Kelly is a St. Louis native and no stranger to women religious. She was educated and formed in Catholic school by the SSND of Our Lady of Sorrows and the ASCJ of Cor Jesu Academy. Kelly’s writing career began in radio and evolved to include advertising, public relations, corporate communications, TV and nonprofit. She is in her first year as a communications director for Mercy. Prior to that, she spent nearly 15 years at St. Patrick Center, managing communications for the mission to end homelessness. Kelly is honored to participate in this conference—fittingly at Graceland, where she has spent many hours researching and writing her two novels.