This is Kimery. She is an adventurer in the truest form of the word: expedition guide, mountaineer, surfer, wilderness EMT, Red Cross instructor, photographer, lifeguard, volunteer firefighter, sea kayaker, teacher, writer.
Kimery is also the executive director of The Expedition School, which she founded on the simple principle of empowering community through outdoor adventure, safety, education and stewardship.
Her business model is based building community, not clientele. She collaborates with organizations at the local, state, national and international level to help make the world a little better. One example is the Expedition School’s ten-year partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful. They host bimonthly cleanups of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin as well as an ongoing stewardship program involving local corporations and schools, resulting in tons of debris collected. Everyone who participates in an Expedition School program contributes to the effort.
Kimery also strives to make sure everybody has a chance to build skills and confidence by interacting with the natural environment, regardless of physical or financial limitations. This video about their recent trip to Colorado for blind and visually impaired teen students says it all. And the Expedition School has a sliding pay scale for all of its programs, making sure that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so.
“I have lived in Austin for 34 years and I know we have to take care of our great organizations, schools and community members,” says Kimery.
Community over clientele. People over profits. What a lifesaving concept!