Kelly grew up in north eastern Pennsylvania. She spent a lot of time outside as a kid swimming in her pool, catching fireflies, and playing capture the flag with the neighborhood kids. Later as any 18 year old, she struggled to choose a study to focus on for her college years and ended up pursuing a degree in Environmental Science from King’s College, not quite knowing where it would lead her.

In college she enjoyed being involved with projects that took her to the Adirondack Mountains, classes that focused on identifying birds by sound, and research that required catching crayfish in the Susquehanna River. However, Kelly’s true excitement for working outside developed during a position building trails in New York. She enjoyed working alongside a crew to reroute old trails in Harriman State Park, leaving work each day covered in dirt and satisfied.

Curious and eager for more similar experiences Kelly moved out West to Washington state to continue building trails and performing habitat restoration projects. In 2018, she moved to the central coast and started with the Land Conservancy. Kelly enjoys coming to her job everyday to work alongside the field crew and stewardship staff to restore and maintain beautiful spaces in San Luis Obispo County.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her soon to be husband, Cody. She loves baking desserts, watching reruns of Parks and Recreation, hanging in the yard with her chickens and enjoying a good book.