Kelsey grew up on a farrow to finish hog operation east of Springfield, near Assumption, IL. She spent many summers caring for the swine herd and credits the operation and her family for the extended knowledge and strong work ethic instilled in her today.
She graduated from Central A&M High School in 2013, then continued to Lake Land College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture. From there, she transferred to Illinois State University and additionally earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Communications and Leadership in 2017.
While attending ISU, Kelsey was a part of the Processed Meats judging team and completed two internships. She was a student teacher intern for the Windsor FFA Chapter. Also, she spent a summer as the Agriculture Communications Intern at The Equity, assisting the Agronomy department to coordinate various events. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys running and spending time with her niece and nephew.