Michele Kelley primarily works with the Broadalbin-Perth district leadership team on communications matters related to the Board of Education’s annual goals and serves as a strategic advisor on district initiatives, with a focus on community engagement. She has worked with Broadalbin-Perth as a member of the Capital Region BOCES communications service since 2008.
Kelley is also the district’s primary grant writer. In that role, she works with the superintendent and director of curriculum and instruction to develop fundable program ideas for competitive state and federal grant programs, and she works with individual teachers to apply for smaller classroom and project grants through corporate funders. Since 2012, she has helped Broadalbin-Perth win more than $1.5 million in competitive grant funds.
Kelley has received a number of awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and New York State Public Relations Association for the work she has done for Broadalbin-Perth, including NSPRA Golden Achievement Awards in 2010 and 2017. In 2013, she was part of NSPRA’s inaugural 35 Under 35, a program that recognizes emerging leaders in the school communications profession.
Prior to joining Capital Region BOCES, Kelley worked for six years in the athletic communications departments at Colgate and Syracuse universities. She has also worked as a game-day statistician for several Albany-area college athletic teams, including the Union College men’s hockey team from 2008 through 2014.
Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and religion from Colgate University and a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.