Education is our most powerful and transformative tool, and we are fortunate to live in a society that recognizes the importance of providing public education to its constituents."
Calli was born and raised in Nampa, ID until she was 13, and then her family moved to Las Vegas, NV. After high school, she attended and graduated from Dixie State College in 2004 with her Associates of Science. She then went on to graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development in 2006 from Southern Utah University. She met her husband Matthew Kelly, who was born and raised in Kanab, in college and instantly fell in love with the small town feel and red rock views. She is so excited to be able to live and raise her children in Kanab. She has a passion for education and has worked as an English Language Learners Aide in Kanab Elementary School and as a Family Education Liaison for Waterford UPSTART in the past few years. She has been a part of the Kanab City Library Board for the past 6 years, and loves giving back to this wonderful community.
In her spare time she loves to be with her 3 children and husband, travel, play volleyball, read, run, and watch movies. She also loves exploring the local areas and enjoying what Southern Utah has to offer.
Tana moved to Kanab in 2009 after many years in the corporate world of California. Looking for a simpler life based on connection to the natural world and like-minded people, she found Kanab to be the perfect fit. With a passion for outdoor adventure, she quickly found herself involved with coordinating outdoor events in the area, including trail running festivals and ultra marathons. She continues to be very involved in community activities and volunteers for many of the local events and causes. Tana is a lifelong learner spending her spare time exploring the local trails, studying the science and history of our world and pondering the mystery of the amazing Kanab night skies.
Tana uses her experience in managing events and programs combined with her own natural curiosity to coordinate the foundation's programs that inspire curiosity-based learning in children.