Lisa Kelly’s path to the wheel has not been easy. Given the trucking is considered to be a man’s job, Lisa had to break barriers at every stage of her career. One of the leading stars of the reality TV series IRT: Deadliest Roads, Lisa was the only female trucker in the history of the series before she was joined by Maya Sieber in Season 5. While Lisa no longer holds the title of the only women trucker to have featured on the show, she is glad to have met and worked with other female truckers. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Lisa Kelly.
Lisa Kelly was born on the 8th of December 1980 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. While Lisa was born in Michigan, her family moved to a mini farm in Sterling, Alaska. Lisa was interested in cars and heavy vehicles from a young age. Following her high school graduation, Lisa decided to go back to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enrolled at the Cornerstone University. However, by the time the first semester was over, Lisa already knew that college was not for her. Calling time on her studies, Lisa started focusing on her professional career.
Life as a trucker:
After calling time on her studies, Lisa started working as a school bus driver and motocross rider. Over the years, Lisa took on several odd jobs and worked at a gas company and pizza company. She developed her motocross skills and began competing in state-level championships. She was later declared as the state freestyle motocross champion. After a few years of traveling and odd jobs, Lisa decided to settle down once and for all. She wanted to take up a long-term career and settled on trucking, simply because it looked interesting. Lisa began working for the Alaskan haulage company, Carlile Transportation, and was one of the few women truckers. Talking about her early struggles, Lisa revealed,
“I had to work twice as hard. I had to pull my weight and everybody else’s and get the job done as fast, or faster”
But regardless of her early struggles, Lisa loves her job and would not trade it for anything. Talking to Trucker News, Lisa revealed that she drives full-time during the winter.
“I love it. I’ll get out of the truck, skipping across the yard after a rough trip to Prudhoe Bay, and my boss will look say me and say, ‘You have some screws loose.’ But that’s why I drive these roads.”
Lisa’s debut appearance in reality TV came in 2009 when she made an appearance in History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers. She was introduced in the third season of the show and took part in seasons 4, 5, and 7. Even though she was offered a contract for season 6, she refused the offer stating her desire for a break. The 9th season saw Lisa return with late Darrell Ward’s new company. She has since continued on the series and made consecutive appearances in Seasons 10 and 11. Lisa also starred in the spin-off series, Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads.
Lisa Kelly married Traves Kelly in 2008. The pair met in 2004 and began dating soon after. Similar to Lisa, Traves is all about vehicles and is a full Aleut Native Alaskan and an avid dirt biker. As of now, the pair are yet to have any children.