We are happy to have Ben Tilley on board at ACT as our new Human Resources Training Specialist. He started August 21st.

Ben moved to Columbia in 1979 and worked for the Nowell’s company. Almost 20 years later he started working at Fairview Elementary to follow his true passion of being a teacher.

He worked with Columbia’s school district for 21 years -he’s been a second grade teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, assistant director of research, supervisor of Title I programs, and the director of summer school.

Most recently, he was the assistant superintendent for Columbia Public Schools.

In his new role at ACT, Ben will be responsible for all training. He will track everyone’s training, develop new training materials, and serve as a back-up trainer. He will also work with management to help train employees who are struggling in certain areas.

Ben will also administer the College of Direct Support (an online training tool ACT uses) and all other online trainings.

ACT has more than 200 employees. Nineteen mandatory trainings are required for most of these workers. Given this huge volume of training, it became obvious recently that this position is an absolute necessity. We are excited to have Ben step in to accomplish this important work.

“We are excited to have Ben in this role. We pride ourselves on the training we provide our employees to ensure the best care for the individuals we serve,” Brian Tvietnes, HR Director, says.

Ben has been married for 34 years to his wife, Janet. They have two children, Chris and Laura, who both live in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the ACT community and to be able to use the skills that I learned over a number of years while working in business and in education,” Ben says.

Welcome, Ben!