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.