System Vice President of Facilities
ADVOCATE AURORA HEALTH
Kelly is the System Vice President of Facilities for Advocate Aurora Health. She joined Aurora Health Care in 2015 as director of construction management. In 2017 Kelly was promoted to senior vice president facilities where her responsibilities included oversight for all system facilities operations, planning, design, construction, and compliance as well as real estate and leasing. In 2018 Aurora Health Care merged with Advocate Health Care to become Advocate Aurora Health, the 9th largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Kelly’s team is now comprised of over 650 members and a portfolio of over 31 million sqft, 28 hospitals, and over 500 sites of care in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Kelly provides the overall strategic leadership and direction for all system planning, facilities operations and safety/compliance. She oversees $200M annually of O&M spend including utilities. She recently implemented the system’s facilities intern program for high school students to increase exposure to careers in facilities, increase talent pool and improve team diversity. In addition, she serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Supplier Implementation leadership team.
Prior to Advocate Aurora, Kelly served as director of mission critical, healthcare design phase manager and director of wellness for Mortenson Construction, and held a number of engineering and project management roles with Affiliated Engineers Inc. (AEI). In these positions, she managed a variety of complex data center, research and development, pharmaceutical and major health care projects. On many of these projects, Kelly led the facility and energy optimization processes that contributed to the building’s long-term functionality, minimized operational costs and integrated sustainable design.
Outside of Advocate Aurora, Kelly has been active as a member of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Alumni Advisory Board, where she currently serves as President. She also serves as a Board Member for Girls on the Run of South Central Wisconsin and is the Chief Operating Officer for Catalyze and Create, LLC., a startup investment group. Kelly was recognized in 2019 by the Milwaukee Business Journal as 40 Under 40 winner. The honor recognizes leaders under 40 that are making a significant community and business impact in Milwaukee.
Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and completed the Mortenson Advanced Leadership Development program. In May 2019 Kelly graduated from University of Wisconsin- Madison with her Executive MBA.