About Autism Involves Me
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.
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.
When Paula is not working with AIM related events, meetings, and support related services, she is the Office Manager at Imagine Pediatric Therapies where she enjoys working with Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapists & children with various special needs.
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.
Lisa Johnston has been involved with AIM NWA since 2013 and joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Lisa has been a resident of Northwest Arkansas since she was a young child and is proud to be a “local”. She and her husband Chuck have two children, Wesley and Austin. Their youngest son, Austin, was diagnosed with Asperger’s at the age of 4.
Lisa has been a part of the Walmart supplier community for over 18 years. She is currently employed with Henkel Consumer Goods as the team leader of Shopper Strategy on the Walmart account.
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 Sir Manager of Demand Planning. Alan enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying Razorback athletics.
Bryan Morse was invited to join the Autism Involves Me Board of Directors in 2015 after serving as a volunteer for the organization for several years. He and his wife, Leslye, have 2 children – a 20 year old son and a 12 year old son who was diagnosed with autism when he was 4 years old. Bryan is passionate about autism education, acceptance and advocacy. He desires to help AIM continue to provide support and empowerment for families affected by autism.
Bryan has worked for Walmart for over 10 years and currently works on the Walmart Private Fleet Team as a Manager of Inbound Transportation. Bryan enjoys spending time with family and friends, music, travel and is an avid golfer.