She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA right after high school and has a BA in Biology; she then went to UCLA and received her BSN in Nursing, followed with an MS in Nurse Anesthesiology a few years later.
She is a licensed Registered Nurse in the state of Montana, as well as certified as a CPR instructor, a certified NAUI Scuba Instructor, and a certified nurse anesthetist (but currently not licensed to practice).
Kimmer is the mother of two amazing young adults (ages 21 and 23). She also served her country as a Major in the Army Nurse Corps Reserves for 18 years. She is also a recovering alcoholic and her sobriety is the most important aspect of her life.
She has worked with children, and specifically adolescents, for over 40 years, in various environments and jobs, from camp counselor to pediatric nurse anesthetist. She also had a somewhat difficult childhood, living in a broken home with a mom battling addiction. When this opportunity presented itself to her, it seemed as if it was made for her- she feels she has lived her life, gone through the things she has gone through, and has prepared herself for this very season in her life; to work with the students and team at Turning Winds.
Kimmer would like to get licensed to practice anesthesia again so that she can go on short-term mission work with Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse, overseas and in the U.S. She loves working with the sick and infirm and giving hope to those who feel hopeless. She is in the process of preparing to build her dream cabin in the woods, and aspires to be the most awesome granny to her children’s future children someday!
She loves anything outdoors! Hiking, camping, backpacking, sailing, canoeing, fishing, hunting, sailing, and scuba diving are all her favorites! She also loves to cook, read, play her guitar, sing, and play cribbage.
Kimmer feels that every day at Turning Winds, there is some small profound experience occurring at any given time that makes her heart happy. Seeing the transformation occur in a student that comes to Turning Winds with zero self-esteem and full of self-loathing, and to graduate the program with his/her leadership, self-confidence and respect for others- nothing is more profound than a soul that has found hope and purpose.