Imagine starting a new job the day a pandemic forces the business to close its doors to visitors. That is exactly what Kim Toussaint experienced when she began her new position as Vesterheim’s Associate Director of Development and Campaign Manager in mid-March. By the second day on the job, she was working from home full-time and meeting her new co-workers on video calls rather than in person.
Despite the unusual start, Kim’s management skills and warm personality allowed her to hit the ground running. Kim, who claims Worthington, Minnesota, as her hometown, is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University with a degree in marketing and business administration. Before coming to Vesterheim, Kim worked as an administrative assistant at Merrill Lynch, a volunteer coordinator for RSVP, and as an assistant at an attorney’s office. When asked what drew her to Vesterheim, Kim shared, “I am delighted to be a part of a community of people connected by their desire to share the story of immigration from one place and how it is reflected in the story of immigration today.”
Outside of work, Kim enjoys baking, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She lives in Decorah with her husband and two daughters.