie's Creative Arts, a bakery and a vending program. All of these ventures were developed to employ and provide new opportunities to people with developmental disabilities.
Allen, a true 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 topics in research and development of services and interventions 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 has served as a board member on the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), a member of the Governor’s 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.