A Tar Heel born and bred, Kelly has a deep love for both UNC and the state of North Carolina. "I’m a sports nut," she says. "Growing up, I played a lot of soccer—along with just about every other sport possible—and coached swimming for seven years." When not cheering on the Heels, Panthers and Braves, Kelly likes to travel and has been to 18 different countries outside of the states. Her simple pleasures in life include good books, spicy food, the beach, crossword puzzles, and her three-year-old nephew and one-year-old niece.
Everyone has a cancer story, and Kelly is no exception. "I have witnessed firsthand the pain and devastation a cancer diagnosis can bring," explains Kelly. "I am honored to be a member of the UNC Lineberger team and am passionate about what I do—because I know that the dollars we raise will translate into new discoveries, earlier detection and better treatment for our fellow citizens."