Join the Membership!
Become a member of The Arc and join us to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Opportunities to serve on a committee, participate in fundraising, increase community awareness, and advocate for support from our local and state governments are all available to our members.
Complete this form to submit your membership registration information to The Arc of the Shoals. Membership dues are $10 per person. If you have any questions please contact The Arc at (256) 383-1472.
Our Board of Directors
Laura Wisdom, President
Laura has served on the Board of Directors since 2017.
In November 2019, she was elected to the Executive Board to serve as the Secretary. In September of 2021, Laura was elected to serve as President.
Laura has three children – Whitney (24), Wesley (21) and Walker (18). She has a brother, Craig Meek, who began receiving services from the Arc in 1996. Her brother, Craig, currently resides in one of the residential homes by the Arc.
Greg Ezell, Vice President
Greg is extremely active in the community and has a son with exceptional needs that graduated from LCHS. Greg has volunteered for UCP and promotes gainful employment for adults with exceptional needs. We are thankful to his commitment to the Arc of the Shoals!
Dustin Phillips, Secretary
Dustin was voted to the Board of Directors in June of 2021, and elected to the Executive Board in September of 2021.
Dustin is a proud alum of UNA. Dustin graduated in Fall 2018 with a B.S.Ed. in K-6 Collaborative Education and in the Spring of 2020 with an M.A.Ed. in K-12 Collaborative Education.
Dustin plans to further his education at UNA in the Fall of 2022 by getting an administration degree. His goal is to obtain an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Alabama.
Dustin proudly teaches Collaborative Education in a local school system. He serves as one of the coordinators for Night to Shine-Shoals and is a youth leader at Chapel in Florence!
Dustin is inspired by his older brother, Chad, and would like to see more opportunities provided to individuals with exceptional needs.
Dustin encourages everyone to be engaged with the Arc of the Shoals, Night to Shine-Shoals, Colbert-Lauderdale Special Olympics, and the Miracle League. Together, we can make the shoals a more inclusive community.
Rhonda Littrell, Treasurer
Rhonda has been active with our organization for many years. Her son, Alex, participates in our program and her husband currently serves on our board, too!
Rhonda was voted by the membership to be the treasurer during our September 2021 board meeting. We are grateful for her commitment to the Arc of the Shoals!
Murray has been active with the Arc of the Shoals for many years and recently was voted on by the membership to rejoin the Board of Directors at the September 2021 board meeting.
Murray has a wealth of knowledge concerning the Arc of Alabama and the Arc of the Shoals. He has an invested interest in the success of the Arc of the Shoals.
We are thankful for his commitment to serving the community!
Don has been an active member and has recently served as the organization’s president during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021). Don is the husband of Rhonda and father of Jerad and Alex Littrell. He is also the grandfather to Callie.
Don is a small business owner within the Shoals community. You can see him or his son, Jerad, working at Droke Hearing Aid Center either at the Florence or Tuscumbia location.
Don’s other son, Alex, proudly participates within the Arc of the Shoals!
Don has a wealth of knowledge and we appreciate his guidance! Thanks for your dedication, Don!
Rachel Lawrimore was nominated and agreed upon by the membership in September of 2021. Her husband, Blaze Lawrimore, is a Muscle Shoals middle school English teacher and a football coach at Muscle Shoals High School. Rachel is a proud dog mom to two adorable fur babies: Rosie and Charlie!
Rachel is currently a special education teacher.
Laiken was nominated and voted upon by the membership in September of 2021.
Laiken moved to The Shoals in 2015 to attend the University of North Alabama. During her time there, she fell in love with teaching and serving students with exceptionalities. She went on to teach life skills classes to young adults with disabilities during her Graduate Assistantship at UNA.
Laiken is currently a Collaborative Education teacher at Muscle Shoals City Schools. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2019, and she recently obtained her Master’s degree at UNA this past May.
Walter Parsley is one of a kind! Walter has served the Arc of the Shoals for many years and always bring humor to the meetings. Walter always serves selflessly, and he is a true asset to our organization!
Hi, my name is Emari Hutto. I am from Trinity, AL and a graduate of West Morgan High School. I currently am attending UNA to become a K-6 Special Education teacher. I am the current president of the Collaborative Club at UNA, where we encourage inclusion on campus for students and young adults with disabilities within our community. I am excited to participate on the board at The Arc and hope to foster a strong connection between The Arc of the Shoals and UNA.
Sharon was nominated and voted upon by the membership in September of 2021.
“My name is Sharon Fuller. I am originally from Muscle Shoals, AL. I left the area and attended Auburn University where I obtained two degrees. I have a degree in Rehabilitation Services and my masters in Early Childhood Special Education. I am currently in my 30th year of teaching at Highland Park Elementary. Most of my career has been in the Muscle Shoals City School system.
I am married to my husband Don, who I met at Auburn, and we have three children. My daughter is in college at UNA to be a teacher and I have twin boys at Muscle Shoals High School.
My son Braden was diagnosed with Autism before his first birthday. Later genetic testing revealed Fragile X syndrome. I was an unknown carrier when I became pregnant with my boys. People often ask if I became a special education teacher because of him. Actually, I had been teaching for 13 years when Braden was born. My heart belongs to the special needs community. As I near retirement, I plan to put my focus on the adult community. I am privileged to serve on the Arc of the Shoals Board of Directors. “
Misty Phillips was nominated and agreed upon by the membership in September of 2021. She is the wife of Howard and mother to Chad and Dustin. Misty is a small business owner within the Shoals community. She recently closed her hair salon to become the secretary/bookkeeper for the family business. Misty proudly shared her testimony of being a young mother. She has navigated the realities of public education, SSI, the Medicaid Waiver, and much more. She is a valuable asset to our program and the families that we serve. We look forward to seeing what all is accomplished during her term.