Kelly is the current Executive Director of NCIL. He is a person with a disability who has been actively involved in disability issues since 1979. Over the past two and a half decades, he has worked closely with the Idaho State Legislature on issues affecting people with disabilities, including passage of the Personal Assistance Services Act and the Fathers and Mothers Independently Living with their Youth (FAMILY) Child Custody Laws. Kelly has testified before Congress several times on issues such as universal health care, Fair Housing and appropriations for centers for independent living. He has been closely involved with the direct-service and systemic change aspects of the Independent Living movement. He has a long history of political activity in Idaho and ran for the State Senate in 1992 and the State House of Representatives in 1994.