Kimberly R. Kelly is a retired reserve lieutenant and SAR specialist with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Primarily assigned as Lieutenant of the Training Unit, and Search and Rescue Academy, San Diego County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. She also served as training sergeant for the mounted, training and underwater search and recovery units, acting lieutenant for the training unit, as well as certified as a technical rescue specialist and medical unit support personnel.
Ms. Kelly continues her field work as a canine handler for Dolores, Colorado, K9 Seach and Rescue, www.k9team.org, as well as the commander and an operational field specialist with 1SRG: 1st Special Response Group, www.1SRG.org, an international, non-governmental (NGO) non-profit search and rescue team that specializes in rescue and recovery in harsh or extreme locations globally.
Ms. Kelly is the founder and executive director of Project Far From Home, a national law enforcement educational program designed to teach law enforcement and search and rescue teams about missing at risk Alzheimer's and dementia subjects.
Ms. Kelly is the author of "Project Far From Home: Understanding and Managing the Search for the Missing at Risk Alzheimer's Subject", as well as contributing author to "In Search of the Wanderer: A Workbook to Protect Your Loved One", Mark Warner et al, Purdue University, and "Urban Search: Managing Missing Person Searches in the Urban Environment", Chris Young, John Wehbring, et al, dBS Productions.
Ms. Kelly is also the executive co-producer of an educational DVD series, "Plain Talk about Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimer's Related Dementia and Wandering", and "Search is an Emergency: Alzheimer's Disease and Wandering", produced by The Truro Group, and distributed by Vision Video.