Kimera conducted multimillion dollar campaigns at Emporia State University $25 million, Michigan Technological University ($140 million), and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire $50 million – all of which exceeded their goals ahead of schedule.

She served as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, including the second-best fundraising year in its 50-year history. Kimera co-authored a book on public relations. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming and her Master of Organizational Communication from the University of Kansas.