Tim Cooper

Executive Director

Tim began working as The Arc’s Executive Director on June 13, 2019.  He is retired from Education after working 31 years. He spent the last 20 years at Coldwater Elementary as the Physical Education Teacher. Tim is no stranger to many consumers of The Arc’s programs. He spent many summers working at The Arc’s summer day camps for children with disabilities, often as a Director or Senior Counselor. He also has been involved with our Special Olympics programs, most recently, starting the Stand Up Paddle Board Team. He holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Special Education from Jacksonville State University and a Masters Degree in Physical Education. Tim has been married to Nancy Hubbert Cooper since 1989. They have three children, Savannah, Betsy and Drew.

Pati Tiller

Outreach Coordinator and Puppet Coordinator

Pati graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with degrees in both Sociology and Theatre, and she continues to combine her love for both fields in her work. Prior to joining the Arc staff on April Fool’s Day 1996, Pati had volunteered for the agency’s Kids on the Block Educational Puppet Program for three years. She was delighted to take on the position of coordinator for that program, and later those of coordinator for the agency’s Special Olympics programs, therapeutic recreational programs and Adult Day Camp as well. She also handles The Arc’s public relations and outreach. Pati came to The Arc after working 12 years in local print and broadcast media positions. She continues to indulge her love of acting at area theatre companies whenever possible.

Debra Harvey

Family Adovcate

Debra joined The Arc’s office staff on September 1, 2015 after working 24 years as the transition specialist and 11 years as a teacher at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind’s Helen Keller School. But Debra is no stranger to many consumers of The Arc’s programs. She spent many summers working at The Arc’s summer day camps for children with disabilities, often as a director of the camps for preschool-aged children or children with multiple disabilities. She also was employed for a summer as Director of The Arc of North Talladega County’s Summer Camp for children with multiple disabilities and served a term on The Arc of Alabama’s Board of Directors. She holds a Master in Special Education from Jacksonville State University and a Certification in Visual Impairment from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Betty Kelley

Administrative Assistant

Betty Kelley began working as Administrative Assistant at The Arc on March 14, 2013. Betty lives in Jacksonville with husband Donnie Kelley. Betty has three children, LeAnne, Michelle and Craig and a daughter-in-law, Brandi. She also has six grandchildren; Trent, Hali, Hannah, CJ, Zoe and Finnley Paige. She enjoys sewing, making crafts, reading and walking her Pyrenees, Bandit.