Kelli D. Kelley is the mother of two children born preterm – Jackson Thomas born at 24 weeks in 2000 and Lauren Elizabeth born at 34 weeks in 2003. As the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support for NICU families, Kelli invests her time and talents to raise awareness about the high incidence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among these parents and the long-term implications for the baby and family.
Kelli serves on the steering committee of the National Infant Health Coalition and the leadership team of the Preemie Parent Alliance. She is a member of Huggies’ Nurse Advisory Council and the National Perinatal Association’s Speakers Bureau for Psychosocial Support Standards for NICU Families. She is a member of the Pediatric Family Advisory Council at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center in Austin, TX. She served as the parent liaison and spokesperson for the NPA’s Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late-Preterm Infants in 2012 and on the review committee for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Discharge Planning Module in 2013.
She is a past President of the Austin chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, now Women Communicators of Austin, and a graduate of Leadership Austin. Kelli was named a 2015 Outstanding Austin Communicator from Woman Communicators of Austin, 2011 Local Hero through Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative® and a 2011 Health Care Hero through the Austin Business Journal. She is the 2010 recipient of the Austin Under 40 Award for Medical and Health Care, and an ENERGIZER Keep Going Hall of Fame Semifinalist.
In 2005, the Kelley family served as the Ambassador family for the Austin division of the March of Dimes. Kelli served on the Austin Division Board of Directors of the March of Dimes for four years and the National Mission Volunteer Advisory Council for two years.
Prior to the birth of her children, Kelli worked in public relations with The Arc of the Capital Area as the Public Relations Coordinator and then as the Development Coordinator for the Mental Health Association in Texas. She went on to work for Cunningham Communication, a national high-tech public relations agency, as a Public Relations Manager and Marketing Coordinator where she received numerous promotions and awards for her leadership and accomplishments.
Kelli received a bachelor of journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and friends, reading, cooking, exercising, participating in Bible study and volunteering with her daughter through the National Charity League.