Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Community Affairs
Dennis, a resident of Westerly, is responsible for ensuring that Washington Trust complies with federal and state laws as well as the guidelines set by the Bank's regulatory agencies. He also oversees the Bank's security department, purchasing department and buildings and facilities department. Dennis joined Washington Trust in April 1995.
A lifelong Westerly resident, Dennis is an active steward in many community and civic organizations and currently serves as the minority leader of the Rhode Island Senate. Dennis served on the board of directors for Westerly Education Endowment Committee, St. Pius X School and The Chorus of Westerly.
He is an incorporator of the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly. He is a member of the board of directors of The Old Town Hall Museum and a member of the Westerly Lions Club. Dennis is a past chair of the Westerly Division United Way Campaign and past president of Main Street Rhode Island. He also serves as chair of the Westerly Public Library and the Wilcox Park Capital Campaign and its Building Committee. Dennis was a member of President Bush's Advisory Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dennis is also a volunteer firefighter for the Westerly Fire Department.
Dennis received his bachelor's of arts degree from Providence College and his master's degree from Northeastern University. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts School of Law and the American Bankers Association National Compliance School. He is a graduate of Leadership RI. He attended executive education programs at Harvard University and the University of Virginia. Dennis serves on the University of Massachusetts School of Law Alumni Board, and the President's Council at Providence College. He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governor's Consumer Advisory Council. He is a member of the RI Bankers Association. He served on the American Bankers Association's Compliance Executive Committee, Money Laundering Task Force and Fraud Prevention Oversight Council. He also served as co-chair of the ABA's Compliance Conference Committee. He presently serves on The ABA Government Relations Council.