ACT Staff

Mary Kay Kennedy, Executive Director 651-641-0297 ext 11

Mary Kay Kennedy.  Mary Kay joined ACT as director in 1987. Since that time, she has built ACT into a nationally respected figure in the self-advocacy movement. Under Kennedy’s leadership, ACT has: Built the state’s first and only organized structure for self-advocacy, SAM,

– Trained hundreMary Kay - peopleds of self-advocates leaders to know and work for their rights through ACT’s various programs, including Common Vision and the recently launched the state’s Olmstead Academy,

– Led a coalition of groups to restore state hospital cemeteries, marking over 9000 graves through its Remembering with Dignity program,

– Hosted a national e-mail dialogue on disability issues and created a disability history exhibit that has drawn international attention.

Mary Kay’s ability to see the big picture is the engine that powers ACT forward. Her equally great ability to lead participatory workshops that build self-advocate leaders is the secret of ACT’s success.

pat - peoplePatrick Mitchell, Agency Coordinator 651-641-0297

Patrick Mitchell. Patrick came to ACT in 2015, after serving two terms with AmeriCorps VISTA, most recently for the Phillips Family Foundation as the VISTA Leader. He has a Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Minnesota Duluth. As agency coordinator, Patrick has a hand in most of ACT’s programs, and supports board members and other self-advocates to help lead those programs. Patrick works alongside self-advocate leaders to organize ACT’s statewide conference, manage ACT’s Remembering with Dignity program, and lead trainings via ACT’s new job readiness program.