Arlene Poncelet

Executive Director, SD Council on Developmental Disabilities

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

I believe it chose me.  I accepted a position as support staff for the Council and a few years later was asked to apply for the Executive Director position.  Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families has become my passion and my career.

What was your favorite subject in school?

I’ve always liked history.  I would recommend Parallels in Time to learn more about Disability History.  

What keeps you motivated?

Knowing that there are more people with developmental disabilities who haven’t yet achieved their dreams and goals.

What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?

I have an Associate degree is Office Management and 22 years of working with for the SD Council on Developmental Disabilities.  

How do you hope to make a difference?

The SD Council on Developmental Disabilities makes a difference every day for someone. I’m just happy to work in the background and help others through the Council’s work.