Kelly was born in San Antonio, TX to an Air Force family, and moved to Goodyear when she was three years old. She joined the FFA in high school where she developed a passion for livestock. She raised pigs and goats in the school barn. She also won the State FFA Prepared Public Speaking competition with a speech about the dwindling number of livestock veterinarians in the US. She attended the University of Arizona and spent two years as an Animal Science major before switching to her other passion—deaf studies. Kelly graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in deaf studies, and is fluent in American Sign Language. Her passion for animals led her to enroll in Pima Medical Institute to become a certified veterinary technician. She has completed the veterinary assistant program and is currently enrolled the veterinary technician program.