District 1 - Democrat
Shirley grew up on her family owned farmland and operated business, the well known Mitchell Erwin Roses of East Texas. At that time, their family business provided a large portion of the roses for the annual Rose Festival of Tyler. This combination of family induced business entrepreneurship and success set a foundation for her to establish a great regard for hard work and prepared Shirley for a life of accomplishment and service.
Firmly believing in preparing herself educationally, she has obtained numerous degrees (with honors). She is currently pursuing another degree in Political Science scheduled to graduate in 2013. Dr. McKellar is a proud recipient of Undergraduate degree from Texas Women's University in Nursing and Chemistry; Master's Degrees from the University of Texas with honors in Community Health Nursing, Criminal Justice and Organizational Speech Communications, Community Minority Business Advancement; Doctorate Degree in Nursing Management from the Columbus College of Public Health & Administration with a 3.74 GPA. Her dissertation was written at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas, studying and defending spirituality among breast cancer patients. She is a member of many civic, social and professional organizations. Some of her favorites are; Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; American Biographical Institute Research Association; American Business Women's Association; National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer; National Black Nurses Association; The Intercultural Cancer Association; The National Clinical Trials Advisory Group; and The National Sisters Network, Inc., (which is the only national breast cancer awareness organization for black woman. The founder and survivor is Karen Jackson).
Since being on injured reserve from the military and now retired, Dr. McKellar now hosts a weekly Radio Talk Show entitled, "A View From The Top," on KGLD 1330 am covering the latest topics locally and nationally. Dr. McKellar is a member of the North Tenaha Church of Christ, Tyler, Texas. She is married to Danny C. McKellar, Retired Educator of the Dallas Independent School District. They are the proud grandparents of five and the proud parents of two adult children, Dr. Danna Ntaka, Post Doctorate Research Fellow at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; one Son D. Carl McKellar II., continues in the great entrepreneurial spirit by owning 2 businesses himself.Read More