Kelsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. At UWM, she worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Rafael Rodriguez, studying sexual selection and mate choice of Two-Marked tree hoppers. Before her time in Milwaukee, Kelsey attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she studied mechanical engineering. While there, she earned a certificate in engineering, as well as worked as a pathologist’s assistant at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostics Lab.