1586 Stamper’s Bay Road
Hartfield, VA 23071
Fall Friends + Family Day
November 17, 2018
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Spring Friends + Family Day
April 27, 2019
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Clare “Canter” Yordy is so excited and honored to be director again at GMU! Canter is a junior government major and absolutely loves working with kids. She went to camp herself at Camp Kesem UVA for 10 years and loves being a part of the Kesem family. She does Kesem so kids who have been affected by a parents cancer never feel alone or unsupported. She can’t wait to put on the best camp ever!! Canter got her camp name because when she first went to camp she loved horses, the name just stuck!
Dana “Icee” Kahle is a senior at GMU studying biology! She picked her camp name when she was 7 years old and a big fan of those iconic 7/11 drinks. Her favorite camp activity is gaga ball and she is so excited for camp this year!!
Elizabeth “Gucci” McPherson is very excited to work with Camp Kesem! She is a junior, majoring in Cyber Security, and is extremely excited to officially have the name Gucci.
Julienne “Dumpling” Gatbonton currently is a senior at GMU majoring in Chemistry with concentration in Biochemistry. After deciding long and hard about her camp name with the help of her fellow kesem mates, she finally decided to go with dumpling because she is full of joy like a dumpling!
Simran “Cinnamon” Dugh is a second year biology major and pre-med student who hopes to one day become a pediatric oncologist, and she thought this would be a great club to join in order to help her achieve her goals! Her camp name is Cinnamon because her dad calls her Cinnamon and her name sounds so close to it that people have actually mistaken her name for Cinnamon.
Izz “Totoro” LaMagdeleine: I am a sophomore studying communications and government. I really love my cat, Big Boy; Fourth Estate, the greatest newspaper in all of Mason; and music! I’m super excited to be on the cord board this year; this is gonna be so much fun!!
Makayla “Mickey” Kowalski: Hello! I’m Makayla — aka Mickey. I am a freshman at George Mason University. I am originally from Arizona and moved to Virginia about five years ago. I have a Morkie (Maltese-Yorkie mix) that I love like she’s my child. I love volunteer work, and was so excited when I heard about Camp Kesem when I got to George Mason. This is my first year being involved in Kesem and can’t wait to see where it takes me!
Robert “Bob the Builder” Sykes Jr.: It wasn’t a parent’s cancer that drew me to Kesem; it was the passion for Camp Kesem that a friend displayed. As I first started to get involved in Camp Kesem, I immediately felt the CK love; I had a great experience at camp and saw the impact it had on the campers. I didn’t want other children going through a parents cancer to miss out on this amazing opportunity. I was inspired to become an Outreach coordinator and increase the likelihood that other children can have this experience.
Zara “Shortcake” Asif is a senior at GMU studying bioengineering. She got the nickname Shortcake as a kid because her cousins thought she was short and sweet! This is her second year being a coordinator for CK and she can’t wait to get started!
Brooke “Cookie” Lewitas: I’m a first year communication major with a concentration in Journalism and I’m from Long Island, New York.
Karl “Neptune” Ziegler: I am a junior at George Mason University majoring in Earth Science with a concentration in Geology and I have a minor in Paleontology. This will be my second year with Camp Kesem as I was a counselor for Kesem GMU last year. I play the alto saxophone in the GMU pep band called the Green Machine. I work part time at Panera to help pay for college. I like to play video games in my free time, but I also love to hike, camp, and just be outdoors. Also, I like long walks on the beach.
In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.
The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.
Zach joined the Camp Kesem National staff in 2017 as a Regional Program Director. Before doing so, he served as Co-Director at the University of Richmond, where he graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Zach now resides in Washington, D.C.