Kelly was born and raised in Reno, NV, and grew up on a ten-acre ranch in Red Rock with a zoo of animals – loving every minute of it. She had many hobbies and kept busy babysitting the local kids, rounding up ferrets, making local short films with her sister and acting in the high school theater program. While Kelly obtained her BS in Human Development and Families Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, she lead teaching at Purple Door preschool, served and bartended at Great Basin Brewery, volunteered as a “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters and fell in love with giving back to the community.

Now she is making an impact in the lives of children with cancer as the Programs and Services Coordinator for NNCCF. As the Programs and Services Coordinator she assists in the implementation of NNCCF’s programs, including planning family events and “No More Chemo” celebrations. She still happily resides in Reno with her sweet, hunting-obsessed boyfriend and her silly beagle, Bella.

Why I started working at NNCCF:

I dedicated myself to this job because it allowed me to serve many children and families who need a little extra love, laughs, and support in their life. In the same vein, it also allowed me to work alongside other genuinely kind, fun individuals who only wish to help others as well. NNCCF truly is one big family.

About me:

I’m an old soul with an inner nerd, who believes in true love, embarks on many adventures, throws a wicked Frisbee, jigs to bluegrass, enjoys a good beer, and most importantly loves spending much of her time with friends, family, and her doggo.

Ask me about:

Movies, music, beer, and travel. And go! 🙂

What I think is amazing:

Human strength, resilience, and compassion.

Something quirky about me:

I am a Disney obsessed, theater geek. I was voted most likely to win an Oscar in High School and starred in a few short films in college.

My Role Model:

My parents. No doubt. They are my best friends. They are the most forgiving, supportive, compassionate people I know. They surprise and inspire me daily.

My Favorite Quote:

“We will run and scream, you will dance with me, we’ll fulfill our dreams, and we’ll be free, we will be who we are, and we’ll he’ll our scars, sadness will be far away.” – Mumford & Sons