Dennis is originally from Wharton, West Virginia. He earned his GED at 21 and joined the US Army at 22 in 2006. He became an infantryman and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After leaving the active duty Army he attended Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. In 2014, he earned a spot with the Posse foundation to attend Wesleyan University and will pursue a degree in Government with the class of 2019. Dennis can advise non-traditional students how to best maximize their education benefits and on transferring from a community college to a four-year university.