Kimberly is of Kiowa (Tanedooah), Caddo (Kionut), and Pawnee (Chaui) Nations, born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science, with a minor in Pre-Law, from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. As a student, she served as a College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified tutor in the Program for Academic Advancement. She also received professional training in Media to assist in the development of the Native American & Indigenous Studies media curriculum at Fort Lewis. Kimberly also studied at the University of Arizona in the American Indian Studies Graduate Program.
Prior to NAEP, she served as an officer on the Title VII Parent Committee for Durango Public Schools; was instrumental in establishing a nation-wide student symposium of the American Indian Studies which started as a collaboration with the University of Oklahoma in 2008; and has experience in grant writing and financial advising with federal and tribal entities.
In addition to NAEP, Kimberly currently serves on the Arizona Department of Education's Indian Education Advisory Council (IEAC), serving on the IEAC's following subcommittees--Native American Curriculum/History, Student Advisory Council, and Tribal Consultation; and is an executive officer of the Arizona Indian Education Association. She is also active in local Native organizations, including the Native Education Alliance. Kimberly and her husband, Derwin, have two children and actively participate in traditional ceremonies. She has presented and spoken at numerous events of her Native culture, Indian federal law & treaties, and cultural storytelling.