Kim is a Biologist that restarted her federal service in 2014. She currently serves at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center as a Quality Assurance Officer, and has previously conducted research on aquaculture drugs. Earlier federal service at the Hammond Bay Biological Station focused on research to support the sea lamprey control program in the Great Lakes. Since 2019, she has served a detail with the Ecosytems Mission Area as part of the team developing the USGS Quality Management System. Before returning to federal service, Kim was a Biology professor at a small liberal arts university in La Crosse, WI for 18 years. Kim has a B.A. in Biology from Coe College, an M.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.