Kelly's love for speaking and performing for any group who would listen to her began early on, when she decided she was going to be an actress (following in her dad’s footsteps). But of course, she needed to pay the bills; so rather than waiting tables, she chose to teach, giving her the best of both worlds—performing in front of a crowd (that was, in essence, forced to listen to her) and earning a steady paycheck. After earning a national public speaking championship title in college, Kelly realized that speech was indeed her forte, so she earned her masters degree in speech communication, and currently teaches the oh-so-dreaded public speaking class at a couple of Southern California colleges. Of course, for her, the most rewarding part is helping students overcome the enormous anxiety of simply “being themselves” in front of a crowd.
In addition to speech classes, Kelly has taught a variety of standardized test prep courses, including programs for the SAT and the CSET. So, when the Manhattan GMAT position became available, she had to jump at it. However, Kelly’s 98th percentile score on the GMAT has put her in the position of “recruiter,” not “instructor” (that darned 99th percentile requirement for Manhattan GMAT instructors!!!). Not to worry though! She has taken quite the liking to teaching workshops and may…one day…retake the test in hopes of breaking the 99th percentile barrier and joining the ranks of the GMAT elite. For those of you planning to take the test, she feels your pain!
To supplement teaching, Kelly works as a stuntwoman in movies, tv, and commercials, and she and her husband recently opened Vi Holistic Health, specializing in isometric training and massage therapy. But lately, Kelly’s biggest, most important job has been as mommy to the son she and her husband welcomed on November 14, 2011.