Meet our team

Paula George- Executive Director

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Paula relocated to Northwest Arkansas from Southern Alabama in 2005. She and her husband Joseph have 2 boys, Kaleb and Tyler. Her son, Kaleb, 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. She served as a volunteer and Board Member until  2017 when she accepted a full time role with AIM as their Executive Director. She is also the Co-Founder of the annual AIM Walk. 

Paula is passionate about helping others, especially parents of children with special needs. 

Paula enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing DIY projects with her husband and attending church. 

Alan Rutledge- President

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Alan joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2016. He and his wife, Traci, have 2 children – a daughter Kylie and a son Riley. 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

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Jacci relocated to NW Arkansas from Oklahoma in 2001. She and her husband, Chad, married in 2009 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- Board Member

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 Shanise joined the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2018. She has been married to her husband Jeff since 2000. Shanise and Jeff have 3 children, Jaxson, Sydnei, and Kristian. 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.   

Dane Dickson- Board Member

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Matt Bradford- Board Member

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