Kelli grew up in Peoria, IL and moved to Crystal Lake in 2003 with her husband, Phil, and their 2 year old daughter. Kelli and her family still live in the same house they purchased, but their family has grown to 3 children (ages 10-16) and their dog, Izzie. Kelli loves to sing, garden, and read.
She graduated with her MBA from Depaul University and has focused her career in the Finance and Accounting fields. She was a Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank, a Project Manager at the Board of Trade Clearing Corporation, and is currently working part-time as the Financial Administrator at First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake.
Kelli became interested in politics during 2016 and decided that she was not satisfied in the way the local, state and federal governments were being run. It seems that many of the elected officials were more interested in party politics and keeping their elected position rather than actually representing the people. Kelli decided that the only way real change would occur is to jump into the political fray. In the spring of 2017, Kelli ran for office for the first time in the Nunda Township Trustee race. Although she did not get elected, she learned many valuable lessons about running a campaign.
Volunteering and public service have been a way of life for Kelli. Growing up, she helped her parents donate their time and talents through service projects at church. She has been the Treasurer of multiple non-profit organizations, coaches Let Me Run (a self-esteem, lesson-based running program for boys), coordinated many large projects and benefit events for various non-profits, taught Sunday School, and organized collections for disaster stricken Haiti.
When someone needs help, Kelli is usually one of the first people to jump in to respond. Admirably, Kelli and Phil are raising their children to understand their responsibility and personal value in helping others. They have participated, as a family in many outreach programs and events. It's not just a lesson, their children enjoy what they're doing and have voluntarily participated in projects without their parents involvement.
In 2017 and 2018, Kelli organized the local participation for the Women’s March-Chicago and coordinated transportation for 230+ people to Chicago on the day of the march. She also co-organized the March for Our Lives-Woodstock in March.
Kelli was elected to the McHenry County Board on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.