Raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kelley attended Appalachian State University and UNC-Charlotte before starting her mortgage banking career, specializing in finance operations and leadership management. Having always had a strong interest in real estate, she transitioned into a real estate sales & marketing career; to include interior design which eventually took her to Southwest Florida. After missing the “change of seasons,” she found her way back (part-time) to North Carolina and now enjoys all that WNC has to offer. Kelley demonstrates a passion for community service by serving as a Community Emergency Response Team Member (CERT) in SWFL trained in fire safety, light search & rescue, disaster medical operations and has deployed with several disaster response teams across SWFL & the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She’s also affiliated with multiple Habitat for Humanity work projects that help families build and improve places to call home throughout her 25+ years in the home building industry. In addition, it was with great honor and a privilege that Kelley acted as an Ambassador/Liaison to a Military Veteran and his family in the nationally “Built To Honor” community outreach program dedicating newly built, mortgage-free homes to deserving veterans living with disabilities as a result of their military service. Kelley actively volunteers at Sarge’s with a strong interest in making a positive difference in the lives and welfare of animals. She joined as a board member in 2022. She strongly believes that saving an animal’s life often turns out to be saving a human life as well. She considers herself “rescued” by two amazing rescue furbabies – Cammie & Buddy Lee. Kelley and her husband Jim reside in both Bonita Springs, FL and Maggie Valley, NC – experiencing the best of both worlds! She enjoys traveling, photography, “all things” outdoors and entertaining with family & friends.