Kimberly, originally from Texas, moved to North Carolina from Manchester, UK to join the QAR conservation team in 2013. In 2003, she received a BA in Maritime Studies from Texas A&M University at Galveston, minoring in both English and Anthropology. She is a graduate of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, where she completed her MA in Anthropology in 2012.
As a student there, she trained at the Conservation Research Laboratory from 2006-2009 and earned a certificate in Conservation. Her MA thesis is entitled Reconstructing the Assemblage of Iron Artifacts from the Late Hellenistic Shipwreck at Kizilburun, Turkey. She has worked as a field conservator on projects in Texas and Puerto Rico, and she was involved as a diver and conservator for both the Kizilburun Column Wreck Excavation near Izmir, Turkey from 2006-2009 and the Cape Gelidonya Bronze Age Shipwreck near Finike, Turkey in 2010. She served as Interim Head Conservator for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Bodrum, Turkey from 2009-2011.
In 2015, Kim was appointed the Field Director for the QAR excavation.