As an English Lit & Elementary Ed major during her undergraduate years, Kim planned to be a primary school teacher. While in college, however, she had the opportunity to be a Resident Assistant – an experience which impacted her profoundly and left her considering Student Affairs as an alternative goal for a career in education. With a passion for international ministry after graduation, she spent a semester in Kenya teaching at the Rift Valley Academy, but returned to the States to pursue Resident Director jobs. God led her from Michigan to George Fox University in Oregon, and after five years there, Kim & her husband had the opportunity to move to Klaipeda, Lithuania as missionaries to serve in the newly-formed Student Life division at LCC International University. They intended to stay for two years, but after seeing the incredible impact LCC was having on the lives of their Eastern European students, they were hooked and stayed for ten. LCC is a Christian liberal arts university where the language of instruction is English, and which draws students from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia due to it’s culturally-unique North American educational model. From 2002-2009, Kim served as the Director of Community Life, overseeing Residence Life and Intercultural programs. In 2009, she was invited to the role of Student Life Vice President, where she oversaw the division for her remaining three years. In 2012, Kim and her husband Andrew felt a clear calling to return to the States to serve at Northwest University and have been grateful for the opportunity to live closer to extended family here in the Pacific Northwest.
Though consistently working with Residence Life programs, Kim has also had the opportunities to oversee housing, counseling services, campus ministries, commuter programs, and student activities. She was also given the privilege of having a lead role on the design teams for the construction of two campus residence halls at LCC, from which a passion developed for linking the concepts of hospitality and the creation of spaces on campus to optimize student growth and learning.
Another passion dear to Kim’s heart is balancing her vocational calling to Student Affairs with her familial calling to her husband & kids. Her husband Andrew is a part-time track coach and full-time dad, and their three Lithuanian-born kiddos, Ieva, Isak & Greta are their greatest gifts.