Mrs. Kelly’s desire to pursue a career in social work took root as a student-athlete. Under the mentorship of her former teacher and cross-country and track coach, Mrs. Kelly aspired to mirror the positive example she had been shown. With the love and support of her family, friends, and loved ones, Mrs. Kelly continues to make strides to live into her calling of helping others through academics and various employment/volunteer-based opportunities.
While pursuing her Master’s degree, Mrs. Kelly interned at Family Solution Services Inc. where she had the opportunity to provide therapeutic services to children and their families in Northwest Iowa. At that same time, she also served as a Helpline Advocate for the state of Iowa as she provided crisis intervention services to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, homicide, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. As an undergraduate student, Mrs. Kelly was privileged to be a part of Shelterwood Academy’s direct care staff as she provided responsive care to at-risk teenagers at a therapeutic boarding school in Missouri. Mrs. Kelly also has experience in the field of child welfare as an intern at the Iowa Department of Human Services and transitional housing for women and children as an intern at Genesis House.
Mrs. Kelly received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in clinical practice, and a minor in sociology at Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa. Mrs. Kelly earned her Masters in Social Work at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota and has her license in Wisconsin as an Advanced Practice Social Worker and Iowa as a Licensed Master of Social Worker.
Mrs. Kelly is originally from Southwest Minnesota and relocated to the Milwaukee area following her marriage in 2019. Mrs. Kelly is honored to cheer on and run alongside children and their families at Augustine Preparatory Academy to help them achieve the goal of running the race marked out before them in steadfast faith (Hebrews 12:1-3).