Born in Montreal, she completed her BA at Concordia University and her Landscape Design certificate at Guelph University. She is currently working on her MSc at Concordia University in Geography, Urban, and Environmental Studies. She is a semi-retired Landscape Designer after many years of working on both commercial and residential properties. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Irish Monument Park Foundation, whose mission is to build a beautiful world-class memorial park and cultural green space at the Montreal side of Victoria Bridge, around the site of the Black Rock. Kelley is president of the Canadian Irish Migration Preservation Network, whose mission is to research and promote Irish heritage in Canada and abroad and to create a dynamic network of groups and individuals with similar goals.