Kelsey attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, graduating with a B.A. in Social Work (LSW) and Russian. She interned at the Minneapolis American Indian Center where she worked with families in the Indian Child Welfare program. She spent two summers working with youth to develop social skills at Camp Buckskin, and has experience as a job coach for adults with developmental disabilities. Kelsey also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Irkutsk State Linguistic University in Irkutsk, Russia. Kelsey joined Mapletree in 2014.