Kelly has worked in economic development at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Her accomplishments include redesigning the Edison Incubator Program, leading Washington County’s economic development efforts, creating the IT Alliance of Appalachian Ohio, and launching the National Employer Partnership program for the Job Corps program of the U.S. Department of Labor. Kelly has also spent 14 years working in higher education. Kelly and her husband, Alan, have three children — Kell, James and Audrey. Kelly is active in supporting local music, sports, and scouting activities.