Kelly grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, attended Ole Miss, and graduated from University of Mississippi Medical Center with a BSN in 1985. During her 34-year career as an RN, she spent 18 years as a trauma care/emergency medicine nurse with emphasis on both emergent/non-emergent trauma and medical patients, as well as triage RN in disaster situations; two years as an operating room nurse serving as a circulator and first assistant to surgeons; and 10 years at a high school, where she was instrumental not only in obtaining Automated External Defibrillators, but also in developing and training an AED responder team. Kelly continues to stay active as a nurse, volunteering as an RN for YMCA summer camps and the Iron Man Triathlon, and as team medic for elementary and middle school football teams. Outside of her clinical practice, she serves as a Critical Incident Response Representative for the Airline Pilots Association. A part of the ACS team since 2014, Kelly provides triage for the office, caseloads, and co-workers.