Meet Dan Zimmer


State Quality Council Director
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Phone: 507-289-3472


 How did you first get involved with the Quality Council and The Arc?

While working as the Director for the Region 10 Quality Commission, I had the opportunity to serve on a DHS Quality Assurance Panel from 2005 to 2007. The Panel brought forth the recommendations to create the State Quality Council and develop Regional Quality Councils to work to improve services for people with disabilities. As the Council formed and grew and changed to finally bringing independent staff – I was excited to work with this group to take those ideas and bring it to reality.

What do you enjoy the most about the work you do?

The State Quality Council is made up of extremely passionate people all holding different view points and concerns. Being involved in a process where everyone is sharing, giving and trying to work together for the common good can be challenging but also very rewarding.

What would you like to say to people who may be reading this for the first time, and to those who are more familiar with The Arc, the State/Regional Quality Council, and other similar organizations?

The most powerful force of change comes from the individual themselves and the supports around them. The more ability we can give them to make not only their day to day choices but long term choices in life – the better life they will have. We need to work hard to make sure they have many many choices and not settle!