Dennis L. Southerland

Senior Vice President


Education + Certifications

B.A. from DePauw University

  • Team Responsibility

    Since joining Cripe in 1986, Dennis has had a major role in a collaborative sales effort and is one of the firm’s liasons to clients, both existing and new, and to the community as a whole.

  • Professional + Community Development

    Member – Board of Visitors/Dean’s Advisory Council – Butler University College of Education

    Member – Tiger Club – DePauw University

    Administrator – Cripe Charitable Foundation

    Member – Board of Directors – Paul I. Cripe Inc.

    Mentor – Starfish Initiative


    Member – Board of Directors – Indianapolis Neighborhood Partnership

    Member – Board of Directors – Indiana Alliance of Business Leaders and Educators

    Member – Board of Directors – Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation

    Member – Board of Directors – Teacher’s Treasures

    Vice-Chair – Commission for Proprietary Education – State of Indiana

    President – Board of Directors – MSD of Lawrence Township Foundation

    Member – Board of Directors – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana

  • Personal

    Oftentimes, I describe myself as the luckiest person you will ever meet. My mother was a stay-at-home mom, my father was an IPL meter reader, I had 2 older brothers, we lived on a street with 77 kids, I went to IPS Schools 68, 92 and Arlington High School and life was nearly perfect. I was able to get a scholarship and attend DePauw University, where I met my wife of 50 years, Cathy Musk-Southerland. Cathy was the first person to ever go on a second date with me. I was able to play 4 years of Division III college football, and we beat Wabash 3 of 4 seasons!  After graduation, I was a social worker for the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) where I met some of the best people I will ever know. The people I met at CYO are critically important to my life at CRIPE, today. Cathy and I have 5 adult children and 12 grandchildren, all healthy and happy.  I joined Al Oak and CRIPE in November 1986, 35 years ago, and the ride has been wonderful. My hobby is napping, and I am an award winning “napper” as I can take a nap anytime, anyplace.