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Shaler man a leader for St. Barnabas

| Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Mark Dennis, 49, of Middlesex, is the new general manager of St. Barnabas Communities.
Mark Dennis, 49, of Middlesex, is the new general manager of St. Barnabas Communities.

As new general manager of St. Barnabas Communities, Mark Dennis recently handled a number of residents' calls about frozen water pipes and drains.

“We haven't had any broken ones yet,” said Dennis, 49, of Middlesex, Butler County. “We've got a maintenance department that is second to none.”

Dennis stepped into his new role on Jan. 26.

His new duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations, staffing and property management of the Village at St. Barnabas, White Tail Ridge and Washington Place, all in Richland, and The Woodlands in Valencia.

All of the communities offer housing for independent retirees.

“All of the directors in our departments are just wonderful. I can truly say that,” said Dennis, a certified manager of community associations and member of the Association of Management Specialists.

Dennis is a graduate of Shaler Area High School, and former vice president of community management for F. David Sylvester & Associates, a real estate management firm based in Moon Township.

After earning a bachelor's degree in architectural studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Dennis worked in jobs ranging from covenants director to manager of maintenance for Reston, Va., the groundbreaking, planned community founded in 1964 by Robert E. Simon.

In his last job with F. David Sylvester & Associates, Dennis served as the liaison between homeowners and the boards of directors of condominium and homeowners' associations from O'Hara Township to Grove City, Mercer County. He handled issues ranging from swimming pool maintenance to asphalt paving.

“It was a balancing act. I had to wear several different hats,” he said. “I had to build relationships with contractors.”

A collector of sports memorabilia, Dennis described himself as an outdoorsman who enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Dennis and his wife Kelly — they met as students at the University of Pittsburgh — have two children, Vincent, 23, and Lydia, 19.

In his new job, Dennis said he enjoys a 15-minute drive to his new office at St. Barnabas Village in Richland.

“The residents are just as charming as can be,” Dennis said. I went home and told my wife, 'I know where I want to be when the time comes.' It's that nice. ... The food is phenomenal.”

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or

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