Michele Kelley is the President and Founder of the Chris Kelley Foundation. Michele was serving in the United States Air Force when she and Chris met. After leaving the military, Michele continued to serve her community as a Juvenile Probation Officer at the Williamson County Juvenile Services Center for 12 years.
Michele and Chris put down roots in Hutto, where they added two beautiful children to their family, Makenzie & Nate. Detective Sergeant Christopher Kelley paid the ultimate sacrifice on June 24, 2015 when he was killed in the line of duty while working for the Hutto Police Department.
￼Michele has made it her personal mission since Chris’ death to be bold in her support of law enforcement. She has taken on projects to ensure that Chris’ life and sacrifice are honored and never forgotten.
Malinda Robey serves as the Vice President of the Chris Kelley Foundation. She is the sister-in-law of Christopher Kelley and he inspires her to BE. HERE. NOW and to ‘Bring it’ everyday. She is passionate about new experiences, traveling, making life fun, and challenging herself and others to be the ‘best’ they can be.
Malinda lives in the Austin, Texas area with her husband Mat, 13 year old twins Marcus and Madison, and their goldendoodle Marty. She currently works at a global financial software company leading a customer support organization globally.
Karen Daly serves as the Treasurer of the Chris Kelley Foundation. She was the City Manager of Hutto while Sergeant Chris Kelley was on the Hutto Police force.
After 31 years in local government service, Karen retired and is the ICMA Mountain Plains Regional Director. The only time she likes to run is on the soccer field so you will find her counting donations instead of running in the CK5K.
Vanessa Staples serves as the Secretary of the Chris Kelley Foundation. She works in corporate management and is the wife of a Law Enforcement officer.
Vanessa began as assisting as a planning committee member for the 2nd Annual Chris Kelley 5K and shortly thereafter joined the Foundation as a board member. She loves that the 5K brings families, neighbors and first responders together to celebrate and reflect on Chris’ life and the great impact he continues to make on his community.
Casey Preusse serves as a board member of the Chris Kelley Foundation. Casey oversees our silent auction, something she takes great pride in!
Casey is the wife of a law enforcement officer. Together they have three smart and beautiful daughters. Casey is also a proud Hutto Hippo alumni! Volunteering is near and dear to her heart as she currently serve on multiple boards for various organizations.
Mathew Robey serves as a board member of the Chris Kelley Foundation. Mat is the brother-in-law of Chris Kelley and husband to board Vice President Malinda Robey. Mat comes from a family of police officers in New York. His dad is a retired Suffolk County Police sergeant and his brother is currently a Sergeant for the New York State Troopers.
Chris inspires Mat to be the best husband and father he can be. Chris shared with Mat his love of cooking and introduced him to his first TX BBQ. Mat also enjoys physical fitness and all things outdoors.
Mat with his wife and 13 year old twins moved to Austin TX in 2016. He is currently an Account Executive for TX Telco and Energy sector for large data provider.
Suzanne Glass serves as a board member of the Chris Kelley Foundation. As an employee of the Hutto Police Department and a co-worker of Sgt. Kelley, Suzanne is honored to serve on this board.
Suzanne has been a law enforcement officer for 21 years. For the past 17 of those years it has been with the City of Hutto Police Department. Suzanne worked with Sgt. Kelley from the time he was hired in 2008 until his final day, June 24, 2015. Suzanne is fortunate to be in a position in her career to educate the community about law enforcement and she has made it her mission to keep the memory of Sgt. Kelley alive.
Jillian Fredericks serves as a board member of the Chris Kelley Foundation and helps to manage Communications and Marketing. Jillian is Michele Kelley’s cousin and lived with Michele and Chris during a short time in 2014 when she moved from NY after college.
Jillian enjoyed finding new ways to annoy Chris daily and bonding over The Walking Dead, cooking, and whose turn it was to clean the bathroom. She currently lives in North Adams, Massachusetts and works in the live events and hospitality industry.