Position No. 5
Term Expires November 2023
“Keep The Woodlands Wonderful” is her motto; it inspires Township Director Shelley Sekula-Gibbs to work hard every day for the residents of The Woodlands. Winning her first election to The Woodlands Township Board of Directors in 2019, Dr. Sekula-Gibbs ran unopposed in 2021 and was re-elected to a second term. During her two terms, she has served as Secretary, Medical Liaison, member of the Investment, Audit, and Economic Development Committees, the One-Water Taskforce, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Council and the Convention & Visitors Bureau – Visit The Woodlands Board.
Before winning a seat on The Woodlands Township Board, Dr. Sekula-Gibbs served on the Houston City Council, at-large for three terms, where she was the first medical doctor in that capacity. In 2006, Dr. Sekula-Gibbs became the first female physician and first dermatologist to be elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, TX-22. She recalls her time in Congress was one of the greatest honors and most thrilling experiences of her life.
Dr. Sekula-Gibbs graduated summa cum laude from Our Lady Lake University 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 Baylor College of Medicine, respectively. After operating her medical practice in Clear Lake for 30 years and volunteering as clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Sekula-Gibbs sold her practice and with her husband, attorney Robert Gibbs, Jr., moved to The Woodlands to be close to family.
Dr. Sekula-Gibbs and her husband support numerous local charities and have helped recruit international organizations to bring their events to The Woodlands including 40 Days for Life who hosted their National Gala for the first time in The Woodlands in 2022 and hosted Vice President Mike Pence. As a result, this sold-out event will return to The Woodlands in 2023 with guest speaker Newt Gingrich. The Gibbs have children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and are members of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in The Woodlands.