Kelly was born and raised in Clearwater, Fla. She’s the daughter of Susan and Bruce Donovan. After swimming and volunteering her way through Palm Harbor University High School, she attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. After undergrad, she served in the AmeriCorps for a year in Sidney, Mont. before coming back to Florida to earn a master’s degree in mass communication at the University of Florida. She currently works at Naylor, LLC as the team leader for online marketing, which means she conducts lots of email marketing, search engine optimization, and social media marketing. Kelly stayed in Gainesville for a few years before transferring within her company to its Alpharetta branch. Now she enjoys exploring Atlanta and experiencing all four seasons.
Likes: Sweet tea, black olives, reading, running long distances with Jason, Zipper the schipperke.
Dislikes: waking up early, having to choose between the Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes when they play each other.
Quote: “If we couldn’t laugh we all would go insane.” – Jimmy Buffett
Jason was born and raised in Marietta, Ga. He’s the son of Shirley Clark and the late Robert Clark. Jason played hockey and the tuba at Pope High School in Marietta before heading north to West Virginia University in Morgantown. While in college, Jason was a coxswain on the WVU rowing team and a member of ROTC. He joined the Army in 2002 and attended engineering courses (Sapper school) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. After graduating from WVU with a degree in sociology and anthropology in 2006, he served on active duty that included a tour of Iraq in 2008-09. Jason now serves in the Army reserves/Georgia National Guard. In 2010, after interning at a couple Atlanta-area demolition companies, Jason and business partner Deno started their own demolition company, Alpha Omega Demolition. (Their office is less than one mile from Kelly’s apartment!)
Likes: Black coffee, green olives, The History Channel, Canon the Basenji, kickball, keeping up with Kelly on long runs.
Dislikes: Staying up late, watching his Mountaineers give up a lead during a game.
Quotes: “You don’t feel like a real man till you bottom out.” – Hensical (referring to canoeing)
“Becoming a WVU fan is a long, hard road of disappointment.” (Let’s go ‘Eers!)
How We Met:
Kickball! Jason had been playing at Hammond Park in Sandy Springs for a couple years. Kelly signed up when she moved to Atlanta in July 2012 because friends told her it would be a fun way to meet people. They were right.