Dave Petersen President, Community Support Services (CSS) Operating Group
As president of the Community Support Services (CSS) Operating Group, Dave oversees human services operations in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as programs serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Dave joined the organization in 2003 when The MENTOR Network partnered with REM, a national provider of residential services for people with disabilities. Prior to the merger, Dave was an executive director with REM responsible for managing residential and support services throughout the state of Minnesota. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Dave’s expertise spans much of the human services spectrum and includes work as a direct support professional and involvement with individuals with acquired brain injuries and the senior community. Early in Dave’s career, he designed and opened what is believed to be the first community-based residence in the United States for offenders with disabilities. Dave holds both a B.S. and an M.A. from St. Cloud State University.