Kelly is the Education Program Manager for the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation, charged with transforming America’s largest healthcare system to a personalized, proactive approach, driven by the individual needs of the Veteran. She is also a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Kelly was one of the first graduates of Duke Integrative Medicine’s Integrative Health Coaching Certification Program. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) and has completed over 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training, to include yoga for Veterans with PTSD. She combines her passion for teaching yoga and health coaching as the small business owner of Integrate Into Great, LLC.
She previously served for a decade as an Active Duty Army Officer and deployed twice to Iraq. After spending four years with troops, she became the Operations Officer for Generals David Petraeus and George Casey in Baghdad in 2006-2007, and later the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army at the Pentagon, which culminated in a book on the Iraq War (“Strategic Reflections,” NDU Press, 2012). She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge.
Kelly is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy’s Class of 2002. She also has a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University.
Kelly has been selected as a “Next Generation National Security Leader” by the Center for a New American Security and named a “Top 40 Under 40” Military Officer by CivilianJobs.com. She is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Vets.
As a Veteran who has dealt with PTSD, Kelly is personally and professionally committed to increasing public awareness, reducing the stigma, and empowering others to explore ways they can help heal themselves. She lives in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia.