Shelby Knight
Executive Director

Toll Free: (888) 360.9654

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 16125 Jonesboro, AR 72403

Shelby is the parent of an adult son with autism. Since his diagnosis, she has been active in issues and projects involving children, youth and adults with disabilities.

Shelby has more than 30 years of experience in the parent center field, working as parent mentor for three years, then as state training coordinator for five years, co-director for six years and Executive Director for six years.

Shelby has an extensive background in non-profit development, having created three successful disability-centered agencies — the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Arkansas, bringing the state’s first Buddy Walk to Arkansas; the Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas, and The Center for Exceptional Families, Inc. — all family centered organizations dedicated to education and awareness of specific disabilities.

In addition, Shelby is an advisory board member of the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, a board member of Project Search of NEA, is the board chair of the David E. Puryear Center in Jonesboro and a board member of The Learning Center of Jonesboro.

Shelby has trained and inspired countless parents and professionals throughout the state of Arkansas. She has vast experience in networking with service providers and is widely known across the state as a dedicated advocate for the disabled. She is committed to ensuring that the vision of The Center for Exceptional Families, Inc. be carried out effectively to the betterment of all Arkansans living with disabilities.

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