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DAIL Commissioner Shannon Gadd

If you Google Shannon Gadd, you'll learn she fulfilled a lifelong dream by appearing on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune in March 2018. What you won’t learn is the reason she was determined to be on the show was to honor her grandparents.

Shannon’s strong bond with her grandparents combined with her interest in criminal justice inspired Shannon to pursue work in the emerging field of preventing elder abuse. She has consulted with the Department of Justice and the Administration on Aging on how to create and sustain a collaborative community response to supporting older victims of crime.

Gadd recently joined state government as the commissioner of the Department of Aging and Independent Living in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. In this position, she oversees all statewide Older Americans Act services, Kentucky’s public guardianship program and administration of Medicaid waiver services for individuals with physical disabilities. Gadd is the former senior director of programs at ElderServe in Louisville, KY.

Gadd was a 2005 U.S. Fulbright Scholar, completing her master’s degree in criminology at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. She graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Louisville with bachelor’s degrees in administration of justice and psychology. 

Shannon credits her grandparents for instilling in her a deep sense of responsibility to serve others.

She currently resides in Shelbyville, KY with her husband, son and three dogs.