Kylie attended Boston College and graduated with a degree in Environmental Geoscience. While at Boston College, she discovered Opwall while trying to find a place to travel and collect data for her dissertation. She eventually settled on the Honduras site where she fell in love with marine science and all the creatures and plants in the water. After graduating, Kylie worked with a marine conservation non-profit and earned her Dive Master and later that year returned to Opwall to join the Cuba expedition as a Reef Ecology Lecturer. Since the Cuba expedition Kylie worked in Boston, Massachusetts for an environmental services firm that dealt with hazardous materials and waste. She is happy to be working with Opwall and conservation ecology.