Kelly grew up in the Frederick area and graduated from Hood College. For the next 12 years, she ventured across the United States working in highly protected habitats. Her interests eventually took her toward ocean habitats and she used her graduate degree in Marine Resource Management to do spatial analysis on marine protected areas. Fortuitous circumstances lead to meeting Earl in Monterey, CA. Ready for change, but still very interested in protecting the environment, Kelly and Earl decided to combine their expertise to open an environmentally-friendly hair salon. Thus, Natural Fusion Hair Studio was designed to increase environmental awareness and to help create change in an industry that is not known for sustainability.