Position No. 5
Term Expires November 2023
Serves on the Economic Development Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee, Drainage Task Force (Alternate), and Visit The Woodlands/Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also serves as the Township Medical Liaison.
A fifth-generation Texan, Dr. Shelley Sekula-Gibbs was born in Floresville, a small south Texas town near the Eagle Ford shale. She loves living in The Woodlands, which she notes is recognized as the best hometown in Texas and was recently heralded as the fourth-best place to live in America. Her goal in serving on the Township Board is to keep The Woodlands wonderful and make it even better for future generations, ultimately achieving the number one spot in the U.S.A.
Dr. Sekula-Gibbs’ father, a Navy veteran of WWII, worked over 38 years for Shell Oil Company, mostly offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Her mother was a devoted wife and Christian homemaker. Although neither parent finished high school, they encouraged their six children to get as much education as possible. Shelley took that message to heart. As a board-certified dermatologist, previously elected official, clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, community volunteer and newly elected member of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, she is excited to share her experience and problem-solving skills with the people of The Woodlands.
In 1975, Shelley Ann Sekula graduated Summa Cum Laude from Our Lady 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 natural 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 to the Houston City Council, at-large for three terms and became the first medical doctor to serve on that 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 two to 11. These clinics provide comprehensive healthcare to low income and uninsured patients. She helped roll back property taxes three times and implement a revenue cap that has saved taxpayers over $700 million. 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 in Bayport. 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 Base Realignment and Closure Commission, BRAC. The Task Force worked closely with federal, state and local officials to configure 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 and vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. There she represented the people of TX-22 in the final months of the 109th Congress. Although her term was brief, she says her 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. She is a member of Women of The Woodlands club and a scholarship supporter of the Montgomery County Association of Business Women, MCABW. Dr. Shelley and her husband Robert have grown children and grandchildren. They are active members of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in The Woodlands.