Thursday, July 30, 2009

Betsy Kimber Spotlight


Betsy Kimber is one of our Staff Supervisors. She is a transplant to Hurricane, Utah from Arkansas. Betsy was born in Oregon, and raised in Arkansas. She attended Pulaski Academy, where she graduated high school with a 4.0 grade point average. She received an academic scholarship to Creighton University in Nebraska. She met her husband Cody there in the spring of 2005, and was married in the Jordan River Temple. Cody persuaded her to move to Southern Utah to finish her degree. Betsy finished her degree at Dixie State College. She has a double major, in English and Psychology and graduated Suma Cum Laude. Betsy is hoping to be accepted in the University of Utah’s Psychology Education masters program when she is finished here. Betsy said when she grows up she wants to be a counselor. She is getting great experience at Diamond Ranch Academy.

Betsy loves to go wake boarding, 4-wheeling, and play basketball. She has traveled all over the world. She has been to countries such as, France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and 49 of the 50 states. She hasn’t been to Alaska. Another really unique thing about Betsy is she is a member of the Color Country Antique Machinery Association (CCAMA). The what? Yes I said, the CCAMA. It is a group of individuals who have perfectly restored antique tractors. They travel to fairs, and events to show off their tractors. Betsy and her husband are the proud owners of a 1950 Oliver tractor. They are excited to be a part of this fun and distinctive association.

Betsy is a blue/white on the color code system. She is a good listener and has reasonable expectations of the girls at Diamond Ranch Academy. She has earned their respect, while showing them respect in return.

Melanie Fox the Night Time Assistant Program Director said the following about Betsy: Betsy is one of our newer staff and has quickly filled the position of staff supervisor. She works hard and is very efficient in the work she does. She is always looking for ideas to make Diamond Ranch the premier youth residential treatment center. Betsy goes above and beyond her call of duty because she truly cares about her job and about the students. I can tell by watching her interactions with the students that she wants the best for them in the program and in life. I feel very blessed to be able to work with Betsy.


Cody Wardle had the following director’s comments: Betsy is awesome. She came to Diamond Ranch Academy with a lot of personal experience and education. Since coming to Diamond Ranch Academy she has been kind and warm and has quickly found a way into the girl’s hearts. Betsy is a great example of the Universal Truth “what goes around comes around”. She is teaching the girls that it is important to do what is right even when no one is watching because it comes back to you. We are glad that she is part of the Diamond Ranch Academy Family.

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