Kimberly was born and raised in the rural community of Bladensburg, in southeastern Knox County, where her mother was the school nurse for 35 years and her father was the local proprietor of the grocery store. They were both devoted to the community and the preservation of community spirit and instilled that spirit in Kim. She graduated with a BS from Penn State University and immediately began her 30 year vocation in zoo business, where she was able to fully develop her interest in and commitment to wildlife, wild places, and conservation. She served on numerous national and international animal conservation programs and committees, in positions as officer and/or advisor. She retired as Assistant Director from the zoo in Salt Lake City, and returned with her husband to the home she grew up in, in 2013. Together, they have established the Bladensburg Community Heritage Foundation, which is devoted to the restoration, development, and preservation of the old Bladensburg School. She currently serves as president. She also serves as the secretary for the Bladensburg SERTOMA (SERvice TO MAnkind) organization.