ABOUT DR. SHELLEY
As a 5th generation Texan who was born in Floresville, a small South Texas town just north of the Eagle Ford Shale oil deposits, Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs has always loved her state and the people who call it home. Her father didn't finish 5th grade yet worked for 38 years for Shell Oil Company, mostly offshore. Due to illness, her mother was unable to complete high school yet was a successful mother, wife and homemaker. Her parents instilled the value of education into Dr. Shelley and her five siblings and encouraged them to get as much school as they could. Now as a board certified dermatologist, previously elected official, clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and a community volunteer, Dr. Shelley has the experience, commitment, and problem-solving skills needed to serve the people of The Woodlands effectively and honestly, in keeping with the vision of the extraordinary founder and developer George Mitchell.
Dr. Shelley graduated Summa Cum Laude from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio with a degree in Chemistry. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and completed residencies in family practice and dermatology at the University of Florida and the Baylor College of Medicine, respectively. She operated her medical practice in Clear Lake for 30 years before selling it in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Shelley and her husband Robert moved to The Woodlands for its beauty and serenity, and to be close to their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter.
Before running for The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, Position 5, Dr. Shelley was elected at-large for three terms and became the first medical doctor to serve on the Houston City Council. During this time, she was instrumental in bettering the health of the community by increasing the number of clinics - Federally Qualified Health Centers, also called FQHCs, from 2 to 11. These clinics provide comprehensive healthcare to low income and uninsured patients. She helped rolled back property taxes three times and implement a revenue cap. Working with federal, state, and municipal leaders, she helped orchestrate a compromise between businesses and homeowners to eliminate the need for construction of the San Jacinto rail line while relieving cost pressure on captive chemical shippers. Understanding the vital role that the Greater Houston area plays in our national economy, Dr. Shelley co-founded the Ellington Field Task Force that helped save Ellington Field from closure by the BRAC. The Task Force worked closely with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, her staff, and other federal, state and local officials to configure the Ellington Field Air National Guard base into a U.S. Military Joint Reserve Base.
In a 2006 special election, Dr. Shelley became the first female physician and first dermatologist to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she represented the people of TX-22 in the final months of the 109th Congress. Due to her not being able to have her name printed on the ballot of the general election and having to run as a write-in candidate, Dr. Shelley lost the general election. Still, she says her short time in Congress was one of the greatest honors and most thrilling experiences of her lifetime.
Since moving to The Woodlands, Dr. Shelley has been chosen to serve as Chaplain of The Woodlands Republican Women’s club and advisor to a local Young Republicans Club. Dr. Shelley and her husband Robert have grown children and grandchildren. They attend Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands.
Throughout her career, Dr. Shelley has served on a variety of boards, committees and organizations including the Houston Galveston Area Council, Greater Houston Partnership, Bay Area Economic Development Partnership and Bay Area Transportation Partnership, as well as the Tourette Syndrome Association, and the American Business & Professional Women’s Association.
Since 1985, Dr. Shelley has devoted her medical knowledge and career to help people, both as a professional and a volunteer. She has been recognized nationally for her work on skin cancer prevention and is a diplomate and fellow of an extensive list of medical organizations. Believing that God created us to make a better world and love and serve our neighbor as ourselves, she has devoted countless hours to her community, helping to initiate a rape crisis program while in medical school, lasering tattoos off young gang members through the D-Tag program, and providing Boy Scout physicals through the Sam Houston Area Council. She understands that our Democratic Republic functions best with a well-educated electorate, so investing in our youth is vital to our community and our Nation's future.