Kimberly brings a wealth of knowledge of water safety, paddle sport safety and boating safety to her new role as Boater Education Manager for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She is an American Canoe Association certified instructor trainer for SUP and Kayaking, an American Red Cross Lifeguard instructor and an avid boater. Over the last twelve years she has worked with local non-profits and paddle sport educators to ensure proper skills and safety on and around the water.
Kimberly served the Texas state parks division as an outdoor education specialist and diversity engagement coordinator for the last 7 years. In 2013, Kimberly joined the Texas Outdoor Family program and began forming community partnerships using a train-the-trainer model. Through this process she formed relationships with 20+ community partners in the Houston area that continue to bring audience to overnight camping workshops. Her ability to manage community partnerships and build ongoing relationships will serve her well in her new role. As the Diversity Engagement Coordinator for state parks she worked with employees and volunteers to create a welcoming environment for all. Kimberly focused on community engagement to connect underrepresented audience to state park resources by implementing visitor experience training, community engagement toolkit (SharePoint site), state park community connections newsletter and expanding the state park workforce culture committee with representatives in all regions. The combined efforts help employees learn new perspectives, achieve state park diversity and inclusion goals and build relationships with local community partners