President and Chief Executive Officer
Kelly is the President and CEO of Stearns Bank, N.A. She is the daughter of Stearns Bank founder and current Chairman, Norm Skalicky, and she’s spent her career practicing law and working in the banking industry.
Her introduction to banking goes back to her early childhood when she insisted on tagging along with her father to his office every Saturday morning, then returning home with his junk mail to “play banker”.
Kelly earned her juris doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law through its night school program, which allowed Kelly to begin learning the law as a law clerk at the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office.
While still in law school, Kelly had the unique honor and opportunity to be selected to serve as law clerk to The Honorable Michael J. Davis, prior to Judge Davis being appointed in 1994 to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and later serving as Chief Judge of the District Court from 2008 to 2015.
After earning her law degree and practicing in the areas of business litigation, commercial law, Indian law, and commercial transactions, Kelly began rising through the ranks at Stearns Bank by serving as legal counsel and being designated General Counsel in 2011 and for the past six years before being promoted to President in December, 2017.
As President, Kelly is focused on driving continued growth through innovative niche financing, technology-banking, and an unwavering commitment to finding a way to “Get the Job Done!”