Monty Kerr, Deputy Director for the DODD Office of Policy and Strategic Direction since May 2011, has announced his retirement effective February 6. Teresa Kobelt – currently Assistant Deputy Director for the division – will succeed him as Deputy Director.
Director John Martin noted, “During Monty’s tenure, the Department took a leadership role in a number of important initiatives. They include: Employment First; Early Intervention; the Positive Culture Initiative; National Core Indicators; imagine; the Autism Certification program, and many other key projects. The lives of individuals with developmental disabilities will continue to be positively impacted by the work done in these areas, under Monty’s guidance at the Department.”
DODD greatly appreciates the vision and the enthusiasm Monty has brought to the DD field– and we know that, through his efforts, many positive strides have been taken that will benefit the thousands of participants in the statewide service system. In addition, we appreciate Monty’s foresight in bringing Teresa Kobelt onboard last year. She is well-prepared for the leadership role, having served as Director of Adult Services for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and in key roles previously at DODD. Her depth of knowledge and ability to forge and strengthen partnerships will allow for a seamless leadership transition.
We wish Monty all the best in his retirement, and welcome Teresa to this new role.