We are FEAT of Louisville.

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville is a non-profit organization that actively supports and funds autism programs for the entire family. Created for families by families, FEAT of Louisville is dedicated to easing the autism journey through ongoing support, education and programs including the Autism Friendly Business Initiative.


FEAT was founded in December 1999 by a small group of parents searching for answers to their children's complex medical problems and educational needs. We are now a dynamic group of families in the Kentuckiana area with a growing membership.

Executive Director

Shellie A. May, BSN

Shellie has passionately advocated on behalf of children and families for decades, serving on several state and local boards and committees focused on Kentucky’s most vulnerable children, including KY Autism Council, State Interagency Council (SIAC), the Passport Health Plan/Partnership Council and the board of directors of Kids Center, Louisville Pediatric Therapy Center Louisville, and Easter Seals of Louisville. She has volunteered and worked closely on planning committees and fundraising efforts for local organizations, including The Zoofari, Metro United Way’s Build a Bed, the Zoom Group’s Spring Zing and the Unbridled Eve Gala whose beneficiary includes Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit that feeds school children.
In her most recent role, Shellie served as the Executive Director of the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs (OCSHCN) for the state of Kentucky, where she enhanced the quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs through quality service, leadership, advocacy, education and collaboration. OCSHCN grew as a visible leader in supporting the highest quality of life for Kentucky’s children with special health care needs and their families through collaboration and creation of a more accessible community-based system of support.
Shellie grew up in Louisville, is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the prestigious Bellarmine University Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences.
She has been married to her husband, John, for 27 years and have 24-year-old triplets, John Jr., Patrick, and Charlotte. As a mother of a medically complex son, Patrick, she has a unique perspective into the life and challenges of families and children with special health care needs. In 2012, Shellie was named by Today’s Woman Magazine as Most Admired Woman of the Year in the Government and Politics sector. She has served in several executive level administrative positions, including the Executive Assistant to Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf, and as Legislative Assistant to Metro Louisville Councilman Ken Fleming. In 2007, she was appointed by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher to serve as a member of both the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs Board and the Advisory Council for Medical Assistance.

Community Outreach Coordinator

Monica Cooper

My name is Monica Cooper. I am a mom of three boys, Isaac, Ian and Elijah. Isaac and Ian both have Autism. When we received the first diagnosis over 8 years ago my husband and I were not sure what to do or where to go for help. A friend told us about FEAT and the programs and support that they offered. We immediately decided to get involved. At first this was a slow process for us because we were still trying to navigate and wrap our minds around what Autism was. Two short years later our next son would receive the same diagnosis. This hit us pretty hard and we soon discovered we needed to get off of our “island” and needed to surround ourselves with other families just like us that were all on the same journey. FEAT allowed us to take our children swimming, to the Science Center to the park and even participate in our local ST. Patty’s Day Parade in a fun, yet safe environment. My children have been able to go out into the community and feel loved and accepted by other families. FEAT has not only given my family a sense of belonging, but it has ignited a passion within me to help bring others families that have children with Autism together. The families that are a part of FEAT have become an extended family to me. I want give families the same HOPE, that was given to me.

AFBI Program Manager

Melanie H. West

Melanie earned her B.A. in Communications from the University of Louisville. After a career in the banking industry with Fifth Third Bank and JP Morgan Chase she took a different career path to become the CEO of her family. Melanie continued to be involved in the community volunteering at Dunn Elementary and actively serving on their PTA Board. Being a Louisville native, she is passionate about this city and directly impacting families.
The West family has been part of the FEAT movement for years, volunteering and participating in the 5K and FEAT Galas. Melanie joined FEAT of Louisville in February 2018 becoming the Autism Friendly Business Initiative Program Manager. “I am truly passionate about engaging and partnering with local businesses to bring Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation for the vast Autism Community.”
In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, working out, hiking, dancing, skiing, traveling, the beach, and an active member of Northeast Christian Church. Melanie is married to the love of her life Mark and has two children.

“Don’t try to understand everything. Sometimes it is not meant to be understood, just accepted.”
-Anonymous

Melanie earned her B.A. in Communications from the University of Louisville. After a career in the banking industry with Fifth Third Bank and JP Morgan Chase she took a different career path to become the CEO of her family. Melanie continued to be involved in the community volunteering at Dunn Elementary and actively serving on their PTA Board. Being a Louisville native, she is passionate about this city and directly impacting families.
The West family has been part of the FEAT movement for years, volunteering and participating in the 5K and FEAT Galas. Melanie joined FEAT of Louisville in February 2018 becoming the Autism Friendly Business Initiative Program Manager. “I am truly passionate about engaging and partnering with local businesses to bring Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation for the vast Autism Community.”
In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, B.You Fitness, hiking, dancing, skiiing, traveling, the beach, and an active member of Northeast Christian Church. Melanie is married to the love of her life Mark and has two children.

“Don’t try to understand everything. Sometimes it is not meant to be understood, just accepted.”
-Anonymous

Communication Specialist

Melissa Geralds

I am the Communication Specialist for FEAT of Louisville. I am a wife to Todd and a mom to Morgan who is currently serving in the United States Navy and to Lexie who is in the 7th grade.
I am excited to be working for FEAT. I have a passion for serving in the non-profit world. I have helped Cedar Lake with their special events over the last several years and I recently worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 6 years as their Special Events Coordinator.

I love diving into a project or situation and figuring out ways to make it work. I am looking forward to meeting all the FEAT families.

I am the Communication Specialist for FEAT of Louisville. I am a wife to Todd and a mom to Morgan who is currently serving in the United States Navy and to Lexie who is in the 7th grade.
I am excited to be working for FEAT. I have a passion for serving in the non-profit world. I have helped Cedar Lake with their special events over the last several years and I recently worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters for 6 years as their Special Events Coordinator.

I love diving into a project or situation and figuring out ways to make it work. I am looking forward to meeting all the FEAT families.

Board of Directors


Kyle Brown

Board Chair
Ventas, Inc


Frankie Hilbert

Vice Chair


Jeff Gregory

Treasurer
Ramsey Quantitive Systems, Inc

Elizabeth Braun

Secretary
Brown-Forman Corporation

Debra Barmore

PricewaterhouseCoopers
Retired

Jennifer Adams-Tucker

Humana Healthcare Services, Inc.

David Cosby, Jr.

LG&E and KU Energy


Luke Hancock

Clearpath Financial of Raymond James



Joann Jolgren

Secretary
Parent Representative

Jon Musick

Appriss, Inc

Henrietta Pepper

the pepper group, ltd.

Janet Pope

Advisory Board

Sam Stewart

The Parklands

Sandra Abale

Brown Forman


Stacy Trinkle, M.D.

Iroquois Medical Center
Advisory Board

Jennifer Glassner

Republic Bank

Todd A. Metcalf

Triple Crown Advisors

Jim Ball

James H. Ball & Associates

Stuart Baird

Software Management


 
 
 

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