Kimmer put a ton of time and effort into directing and producing the 2014 talent show and continues her service on the 2015 talent show! Kimmer’s dedication to helping Serve First bring vital nutrients to children makes her an amazing candidate for this honor. Kudos and congratulations Kimmer! Read more about Kimmer below:
1) A short description of yourself. What you like to do, your profession, any family details you would like to contribute.
A memory I will never forget, is at age 3, climbing out of my crib and what a thrill it was! From that one experience I knew I was gifted with a willful passion for choosing life, a body to use in a variety of athletic ways, and a freedom from fear to be an out of the box thinker.
At age 4, I saw a ballet on TV on evening. I had to wait until I was 5 to join a ballet school in Long Beach, California. After 30 years of performing for TV, theater, and MTV videos, hip hop was the rage and I couldn’t fake the auditions for that, so plan B was coming. Changing directions wasn’t easy, but being asked to go on the road with James Taylor as his personal trainer, and health adviser was something I could get used to.
The tours lasted for 4 to 5 month stretches and I did this for three years. Traveling the world and experiencing life in ways I had only dreamt of was a dream come true. Coming off the road James said I would be a greater asset to the team if I became a massage therapist. So during my free time from the road I decided to get my Massage license and also my Esthetics license in the early 90’s. I also had an independent contractor’s license and worked on amazing people in the entertainment, film and music industry.
I built a wonderful clientele, spent a good 15 years working and teaching massage/anatomy until I met my future husband David who was, and is still, a professional musician. He now spends more time composing and writing, which complements his playing.
My husband and I have a son, Jordan, who we are so proud of. He is a passionate, wise, and kind boy. At 15 he plays the drums in the American Music Program (AMP.org) which is a 17 piece big band, which has been wining 1st place competitions worldwide. The band has been chosen to compete at the Lincoln Center in New York with Winton Marsalis for the Essentially Ellington competition this May and their mission is “To Win.”
I love my family the creative space we thrive in. There are times where we are juggling to make all of our events flow, which sometimes they don’t, so we get stressed, and sometimes selfishly overwhelmed. But that’s where Xtra comes in, along with breathing and syncing our calendars together.
The things I like to do are be with my family, meet new liked minded people, take ballet classes, do yoga, hike in nature, paint with acrylics, cook, work in the garden, and do Thi Chi Gung for balancing my mind body connection. Every morning my husband and I take walks in our neighborhood park, or go for long hikes on one of the many nature trails we are blessed to be so close to. My greatest joy is my family, and our Univera community. I’m in the process of taking an exam so I can have an Esthetics practice here in Portland. I’m excited to share our awesome skin care line, W389. Also, I am excited to share our wonderful consumable products because skin care comes from the inside out.
2) What is your favorite Univera product and why?
My favorite Univera products are Xtra, Prime, Aloe, Regenifree, Metagreens, Go Vera and the PQ’s flat bread.
3) What does Serve First mean to you?
Ever since a very young age I have always wanted to be part of a movement that had a mission to support needy families and children of all ages. When I share our Univera story, I share that Serve First is the most important part of who we are. It is also why I’ve been part of Bill Lee’s mission for 10 years now. Serve First means I have a home where I can be part of a community that is giving nutrition to families that deserve to have a healthy body just as much as we do.
4) Describe how you felt when you found out that you had been chose to go on the annual Serve First trip.
When Ralph called and asked me if I would like to join the Serve First/Vitamin Angles team to Nicaragua this year, I had to sit down and take a deep breath. Then I lowered my head in gratitude for such a wonderful gift. At convention every year, when I would see video footage from previous trips, I would send out my intentions that one year I would be asked. After working with Renate Lundberg directing two talent shows to raise money for Serve First, my dream is coming true.
5) What are your expectations about Nicaragua? What do you think it will be like there?
My expectations for Nicaragua are to do what we do best, which is “Be of Service”. I spent 3 months in Brazil while on tour with James seeing the very rich, the very poor, the sick, those with disabilities, the dead animals, and sometimes seeing people lying in the streets not sure if they were asleep or dead. In the beginning it made me feel sick, but after a while, I realized it was normal and I couldn’t do anything about it. Going to Nicaragua, I will be able to complete my dreams and wishes of being able to do something and not feel helpless. Going to Nicaragua, I’ll be able to do the very thing I wanted to do in Brazil.
6) What are you going to do to prepare for your trip? Physically, mentally and emotionally?
Preparing for this trip will include eating really healthy, taking lots of Univera products, and going on long hikes. I just took a 13 mile hike along the Tellamook Head last week, so I plan on doing more of that. While we are in Nicaragua my family will be in New York for Jordan’s Essentially Ellington competition.
Thank you so much for this opportunity!