Dawn Kelsey was born in Manhattan Beach, California and still resides in the area. She is a college instructor at California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches several courses in Communication Studies including Storytelling. Flippy's first public debut occurred in her Storytelling class fall semester 2002. Surprisingly Flippy was a big hit with the college crowd. In addition, Dawn is one of the Undergraduate Advisors in the Communication Studies Department. She also teaches speech classes at Cemtos College. In her spare time she enjoys creating "Flippy Rhyme."