Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering in 1997 from Cornell University when she began her association with Vertical Access. She received her Master of Science in Structural Engineering with a concentration in nondestructive evaluation from the University of Colorado in 2002.
With Vertical Access, Kelly has continued to design and implement nondestructive evaluation projects and manages the firm’s access consulting projects. Kelly also leads the ongoing development of Vertical Access’ documentation services and manages the daily operations of TPAS LLC.
She has led and published several nondestructive evaluation research projects and is the recipient of a National Center for Preservation Technology and Training grant for the study of mechanical anchor strength in stone substrates.
She has been adjunct faculty at Manhattan College, conducting a graduate level course in the School of Civil Engineering: The Restoration of Historic Buildings: Discovery, Design and Execution. She also regularly guest lectures on related topics.
The primary representative for Vertical Access at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Fall Protection Code (ANSI Z359), she is an active participant in ANSI Z359.8 Safety Requirements for Suspended Rope Work and is the current chairperson for the ANSI Z359.9 subcommittee on Personal Equipment for Protection Against Falls - Descent Controllers.
Kelly is a Licensed Professional Engineer (NY, PA, MA, CT) and is certified as a Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT).
She is an active participant in and has presented research at the conferences of several professional organizations including the Association for Preservation Technology International, Construction History Society of America, International Concrete Repair Institute and the Sealant Waterproofing & Restoration Institute.