Dennis Felty has been in a leadership role of the community mental health and intellectual disability movement since 1968. He was a co-founder of Keystone Human Services in 1972 and served as its President until November 2016, at which time Dennis transitioned to his role as Founding President and continues to support KHS through his board service and as a consultant to KHS’s President. Dennis’ vision and leadership has been instrumental in developing KHS into a nonprofit organization that is committed to helping people with disabilities become valued and contributing members of the community.
In addition to his work at Keystone, Dennis has also served as President of the Commonwealth Institute, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Residential Programs, and the Pennsylvania CASSP Institute. He is the Past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, as well as Past President and co-founder of Open Stage of Harrisburg.
He serves or has served on many boards and task forces. Dennis served as Chairman of the Board of PAR, which is the major professional association addressing services in the area of intellectual disabilities and autism. Dennis is also a Past Board Chair of the Susquehanna Art Museum.
As a graduate of Elizabethtown College, he received the “Educate for Service Award” in 2013 and currently serves on the college’s Leadership Council.
For thirteen years, Dennis served as an Officer and pilot with the US Air Force and Pennsylvania Air National Guard and has over 2000 flight hours in multi-engine and jet aircraft.
A fine art photographer, Dennis frequently exhibits his work in one-man shows. He has carried out several photographic projects for the Office of Intellectual Disability, photographing people living in State Centers as well as the Office of Children and Youth. This work has included assisting in the production of Everyday Lives, a documentary on the history of intellectual disability services in Pennsylvania.
Dennis has also been instrumental in helping to found a seminary in Kursk, Russia. In 1999 he produced a photographic essay on children living in orphanages and psychiatric hospitals of Russia, Romania, and Moldova. This work includes images and interviews of children living in the underground of Bucharest, Romania. He has also had the opportunity to visit psychiatric hospitals in the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and the Republic of Moldova.
Dennis serves on the Federal Council (Governing Board) of FICE International, a federation of over sixty countries concerned about the status of children worldwide. He is also the President of FICE-USA(external website).
Dennis served on both Governor Corbett’s and Governor Wolf’s Transition Teams and currently serves on Governor Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Health. He also served on the Joint Legislative Advisory Commission on Gun Violence.
Dennis has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work, including:
Dennis and his wife Barbara have two children, Adam and Laura, and reside in Middletown, Pennsylvania.