Director of Programs (Shelli Quenga) joined the staff of The Palmetto Project in June 2010 focused on enrolling the 100,000 children who were eligible but not enrolled in SC’s free health insurance program. She oversees all advocacy and programs, with particular emphasis on healthcare access initiatives. She led the organization’s efforts in the historic first ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment with a team of just 12 navigators. Now gearing up for its fifth year, signupSC is the largest navigator grantee with a team of 30 navigators.
She is the former director of a regional non-profit focused on children with special healthcare needs and an American Hospital Association NOVA-award winning three-county healthy community initiative. She continues to work with children with special healthcare needs and their parents as a behavioral therapist and advocate for educational, community, and medical services. She has served as an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College in the Department of Community, Family, and Child Studies focusing on special education. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.
She is the recipient of the South Carolina Hospital Association Community Service Award and the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Lives of Children by the Tri-County Association for the Education of Young Children. Shelli is a founding member of the recently formed National Association of Health Access Assisters and volunteers with Berkeley Dorchester Head Start.