Kelcie was born and raised in Virgina. She moved to the Florida Keys after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2018 to intern at Reef Relief, a non-profit in Key West focused on marine science education. She was then an intern in Mote's Ocean Acidification lab at the Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research and Restoration located on Summerland Key. While in the Keys Kelcie has also worked as an Eco-tour Guide and as an Education Assistant at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens. She was an Education Specialist at Mote's facility on Summerland Key since 2021 and is now the Lower Keys Education Programs Manager.
B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2017