The MENTOR Network

Dave Petersen President, Community Support Services Operating Group (Retired), The MENTOR Network

For 40 years, Dave Petersen, who retired in 2018 as president of the Community Support Services Operating Group, has taken on the challenges of providing the highest quality services and supports to people of all ages and abilities. His remarkable career tracks our country’s struggle to see people with disabilities as equal citizens deserving of rich, rewarding lives in our communities. Dave has helped lead the way.

Since arriving at REM in 1972, he has kept the individuals he and his team supports at the top of his priority list. The list has changed over the years. Priorities have been added and crossed off. Items have moved up or down. Today, Dave leads a talented team, an entire workforce. But the people served have never left that number one spot.

Watch Dave accept his 2012 Ripple of Hope Award and be honored alongside his fellow winners in St. Paul at the Minnesota History Center.