Kelly grew up outside of Philadelphia, finished high school in Florida and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. While in college, Kelly attended the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Fall Semester in the Rockies. This introduction to true outdoor adventure shaped the future direction of Kelly’s life, as she chose to make the West her permanent home, living and playing in Missoula, MT, Grindelwald, Switzerland, San Francisco, CA, Telluride, Crested Butte and Boulder, CO.
In her free time Kelly can be found practicing yoga, hiking, gardening, cooking, skiing, cross-country skiing, closing down the occasional dance floor and laughing a lot while spending quality time with family and friends. Kelly started working at NHA in 1999 and has treasured her many nature adventures ranging from sailing and swimming with wild dolphins in the Bahamas, exploring the Galapagos Islands, marveling at the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, savoring three weeks in Tuscany and Umbria in Italy, managing polar bear field operations for NHA while living in Churchill, Manitoba, legendary safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Uganda, swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, visiting the ancient wonders of Egypt, trekking through the wilds of Patagonia and the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, cruising, kayaking and hiking through the stunning scenery of Southeast Alaska, hanging out on foot with the enormous grizzlies of Katmai National Park, attending the Maha Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious festival (along with 80-100 million other pilgrims…incredibly profound), glimpsing the elusive tiger and seeing rhinos on elephant-back safari while in India, sailing to Antarctica aboard a 75-foot sailboat in pristine, iceberg-filled waters to view penguins, seals and whales, and, of course, some of the wildest adventures of all...Natural Habitat Adventures’ infamous parties!