Nickey came to Virginia in September 2002 to join her husband at Langley Air Force Base. She started working with Poquoson Veterinary Hospital very shortly after the move. He has since retired from the military and they have decided to make Hampton their permanent home. Nickey has been a veterinary receptionist since 1990 and has worked in four different states. She spends most of her free time boating with her husband and her son. The family shares their home with two orange tabby cats and one black cat: Killian, Stoli, and Kahlua.