Kelly Olenyik earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Wyoming in 2019. At Chicago she was an undergraduate researcher with Prof. R. Stephen Berry and at Wyoming she was a graduate student researcher with Prof. David Anderson. Prior to coming to UW, Kelly worked in the U.S. coal industry for 10 years after serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Malawi as an education volunteer.