Kelly was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. She left home to attend the University of Oregon where she graduated with a science degree. Her career has ranged from community college chemistry teacher, banker, research scientist to business owner. She has dabbled in mountaineering, rock climbing, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, nordic skiing, and ultra running. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance run. She serves on the board of Classroom in Bloom, Cascade Crest, and MVNSEF Biathlon Committee. When she is not in the store or volunteering in the community, she is parenting her 12 year old daughter and pretending to do house work.