Kelly received her Bachelor’s of Social Work at Grand Valley State University and, after a few years of working in the field, decided to get her Master’s of Social Work from Colorado State University. During her graduate program, she interned at the VA and has had a heart for serving and supporting veterans ever since. She worked at an organization with WWII veterans, which she saw as an absolute honor and volunteers in adaptive activities to help veterans and civilians participate in hobbies. In other roles, she has been a social worker with older adults helping them navigate changes in cognition and physical health, with adults with TBIs, adults and children with eating disorders, and performed research and provided support for caregivers who have a loved one with cancer. Supporting individuals and their families in their mental and physical health is very important to Kelly and she is excited to continue using research to gather more support for veterans through the efforts of C-PAWW. Knowing that C-PAWW works with individuals and on a large scale to change policy and impact research is another reason Kelly is thrilled to be a part of the team.
Born and raised in Michigan, she moved to Colorado 10 years ago and has been enjoying the mountains ever since and hopes to get the knack of fly-fishing soon. Kelly would love to fill her passport, learn photography and finally speak a second language.