Kimberly Walton was born in Newark and raised in San Francisco by adoptive parents who separated when she was 3. She bounced between households and at 13 she was declared a ward of the court.
At 14, she arrived at the Windsor home of her new fosterparents, Gene and Janice Schettler, and settled in to become an outspoken civic booster and tireless youth sports supporter.
"Out of the city and into the country life, I moved here with my cat and fell in love with Windsor," said Walton.
"We lived on Silk Road, by the airport, and I had a horse named Charger who I could jump on bareback any time I wanted." Sometimes she rode him all the way to Pohley's Market.
Walton describes her life with the Schettlers as interesting, "because you don't belong. But Windsor made it a place for me to belong. The children accepted me."
Now 50 and the mother of three grown children, she continues to return the favor,
She graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1980, bought her first home in 1988 and three years later got involved with the campaign to incorporate Windsor.
Walton met her second husband, Brian, at a softball game in 1984, and her interest in youth has defined most of her adult life.
Because of her children, she got involved with youth organizations. She helped develop the Boys & Girls Club and start Windsor High School's first softball program.
"What better place to start than by giving our youth an opportunity to be children and to experience life in the manner in which it's supposed to be," she said.
After eight years of volunteering with girls' sports, she went over to the boys' side. While her son was at Windsor High School, she coached wrestling and helped with baseball and football stats.
Since 2011, she has coached JV softball for Ursuline and Cardinal Newman high schools and was recruited to do football stats for Cardinal Newman.
"If you were to tell me that I'd ever coach girls softball at Cardinal Newman, I'd say, 'That's not possible.' But I'm very proud and it's an honor to be a part of the organization."
Walton also was tapped to chair the town's first Parks and Recreation Commission.
"That's when Keiser Park came to flourish," Walton said. She wanted it built for the sake of her children and later joined the board of the budding Windsor Boys & Girls Club as a way to help other children in need.
She was charged with finding potential sites for the new club, so she researched juvenile crime and met with a parole officer from the Los Guillicos Juvenile Justice Center. Eventually she was convinced that middle-school aged children were the ones who needed it most.
Rather than building it at Mattie Washburn Elementary School, the current Brooks Road South location was chosen because of its proximity to Windsor Middle School.