Kelly grew up in Cincinnati but has lived most of her adult life just across the river in Northern Kentucky. Even with her midwestern roots she has always been interested in the marine world. Yearly trips to the coast and growing up on movies like Free Willy and Flipper sparked her passion for marine mammals. She graduated college in 2016 with a degree in electronic media and has always enjoyed photography/videography. On an average day you can find her hiking in search of birds to photograph, binging a TV show or planning her next adventure.
In 2018, she visited San Juan Islands for the first time and lived her childhood dream of seeing killer whales in the wild! The trip was so inspiring, she has made it her mission to return to the island long term. After working in the restaurant and event planning industry for the past few years, she is beyond excited to start a new chapter of her life working for San Juan Outfitters!