Elly grew up in Gillette and then attended college in Grand Junction, Colorado where she studied Political Science. She then left the West for a career in Washington, D.C. working for U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., as his press secretary for seven years. Elly returned to Gillette in 2011 and soon after she met Robert Henning and they married in 2013. Robert is the Director of the Rockpile Museum. Robert and Elly welcomed their son Samuel into the world in May of 2016. They are also the proud parents of Angus and Cashew, their Dachshund/Chihuahua mix dogs. They enjoy live music, game nights with friends and being involved in their church and community. Elly loves making people feel welcome at church and also in her home.