B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kensley and her husband, Trey, are Fayetteville natives. She earned an Associate of Arts from Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. (now known as William Peace University) in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, she worked at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, but she has spent most of her life serving on community boards and organizations. She has two daughters, one of whom is a 2019 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the younger will be a 2020 graduate of the same.