After graduating college, Kelly moved from Mississippi to Fairbanks, Alaska where she found her new home. She started working for and then became a principal at Robinson & Ward, PC. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Instructor at the UAF Community and Technical College since 2008 in applied accounting.
Kelly is currently the Board Chair of the AK Society of CPAs and has graduated from several leadership academies and programs such as the AICPA Leadership Academy, the AKCPA Leadership Academy, the Inspire Leadership Academy, and Leadership Fairbanks. She was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 in the Accounting Profession by the CPA Practice Advisor magazine in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
In addition to her involvement at the state level, Kelly also serves on the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission and the Student Recruitment Committee. She is also active in an AICPA PCPS networking group for young firm owners.