Donald J. Robitaille, is in his sixth year on the Committee. Don was elected Chair in 2012. He is an Air Force veteran and a retired police captain from Chelsea Ma. He and his wife, Joanne, are full time Dennis Port residents and the extremely proud grandparents of 5 beautiful grandchildren. Don has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently the editor of DPRC website ( dennisportrevitalization.org ). Prior to buying his present house in 1994, he had been vacationing in Dennis Port since 1976. Don is also past Vice Chair of the Road Safety Task Force, A past Commissioner with the Dennis Historical Commission and a past appointed director of the Dennis Historical Society. He was also President of the South Side Civic Association for 4 years and maintains his association with SSCA. Don was also appointed to the first Dennis Tourism Committee and has since stepped down.
Pat Sakellis, Pat is from Western Ma and has lived in Dennis Port for the past 11 years. She was in education for her working career as a teacher and special education administrator in Westfield Ma. Pat is married with two daughters and three grandchildren. She is also active in the Dennis Historical Society, garden club, tennis and creative arts.
Robert Surrette, Bob grew up in Worcester, saw some of the world during seven years in the 1970’s thanks to the US Army, worked as an economist for the federal government in Washington DC for almost 30 years and washed ashore on the Cape on the Fourth of July 2011.He and his wife of more than 40 years, the former Joan O’Rourke of Montreal, live in Dennis Port; his daughter, Marie, lives near Princeton, NJ with Bob and Joan’s three precious grandchildren. Bob hopes to be of service to the people of Dennis and, more specifically Dennis Port, throughout his tenure on the Committee. He is also a member of the Dennis Tourism Committee and a volunteer for the Dennis Police Department.
Vana Trudeau was appointed to the DPRC on Sept. 24, 2013. “Although Vana Trudeau grew up on the other side of the bridge — the Bass River Bridge that is — she has called Dennis home for the past 20+ years, and Dennis Port for the past dozen years. In addition to being the founder and President of Essential Rentals, Inc., a full-service vacation equipment rental company, she is also a member of the adjunct faculty and Theatre Coordinator at Cape Cod Community College. A former co-chair of the Dennis Arts and Culture Committee and former member of the Dennis Beach Committee, Vana is pleased to have the opportunity to serve the Town as a member of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee.”
Ned Chatelain just came aboard in February 2016 as our newest member. Ned is also Treasurer of the South Side Civic Association. Ned Chatelain is a Dennis Port native who, after a 12-year absence, moved back to town in 2013 to raise his two children – Sophia (3) and Sam (1) with his wife Kristin. He lives a short way from the village center, and he and his family can often be found playing at the playground, visiting the library, getting coffee at Buckies, or walking to the beach. He is a full-time Realtor and loves helping people find a place here on the Cape.
Jim Hardy was appointed in April 2016. “Jim Hardy grew up in Dennis Port and South Dennis and graduated from Dennis – Yarmouth High School in 1985. He remembers Dennisport as a thriving community in the mid to late nineteen seventies and is thrilled to serve on the Revitalization Committee. Jim also graduated from Cape Cod Community College in 2006 and has plans to finish his Bachelor’s degree. He is employed in the D-Y School District as a substitute teacher and owns a small handyman services company here in Dennis.”
Ken VanTassell was appointed in April 2016. Ken grew up in the New York metropolitan area before moving to the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts in 1985. Ken has vacationed in Dennis Port with his family since he was four months old, and is now proud to be a year round Dennis Port resident with his wife Kathy. While living in Chelmsford, Ken served as an adult volunteer with his son’s Boy Scout troop and on the Chelmsford Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. In addition to the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, Ken is a member of the Dennis Tourism Committee, the Dennis Historical Society and the Friends of the Cape Cod Rail Trail.