Dr. Kerr hails from rural upstate NY. She attended Cornell University, receiving a B.S. in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She entered private practice in a rural mixed animal practice. After 7 years, she matriculated at Kansas State University and received a PhD in Education. Dr. Kerr then moved to Washington State and served as the director of WSU-Klickitat County Extension for 17 years. She has been the NW Regional Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist for 2 years, located at the WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. She is a full professor at WSU and an affiliate faculty member of the WSU Animal Science department.