Kelly is a Real-world Experiential Leader
B.A., Purdue University; M.A., Ball State University
As the Master of Science in Leadership program director, I am inspired by my work teaching, advising and learning about the power of effective leadership with adult learners and expert faculty from all around the country.
In my professional life, I′ve spent time as a professor, administrator, grant writer, strategic planning consultant, newspaper columnist, nonprofit executive, gifted and talented coordinator, classroom teacher, racehorse groom, boat salesperson, Pizza Hut waitress, laser tag referee, and newspaper delivery girl. Each one of these experiences has given me insight into the concepts and practices of leadership in the real world.
I′m a poster child for lifelong learning. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in education at Purdue University and a Master of Arts in adult and community education at Ball State University. In a break between degrees, I earned my advanced Master Gardener certification. Presently I am finishing up my doctorate at Western Michigan University in public administration. The focus of my research is nonprofit organization leadership and management, particularly the role of leaders in the evolution of nonprofit technology use.
I am always looking for adventure around the world, in the woods, and on the lakes with my family. I also enjoy gardening, running, advocating for a cure for Type 1 Juvenile Onset Diabetes, reading, and teaching our chocolate lab, Mackey, to have nice manners.