AIM Staff

Paul LeValley, Executive Director, Arlington Independent Media
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.

 

Jackie Steven, Director of Community Programs, Arlington Independent Media
Director of Community Programs

A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in the area’s film and video community for over 30 years. She has been on staff at AIM since 1986 and currently serves as the organization's Director of Community Programs.  

During her tenure at AIM, Jackie has taught media production to thousands area residents and has provided countless promotional opportunities to Washington area artists, performers and non-profit organizations. 

 Jackie’s community service work includes having served on the Mid-Atlantic regional board and national board of directors for the Alliance for Community Media.  Locally, she served on the board of directors for the Arlington Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as a founding board member of the DC Film Alliance and the DC Shorts Film Festival.  She is a graduate of Leadership Arlington, class of 2006. 

 

Lauree McArdle, Operations Manager, Arlington Independent Media
Director of Operations

Lauree joined AIM in August 2004. Her promotion to Director of Operations includes the primary functions of coordinating the scheduling of the facility and staff as well as overall operations. Lauree has also been a major driving force behind WERA 96.7 FM, Radio Arlington.

She graduated from Stockton University with a BA in Communications. Previous experience includes Montgomery Community TV, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon and WLFR, the radio station of Stockton College.  Lauree spends as much time as possible supporting independent music.

Nathan Bynum, Staff Producer, Arlington Independent Media
Staff Producer

Nathan joined AIM full-time in 2012 after working part-time with the youth Video Production Camp in 2011 and 2012. 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 high school Arlington Committee of 100 and High School Football. He formerly worked on Serving Our Needs.

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.

Patrick McCleary, Content Coordinator, Arlington Independent Media
Content Coordinator

Patrick graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2010 with a degree in English. Not long afterwards, he started working at Falls Church Community Television as a Master Control Operator, eventually acquiring the duties of camera operator and technical director for recording local government meetings. With this being a part-time position, Patrick pursued freelance work for local independent film productions.

He has successfully crewed for multiple feature length and short films as a production assistant, camera assistant, and grip. After several years, Patrick began taking classes and volunteering for productions at other public access television stations including Fairfax Public Access and Arlington Independent Media. In July 2014, he was hired part-time at AIM, and then officially transitioned to full-time status in September 2014.

Radio Coordinator Robert Winship
Radio Coordinator

Robert joined AIM part-time in May of 2016, a graduate of George Mason with a B.A. in Communication. As the Radio Coordinator, Robert looks for ways to keep the process of creating, recording and ingesting programs smooth and efficient. He’s passionate about supporting local music and integrating community members into broadcast radio through WERA.

Prior to AIM, Robert was enlisted in the Air Force as Finance Manager for the 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews and the Pentagon. He’s written about music for WAMU, interned at NPR’s business desk and contributed articles about human rights and community development to Bittersweet Magazine.

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