Carley grew up in Memphis and Nashville Tennessee. After high school, she moved to Cynthiana, KY where she attended Maysville Community and Technical College and received an Associates in Science before transferring to Berea College where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology. She has always had an interest in primates and wildlife sanctuaries. Carley joined the PRC as an intern in 2019 and continued to volunteer after her internship. She moved to Indiana to work for Peaceable Primate Sanctuary as Animal Care Manager before returning to Kentucky and joining the Primate Rescue Center in February 2021 as an Animal Caregiver.