Kelly has a Bachelor of Social Work degree as well as a Master of Social Work degree – both from New Mexico State University. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her work experience includes 13 years with Adult Probation and Parole Division of the NM Corrections Dept. where she was promoted the last five years as a supervisor for Probation and Parole in Eddy County. She then chose to work for the NM Human Services Department, now Children, Youth and Families Dept. She serviced as the County Office Manager/Protective Services Division in Chaves, Eddy, and finally Lincoln/Otero. Following her retirement from State employ, Kelly worked as a Clinical Social Worker at the Heritage Program in Lincoln County as well as the Clinical Supervisor for Mesilla Valley Hospital Treatment Foster Care Agency when it had a site in Lincoln County. She officially retired from active social work practice in March, 2013. She is active in church affairs at the Episcopal Church of Lincoln County.