ACT State Organizations

Helping People Achieve Education and Workplace Success

A Unique Network of Education and Workplace Professionals

Representing individuals from the earliest grades through careers, ACT State Organizations members include teachers, counselors, administrators, enrollment advisors, and business professionals. ACT State Organizations is represented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and includes:

  • Over 11,800 members—and growing
  • 661 actively engaged state council members who guide the work of each individual ACT state organization
  • 15 elected Steering Committee members who work to identify initiatives and ensure their alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of ACT

ACT State Organizations provides opportunities for diverse groups of education and workplace professionals to connect, allowing ideas and issues to intersect as members learn from one another and unify in purpose. 

Benefits of Membership

ACT State Organizations members help shape the education and workforce landscape so that everyone can achieve education and workplace success. As a member, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Access to member-only webinars
  • Easy access to ACT Newsletters
  • Policy and advocacy support
  • Opportunities to serve on committees that provide direct feedback to ACT
  • Professional development opportunities 

Membership is free and open to all who champion the ACT mission—Helping people achieve education and workplace success. For information on how to join your state organization, please or follow the link below.

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Calendar of Events


September 2019
September 13: 2019 Kansas and Missouri ACT Conference

October 2019
October 16: 2019 Kentucky ACT Symposium 
October 23: 2019 North Carolina ACT Conference 

November 2019
November 13: 2019 South Carolina ACT Conference 

December 2019
December 3: 2019 Arizona ACT Summit 
December 11: 2019 Alabama ACT Conference


January 2020
January 14: 2020 Texas ACT Summit
January 27: 2020 Nevada ACT Conference
January 28-29: 2020 Ohio ACT Conference 

March 2020
March 3: 2020 Arkansas ACT Summit
March 5: 2020 Oklahoma ACT Conference 
March 11: 2020 Louisiana ACT Conference
March 11: 2020 Iowa ACT Conference
March 24: 2020 Wisconsin ACT Conference 




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A National Network

Creating intersections of ideas and issues crucial to education and workplace success.

ACT State Organizations works closely with grassroots volunteers across the country. Below, learn more about the five regional districts, the district manager assigned to each, and a sampling of research relevant to each state.

  • Represented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia
  • 5 districts, each with a district manager who serves as the facilitator for council members wthin their district and maintains a direct connection to ACT
Map of U.S. showing all 50 states are represented

State Organizations by District

Northwest District

Picture of Northwest District Manager Savanah Schott

Northwest District Manager
Savanah Schott

Midwest District

Picture of Midwest District Manager Tim Osborn

Midwest District Manager
Tim Osborn

Northeast District

Picture of Northeast District Manager Debra FitzGerald

Northeast District Manager
Debra FitzGerald

Southwest District

Picture of Southwest District Manager Mike DiNicola

Southwest District Manager
Mike DiNicola

Southeast District

Picture of Southeast District Manager Bobby Rush

Southeast District Manager
Bobby Rush

Steering Committee

Left to Right:

Back row- Mike Longo, Jared Cleveland, Tim Dorsey, Fred Villa and Carol Cutler White
Front row- Sherry Copeland, Melissa Miller Kincart, Connie Coleman, Luke Greiner, Michael Firch, Sonia Wright-McMurray and Bill Rinkenbaugh
Not Pictured: Nathan Evans, Mary Kerns and Denny Smith

Melissa Miller Kincart, Director, Strategic Partnerships and College and Career Readiness, Rapid City Area School, K-12, Midwest, SD

Sherry Copeland, Assistant Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, Postsecondary, Midwest, MO

Luke Greiner, Labor Market Analyst, State of Minnesota, Workforce, Midwest, MN

Michael Firch, Student Services Coordinator, Sussex Technical High School, K-12, Northeast, DE

Tim Dorsey, Dean of Student Affairs, Cuyahoga Community College, Postsecondary, Northeast, OH

Mike Longo, Director, Lorain County Workforce Development Agency, Workforce, Northeast, OH

Mary Kerns, English Teacher, Kelly Walsh High School, K-12, Northwest, WY

Bill Rinkenbaugh, Vice-President of Student Services, Butler Community College, Postsecondary, Northwest, KS

Fred Villa, Associate Vice President, University of Alaska, Workforce, Northwest, AK

Connie Coleman, High School Guidance Counselor/Adjunct Instructor, Hillcrest High School/The University of Alabama, K-12, Southeast, AL

Carol Cutler White, Assistant Professor, Community College Leadership, Mississippi State University, Postsecondary, Southeast, MS

Denny Smith, Director of Testing & Assessment, Calhoun Community College, Workforce, Southeast, AL

Jared Cleveland, Deputy Superintendent, Personnel, Springdale Public Schools, K-12, Southwest, AR

Nathan Evans, Chief of Staff, Academic and Student Affairs, California State University Office of the Chancellor, Postsecondary, Southwest, CA

Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Director, CTE Special Projects, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Workforce, Southwest, AR

Our Team

Suzanne Conquest
Senior Director 

Heidi Vekemans
Program Manager 

500 ACT Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168


Structure and Purpose



Building a community of educators and workforce professionals to help people achieve education and workplace success.



Eliminate the skills gap by connecting the outcomes of K-12 and postsecondary to career opportunities. 


Our Members

The more than 11,800 ACT State Organization members are, first and foremost, education and workforce professionals. Since membership in the organizations is completely voluntary, members are experts in their fields and champions for ACT. Members believe in the ACT mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success, and have the desire to help others act on this philosophy.

“As a result of participation in the Pennsylvania ACT State Organization, I have been able to network with like-minded individuals from various fields, enabling me to access more knowledge and resources about how to assist the students I work with in TRIO to help them become as successful as possible.”

—Jennifer Cughan
Academic Coordinator, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Council Member


What We Do

Members work together to coordinate and participate in activities that advocate and advance the ACT mission. This includes providing feedback to ACT staff about ACT solutions, participating in ACT State Organizations conferences and workshops, and supporting state-specific initiatives.


How We Do This

ACT State Organizations members' expertise spans the kindergarten to career continuum, allowing members to connect with diverse groups within their states and across the country. From elementary teachers to secondary administrators to enrollment advisors to workforce professionals, stakeholders engage in dialogue and unify in purpose around college and career readiness issues. Passionate professionals can join their state's ACT council and meet monthly to guide direction for state-specific issues that affect their ACT State Organization.

We work closely with departments across ACT to provide members with the most updated news and information, including on the legislative front. Team members monitor federal and state legislation to ensure that proposed laws, policies, and regulations support success for all students instead of creating barriers. We regularly educate our members on these measures to keep them updated as informed stakeholders.


Steering Committee

The ACT State Organizations Steering Committee comprises 15 elected members who work to identify ACT State Organizations initiatives and ensure their alignment with the mission, goals, and objectives of ACT. The Steering Committee format enables ACT State Organizations to operate more efficiently and effectively through shared resources, streamlined communications, and standardized processes across state councils.

ACT State Organizations & State and Federal Programs (SFP) help position ACT as a thought leader at the national and state levels. As a part of the ACT Education and Career Solutions division, SFP comprises experts in policy development, federal and state government relations, and outreach to states and national organizations. SFP staff members are primarily located in Iowa City and Washington, DC, which affords the office a unique opportunity to closely align with ACT business units, policymakers, and national thought leaders.


Additional Resources

ACT State Organizations Resources


2019 College and Career Readiness Champions (CCRC)

The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018

Progress report on the 2018 ACT-tested graduating class