Kim has a passion for providing programs that positively impact kids and their families! Originally from Oklahoma, she swam competitively for 13 years, and played women’s varsity basketball at Oklahoma State. Kim has lived in Gladstone since 1997 where she raised her son Ben, now 23 years old. She loves being outdoors, working in the garden, swimming, listening to music, and playing any game that she can get her hands on. Kim has two Dachshunds, Elvis and Emma, and a cat named Jetta, all rescues.
Kim comes to Camp Fire Columbia with over 35 years of experience in managing recreation programs for all ages. She started her career in the YMCA teaching swimming, working day camps and lifeguarding, eventually becoming a full-time program director. In past summers, and on weekends throughout the school year, Kim previously worked at YMCA Camp Classen, a 2300 acre camp in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma. At Camp Classen, she was an LIT, CIT, counselor, wrangler, waterfront director, boating and sailing director, CIT Director, and cook. Kim moved to Oregon in 1984 and worked for Portland Parks and Recreation as a District Aquatic Coordinator (DAC), and as a Recreation Supervisor. As a DAC, she designed, developed, illustrated and implemented programs at 14 sites; the swim lesson program, Jr Lifeguard, Jr. Swim Instructor, Jr. Counselor, Dive-in Movies, Fun Days, Itty Bitty Beach Parties and Wader the Gator Mascot. Kim recently retired from parks after managing Matt Dishman, Hillside, and Sellwood Community Centers and the Summer Mobile Playground program.
Kim is most excited about growing the Camp Namanu in the City programs through activities and programs that introduce and connect kids and their families to the Camp Namanu cultural experience.