Kimberly is a Research Plant Pathologist with the Soil Management and Sugar Beet Research Unit of USDA-ARS located in Fort Collins, CO. She has a B.S. in Agronomy from Colorado State University and earned her doctoral degree from Kansas State University in Plant Pathology. After earning her PhD, Kimberly gained experience working with the vegetable seed industry when she joined STA Laboratories and served as their Seed Health Manager. While at STA Laboratories she was responsible for the development and validation of seed health assays for vegetable and row seed crops. In 2008, Kimberly joined USDA-ARS where she now works on characterizing fungal plant pathogens and their interactions with their hosts. Her role with the CPPSI includes serving as the liaison to the American Phytopathological Society hosting committee (Germplasm and Collections), assisting with the distribution of pathogen differential sets and the development of new fungal differential sets.