Autism Involves Me Our Organization

Autism is a journey.

Autism Involves Me was founded in 2002 with a mission to serve families impacted with autism in both direct and indirect ways. Since then, Autism Involves Me has worked with families, schools, medical providers, as well as, congress and senate members, to serve those touched by autism. Autism Involves Me hosts events for the autism community to engage in. It is a time to meet great people in an environment safe for individuals on the autism spectrum. In addition, we bring professional resources and information sources to the Northwest Arkansas Community to inform and educate parents and caregivers on key information. To learn more about Autism Involves Me and how you can be involved, please visit our Give Back section.

Board of Directors
Luke Colley

Luke Colley,  Treasurer

Luke joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2017. He and his wife, Jessica, have 2 children – a son Justus (age 8) and a daughter Ellis (age 5). Both of Luke’s children have been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. Luke is passionate about autism education and supporting families who have been impacted by autism, particularly those in the early stages of diagnosis.

Luke has worked for United Bank for over 4 years and currently serves as their Chief Lending Officer.

Lynsey Decator specialist in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Lynsey Decator -M.S., CCC-SLP

Lynsey is a certified bilingual speech-language pathologist who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, bilingual populations, and augmentative/alternative communication. Originally from Fayetteville, she graduated from the University of Arkansas, and then pursued her Master of Science in Communication Disorders at Arizona State University. Lynsey holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed in the state of Arkansas. She currently works for Children’s Therapy T.E.A.M. in Bentonville.

Lynsey has been actively involved with AIM since 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. She brings a unique perspective to the Board of Directors and is looking forward to utilizing her skills to support even more families affected by Autism. Additionally, her bilingual background will assist the group with reaching families from diverse cultures.

Alan Rutledge Autism Education with AIM

Alan Rutledge,  President

Alan Rutledge joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2016.  He and his wife, Traci, have 2 children – a daughter Kylie (age 15) and a son Riley (age 12).  Riley was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old.  Alan is passionate about finding new ways to best support the development needs of kids with autism so they can meet their full potential.  He desires to help AIM continue its mission of awareness and education within the community in order to improve the lives of those families that are affected by autism.

Alan has worked for Walmart for over 7 years and currently works as a Sr Manager of Demand Planning.  Alan enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying Razorback athletics.

Jacci Zaerr

Jacci Zaerr, Vice-President

Jacci Zaerr relocated to NW Arkansas from Oklahoma in 2001.  She and her husband, Chad, have been married for 8 years and have three dogs, Riley, Ridley and Lucy.  Jacci is passinate about helping and serving others in our community. She has been a mentor with Saving Grace NWA since 2010 and is a mentor for Benton County Sheriff's Office through their Youth Diversion Program. She joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2018. 

Jacci has been employed ​with Walmart for 13 years and is currently a project manager in Global Investigations, Security Aviation and Travel. She loves to travel to new places and spend time with her family.

Paula Towle Director of Autism Involves Me, Autism Nonprofit

Paula Towle

Paula Towle is the Executive Director of Autism Involves Me. Paula relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Southern Alabama in 2005. She has a son, Kaleb, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. Paula started with AIM as a parent looking for support and help with learning about Autism. In 2007, Paula was asked to step into the role of Assistant Director of AIM of NWA. Paula is also the Co-Founder of the Autism Involves Me annual event in Bentonville, AR. 

Paula now serves in a full time role at Autism Involves Me. Prior to her role with AIM, Paula spent several years at Imagine Pediatric Therapies. 

Jessica Skordal 

Jessica Skordal is the Executive Director of Events for Autism Involves Me. Jessica is a native Arkansan and currently resides in Centerton. Jessica is a former educator whose love for the Autism community grew when her son, Dawson, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 3. Since that time, Jessica has become passionate about helping families find the resources and support they need. In 2016, Jessica was asked to step into the role of Executive Director of Events.

When she’s not working for AIM, Jessica is an Independent Director with Thirty-One gifts. She loves spending time with her family and cheering on the Hogs.