Kelley's love for skiing originally brought her from her home town outside of Chicago to the Green Mountain State to attend the University of Vermont. Following graduation, Kelley moved to New York City and within a few years had founded KEP Designs, a successful jewelry design business, as well as opened a KEP retail shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side. After 15 years in New York City, she was drawn back to Vermont, only this time with her husband and three young children. The family quickly settled into an active life, embracing all that Stowe has to offer.

Kelley enjoys sharing her passion for the Stowe area and is actively involved with a number of local organizations including the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Helen Day Art Center and Stowe Elementary School.