In 1994, Dennis, along with his wife and their two children, moved to Madison. Having met, married and born their children in Evanston, Illinois , Dennis and family traveled to Chile in 1991 to work as Missionaries with Maryknoll, a US based Catholic mission organization. After 3 years of community development and appropriate technology work in the rural Andean foothills in the central region of Chile, the Harrison-Noonans returned to the US to continue raising and schooling their children. Both Dennis and his spouse created work opportunities that would allow them the flexibility they needed to homeschool their young children..
Dennis hails from central Missouri where he grew up, learning hunting, fishing and carpentry from his maternal grandfather, Tobias Schmitz. Toby taught Dennis the value of understanding the world through the study of how things worked. He was a consummate problem solver and pretty good inventor in his own right.
After graduating from the University of Missouri 1978 with a degree in Business Administration, Dennis served two years in the US Peace Corps in Central America.. There he fell in love with the culture and language of Latin America. The Harrison-Noonans are now actively pursuing retirement options for part time mission work in this fascinating region. They make frequent trips to Latin America to remain current and look for service opportunities.
Here in Madison, Dennis enjoys all that this city has to offer. Known as an exercise fanatic by his wife, he is sometimes known to ride his bicycle to a client’s house for the initial visit. He is equally enthusiastic about music and attends weekly jam sessions with the Old Time Music group, the Moldy Jam.
Like many of us, Dennis has developed a keen interest in doing what is possible to decrease the amount of resources that we consume in our work and daily living. He often is heard preaching the virtues of repair, reuse and recycle. Dennis is convinced that St. Peter will have a tabulation of the total land fill tonnage for which he was responsible during his handyman years. So if he offers to polish up your old bathtub instead of replacing it, you will know his motivation. St. Peter is watching!!