It’s our vision
to create an inclusive and accepting environment for those we serve in our community, with improved awareness, advocacy, and the best local resources available.
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 of Executive Director at Autism Involves Me. Prior to her role with AIM, Paula spent several years at Imagine Pediatric Therapies.
Jessica 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.
Board of Directors
Alan 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 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.
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.
Shanise joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2018. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 19 years. Shanise and Jeff have 3 children, Jaxson (age 17), Sydnei (age 15), and Kristian (age 14). Shanise’s son, Jaxson, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. She is passionate about autism awareness and serving others in her community. Shanise has worked for Tyson Foods since 2006 and is currently a Pricing Manager in the Foodservice division. She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and watch her favorite team, the Pittsburg Steelers, play football.