Liz Shelby, Ph.D.

President Emeritus

Dr. Shelby has served as the PLAN Care Management Coordinator and grant writer. She has a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Shelby has over 40 years of experience in coordinating programs and services for people with disabilities. She retired from the Central Office of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (currently the Department of Aging and Disability Services) as a Program Specialist in 2002. Dr. Shelby was involved in the initial establishment of the Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention (now, Early Childhood Intervention) and served on the Board. She managed the implementation of the In-Home and Family Support Program for individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental health issues. She provided statewide training on permanency planning for children with disabilities living in institutions. Dr. Shelby managed the federally-funded Texas Family Support Initiative through the Center for Disability Studies affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin and wrote grants for non-profits. Dr Shelby was the Chairperson of the Planning Network Advisory Committee for Austin Travis County Integral Care for 3 years and served as the Vice-Chair.