AIM Staff

Executive Director

Paul LeValley has served as the Executive Director of Arlington Independent Media since July 1992.  Under his leadership, the organization increased its assets by more than 500 percent; built new and expanded facilities; instituted a master level production and theory curriculum; and won the Alliance for Community Media’s Overall Excellence in Public Access award five times (1994, 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008).

In addition to his work at AIM, Mr. LeValley teaches in the communication department at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and taught media production at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia for several years.  Altogether, he has more than 20 years of experience teaching in higher education. 

Mr. LeValley has served on the national board of directors and the Mid-Atlantic regional board for the Alliance for Community Media from 1993 to 1996.  He was a member of the Arlington Committee of 100 board of directors from 1995 to 1996 and of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce communication council from 1994 to 2002.  He is a graduate of the Leadership Arlington class of 2001 and served on its speaker selection committee from 2002 – 2006.

Prior to his joining the staff at AIM, Mr. LeValley was the Director of Carroll Community Television, a public, education, and government media center in Westminster, Md.  He also served as Director of Programming for Heritage Communications in Iowa City, Iowa, and General Manager of Specification Video in Boone, Iowa.  He holds an M.A. degree in communication studies and a B.A. degree in journalism, film and broadcasting from the University of Iowa.

 

Director of Community Programming

A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in the area’s film and video community for over 25 years. She has been on staff at AIM since 1986 and currently serves as the organization's Director of Community Programs, and as Director of the Rosebud Film and Video Festival. 

During her tenure at AIM, Jackie has taught video production to more than a thousand area residents and has provided countless promotional opportunities to Washington area artists, performers and non-profit organizations. Jackie works closely with the Arlington Public Schools conducting special workshops, after school programs, and by providing job shadow and internship opportunities to high school students.  In addition, she leads the Document Arlington Project, a television production and oral history summer apprenticeship program open to all Arlington high school students.

 Jackie’s community service work includes having served on the regional and national board of directors for the Alliance for Community Media. She served on the board of directors for the Arlington Chapter of the American Red Cross, and since 2006 she has served on the board of directors for the DC Film Alliance.  She is a graduate of Leadership Arlington, class of 2006, and is currently a member of the Leadership Arlington Youth Committee. 

 

Operations Manager and Programming Coordinator

Lauree joined AIM in August 2004. Her promotion to Operations Manager includes the primary functions of coordinating the scheduling of the facility & staff, overall operations and programming the channel. Lauree also heads up the Arlington Independent Radio project. She graduated from The Richard Stockton College of NJ with a BA in Communications. Previous experience include: Montgomery Community TV, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and WLFR, the radio station of Stockton College.  Lauree is a member of Women in Film & Video and spends as much time as possible supporting independent music.

Senior Staff Producer and Instructor

Devin Gallagher started working at AIM in November 2007. Before coming to AIM he was director of video production for the Braddock Youth Project in Pittsburgh, PA, a program to teach underserved high school youth. As staff producer with AIM, Devin works on staff programs such as The Nations Capital Sports Show, shoots events such as local election coverage, and edits footage from a variety of staff-shot footage. Devin is directly responsible for production of Arlington high school football and basketball, various van productions, and coverage of many community events. Additionally, Devin teaches field production and editing classes at AIM, and helps individual producers partner with crew members who are fresh out of AIM classes.

Staff Producer and Instructor

Nathan joined AIM full-time in 2012 after working part-time with the youth Video Production Camp in 2011 and 2012. Nathan has worked as a middle school counselor, freelance videographer and high school TV production teacher.  His freelance projects include a project for Crossroads Community Food Network and videos for organizations promoting teen entrepreneurship, teen meditation, and adult meditation and mindfulness retreats. During the 2011-2012 school year, Nathan was the TV production teacher in the Communication Arts Program at Blair High School, where he served as a long-term substitute teacher.

Nathan's work with AIM began in the summer of 2011 as a counselor for the youth Video Production Camp.  He returned the following summer and in Fall 2012 joined AIM as a full-time instructor and producer.  Nathan now serves as director of the Video Production Camp and leads an after school video program at Key Elementary School.  In addition, he produces programs such as Arlington Committee of 100 and Serving Our Needs.

Membership Coordinator

Elaine started working at AIM in September 2012.  A recent graduate of American University’s School of Communications’ graduate program “Producing Film and Video," Elaine previously worked as Membership and Programming Coordinator for Women in Film and Video in Washington, DC.  After graduating from AU in May 2012, Elaine moved to the Arlington, VA area and volunteers in the community with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Elaine joins AIM with a background in arts non-profit membership and administrative work. As Membership Coordinator, Elaine handles the membership enrollment program and member inquiries. Elaine also seeks ways to enhance the AIM experience for the membership community.  Elaine also organizes monthly membership events such as happy hours at local restaurants, Karaoke Night and the Annual Picnic.  

Staff Producer and Instructor

Kevin started working at AIM in October 2012. He received an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011.  Before coming to work at AIM, Kevin taught filmmaking and stop motion to elementary and middle school aged students at Fairfax Collegiate, and was a video editor at IREX, a non-profit in D.C.

At AIM, Kevin teaches editing and Producer Basics.  He also produces the programs Picture Lock and Viewfinder. Outside of AIM, Kevin writes and directs independent films, and looks forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it. 

Communications Coordinator

Ali started at AIM in August 2012, after previously working as an Associate Producer for the Washington, DC firm O’Keefe Communications. Ali got her start in marketing and communications with Divine Chocolate, the world’s first farmer-owned fair trade chocolate company.  She is a graduate of the theater program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds a Certificate in Web Design from Northern Virginia Community College.  

Since joining AIM, Ali started AIM's blog and oversaw the design of a new website and membership database, in addition to producing short videos for the nonprofit organization Our Task.  She writes and edits the AIM e-newsletter and tweets for AIM @arlington_media.

Chris was a participant in the very first Document Arlington Project at Arlington Independent Media in 2006. Because it was such a great experience, Chris pursued film in college and graduate school. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Documentary Film and History program in 2012. Shortly after that, he was thrilled to return to AIM, where he is happily helping members to produce community programming, while also planning his own documentaries and other projects for the near future.