MEET THE AIMS STAFF
Irvin C. Shambaugh began his scientific career in 1962. His research spans learning theory, psychometrics, and the validation of educational and vocational applications of the AIMS test battery. This work has been documented in dozens of technical reports, statistical bulletins, and other publications. Mr. Shambaugh’s studies were at Pennsylvania State University, where he received his B.S., and at the University of Southern California. After advanced studies in geophysics and applied mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, Mr. Shambaugh pursued additional graduate studies in experimental psychology at Texas Christian University and in educational psychology at East Texas State University.
A member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, Mr. Shambaugh also belongs to the American Psychological Society (charter member), the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Test Directors, the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, the American Psychological Association (associate member), the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His achievements have been recognized by Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Education.While continuing to improve the AIMS program through research, Mr. Shambaugh also is active in sharing his practical knowledge of aptitudes and their uses with examinees. His influence has been crucial in developing the new technologies for aptitude measurement that make the AIMS program preeminent in this field.
Delayna Griffith is a Senior Test Administrator and Advisor. Mrs. Griffith completed her undergraduate and interdisciplinary study at El Centro College and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Later, she fulfilled the requisites for a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University - Commerce. Mrs. Griffith’s teaching career has spanned two decades, with hundreds of students throughout Dallas and Richardson School Districts. Her expertise includes language arts, social sciences instruction, early childhood education, as well as general education qualification for multiple grade levels. Recognizing her potential for improving the standards of quality for instructors and students, Mrs. Griffith applied her talents to educational administration.
She designed research-based thematic units that intertwine the visual and performing arts with core subjects to engage students in ways that traditional instruction neglected. Reading material development for students requiring remediation provided an outlet for Mrs. Griffith’s creativity and passion for social service. Young adults who were at-risk of dropping-out of high school also benefitted from her instructional design and test-preparation coursework. In her time outside of school and office, Mrs. Griffith enjoys travel with her family, reading, yoga and pilates, and volunteering with local charitable organizations, such as Life in Deep Ellum. Her professional associations and membership include: National Academic Advising Association, Association of American Educators, and National Career Career Development Association.
Mindy Poe has served as the Director of AIMS since 2012, having previously worked with high school students as a teacher, counselor, and career advisor since 2000. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Career Development Association. Mrs. Poe completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature with Education Studies at Midwestern State University.
Mrs. Poe also received two graduate degrees, a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Education in Counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce. In addition, she has been coordinator and administrator for AIMS services at colleges and private schools throughout the region. Mrs. Poe edited the most recent edition of The AIMS Handbook and has contributed to the development of new tests and publications for AIMS and other educational facilities. Mrs. Poe is active in volunteer work for Dallas-area outreach programs.
Deborah Tatum joined the AIMS staff in 1982. Prior experience in private and preparatory schools involved her in curriculum development, college counseling, and teaching. Mrs. Tatum received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling at Eastern Illinois University. She has continued in post graduate studies at UT Arlington, Texas A&M University at Commerce, and Dallas Theological Seminary. Mrs. Tatum belongs to the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Association of Career Professionals International. Married with two children, Mrs. Tatum is active in school and community volunteer work. Avocationally, Mrs. Tatum participates in counseling and teaching ministries.
Alicia M. Schulze has over 10 years of experience at AIMS and has built a vast knowledge of how to match a client’s aptitudes with appropriate careers, colleges, and majors. Ms. Schulze continues to advance ways to help clients most fully utilize the results of the AIMS Program and translate in the information into career success. She has created a database of Career Pathways, developed connections with college admissions officers, and authored numerous articles on a variety of relevant educational and vocational topics. With an undergraduate degree from Drury University, and a Master’s Degree from Webster University – Geneva, Ms. Schulze draws from a diverse academic background to relate to her clients and help them navigate their options.
In her capacity as the Testing Trip Coordinator for AIMS, Ms. Schulze develops, plans, and coordinates approximately 6-10 trips per year in order to bring the AIMS Testing Program to students around Texas and even to states such as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona.
As the only AIMS Advisor to earn a Certified Professional Career Coach designation, Ms. Schulze is passionate about helping her clients understand and connect with their testing results in order to discover new ways to turn dreams into goals, and goals into realities. She is a member of the Professional Resume Writers and Career Coaches organization, the National Career Development Association, the National Association of College Admission Counseling, and the Texas Association of College Admission Counseling.
Brad Seal is a Senior Test Administrator and Logistics Facilitator at AIMS. As the only child of a school counselor, Mr. Seal has been exposed to various career and personality tests from an early age and chose to continue his exposure to the field. He received a B.A. in Organizational Communications from the University of Tulsa, then moved north to obtain his Masters at Syracuse University. Before joining AIMS,
Mr. Seal spent time as a radio broadcaster and he spends time as an AIMS liaison at various industry conferences throughout the country. Mr. Seal is a member of The National Career Development Association and Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling. Avocationally, he participates in several sports, is an avid traveler, and enjoys spending time with his two terrier mixes, Noodle and Guinness.
Kelli Connelly serves as the Office Manager at AIMS. Mrs. Connelly completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Texas State University in San Marcos. For over a decade, Mrs. Connelly has been a valued member of the staff. Additionally, she enthusiastically manages her home with her husband Ryan and daughter Kyla.
Kira Rutland is one of the newest staff members of the AIMS organization. Having lived in the Dallas Metroplex for some time, Ms. Rutland completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas at Dallas. Outside of the office, she devotes her time to her young son, Phoenix.