Kelsa’s passion for building healthy self-esteem and promoting positive decision making has spanned over 18 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and anthropology from the University of Oregon and worked for several years in the mental health field. She has additional certifications in the areas of mediation, conflict resolution and mindfulness. In 2004, she moved to New York City to pursue her creative side and received a degree in fashion design from Fashion Institute of Technology. Over the following 10 years, she spent time working at some of the top fashion companies in the city, including Vera Wang, Elie Tahari, Theory and Liz Claiborne. After the birth of her daughter in 2010, she founded Happy Patches, an online iron-on fashion design business, whose mission is to empower kids and adults through creativity. In 2017, she co-founded a subscription box business for kids that inspires them to be their best selves and positively contribute to the world.
Kelsa holds workshops for adults and children in the areas of: mindfulness and social media for tweens and teens, grit for female entrepreneurs, friendship skills for Girl Scouts troops and perseverance/resilience skills for Boy Scouts troops.
She enjoys international travel, exploring nature and sharing her love of meditation and mindfulness with others. She recently became a member of the 50 State Marathon Club and is working towards completing the goal of running a marathon in every state. She is thrilled to be an educator for Girls Leadership and loves bringing her experience in social and emotional skill building to girls of all backgrounds.