After experiencing a prolonged and severe health crisis due to long-term use of topical steroids for eczema, Kelly became a passionate voice for those who were suffering; determined to bring change to the way eczema was understood and treated. Her advocacy efforts have led her to serve on several dermatology nonprofits, bringing awareness to the great needs of this community and supporting those living with eczema and going through topical steroid withdrawal syndrome.
Kelly serves as president of the Coalition of Skin Diseases, an umbrella organization of more than 25 national skin-related patient groups, which exists to raise awareness of skin diseases and advocate for the 84+ million Americans living with skin conditions.
She has served as past president of the International Topical Steroid Awareness Network (ITSAN), and continues to support their mission as member of the Board of Directors.
Additionally, Kelly sits on the Patient Advocacy Task Force of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Atopic Dermatitis Advisory Panel for Globalskin. She has presented about eczema and TSW to the FDA as well as before academic and political audiences.
Kelly resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her two sons and enjoys taking in the great outdoors, whether it be the mountains, oceans, a walk in the woods or digging in her own garden. She loves her family and friends fiercely, and delights in creating delicious concoctions for them in the kitchen, lingering over good, long conversations, and getting lost playing piano or painting watercolor.