Kelsi grew up in Colorado, studied at BYUH and BYU, and served a mission in São Paulo, Brazil. After her mission, she studied abroad at ISCTE Business school in Portugal. During the summers, she worked in Salvador, Brazil, interning as a business mentor and volunteering at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup. Kelsi then got involved with HEFY (Humanitarian Experience for Youth) as a volunteer trip leader in Manaus, Brazil. Following graduation in 2014, Kelsi became a Program Director at HEFY overseeing expeditions to Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Ghana, Mexico, and Paraguay and managing flights.