Yankton Woman To Lead Department Of Human Services
by Associated Press
August 30, 2013 1:01 PM
A Yankton woman has been appointed secretary of the Department of Human Services.
Since 2000, Gloria Pearson has been executive director of Ability Building Services, a Yankton community support provider that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Before that, she was executive director of the Community Support Providers of South Dakota, and for 11 years she led what is now Dakota Milestones, a community support provider in Chamberlain.
Human Services oversees the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the South Dakota Developmental Center at Redfield.
Pearson is a Sisseton native and a graduate of South Dakota State University and Northern State University.
She starts Nov. 4.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced the appointment Friday.