Kelli was born in Nashville, Tennessee. After earning a B.S. in biology and ecology from the University of Tennessee, she spent five years traveling back and forth to Glacier National Park where she worked as a park ranger and boat captain during the summers. Kelli then decided to pursue a nursing career and obtained her education at the University of San Diego in 2004. She worked for three years in San Diego on a med/surg/oncology unit.
While working as a floor nurse, she became concerned about the wastes being generated in the hospital setting and their effects on the environment & public health. After some soul-searching, she decided to continue her education in the OEHN program here at the UW. Kelli worked as an endoscopy & ambulatory procedure nurse when she lived in Seattle.
Kelli received her MN in June, 2010. She is currently working for North Valley Hospital in Whitefish, MT in Quality & Performance Improvement where her responsibilities include: facilitates clinical quality work focused on implementation of evidence based care to achieve the triple aim goals, develops and delivers performance improvement and educational programs internally to facilitate change, uses Lean or similar management principles for assistance in team-focused problem solving, root cause analysis, process documentation, team building, efficiency, staff development and involvement, and continuous quality improvement.