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. 

Staff

Paula George

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.

Board of Directors

Alan Rutledge

President

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 ZAERR

Vice President

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.

Shanise Weatherman

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.   

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Suite 9
Bentonville, AR 72712