- M.Ed., Educational Leadership and Policy, Emphasis in Student Affairs, University of Utah. Project: "Empowering Women to Earn Bachelors Degrees"
- BA, German and International Studies, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Kelly was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She moved to Utah in 1999 and started working for the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah as the Academic Advisor and Administrative Assistant.