Fall Friends + Family Day
Spring Friends + Family Day
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Antoniette “Fuji” Jabat: Hello! My name is Fuji (after my favorite dog in the world) and I am currently a 3rd year majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Biology at CSU Long Beach. In my spare time, I love to read and play with my dogs. Kesem means so much to me because of all the amazing people I have met and I am super excited to have a great first year
Teresa “Pinecone” Zhong: Hello! Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! I’m Pinecone! Your first year Director along with my awesome counterpart! I absolutely love to travel. I also love any spontaneous adventures! Over my summers, I teach children how to swim and it’s the most magical thing in the world. Being able to being part of Kesem will be even more magical. I will be able to watch children’s life be changed for the better. The impact I can make on just one child will make all our hard work worth it.
Camille “Bananas” Samala: Hii! My name is Bananas, I’m a 4th year Communications major. I am part of Kesem because I want to make a change in the community and the lives of other people beyond my community. I love the positive and inspiring messages camp Kesem brings not only for the kids but also the ones around them!
Brooke “Bubbles” D’Orlando: Hi my name is Bubbles! I’m a senior at CSU Long Beach and I’m majoring in Health Science. Camp Kesem is an amazing opportunity to make an impact in a child’s life and I’m excited that Cal State Long Beach finally has a chapter! I think it’s important that kids have a good support system to grow and I hope I can help make a change in someone’s life.
Denise “Laa-Laa” Pham: Hi hello hey! My name is Laa-Laa and I am a third year Kinesiology major. I’m so humbled to be a part of Long Beach’s first year of camp and even more hyped for the Kesem magic yet to come. My greatest joy in life is to see others smile and so I’m really excited to see all the smiles we’ll bring to these kids at camp this year!
Zoe “Tinkerbell” Marley: Hello! My name is Tinkerbell! I chose this name because I’ve loved the movie ever since I was young and I like to wear my hair in a bun. I am a freshman mathematics education major. I was a camper for two years and this will be my first year as a counselor. I Kesem because camp is a home away from home and a family I can always rely on. I like to read books, go to the beach, and hang out with friends.
Maxwell “Spruce” La Forest: Hello!! My name is Spruce and I am part of the Camp Kesem team to help create an amazing experience for those who are going through some type of hardship. I want this camp to be a special moment that they look back at and something they look forward to come to.
Nicholas “Dinosaur” Dinh: Howdy dowdy! My name is Dinosaur and I am a 5th year Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology major with a minor in Chemistry! I am a part of Camp Kesem because I want to make some of the happiest and most unforgettable experiences for counselors and campers alike. I look forward to making those memories and I can’t wait to commence with camp in the summer!
Brigitta “Poppy” Fields: My name is Poppy, I am a second year Health Science major at CSULB. I am part of Camp Kesem because it is such an amazing cause that has great meaning. To be included in a group that has the chance to provide happiness in these kids live’s is an opportunity I could never pass up.
Brittany “Sunflower” Cheung: My name is Sunflower and I’m a 4th year Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology major. I am super stoked to be one of the Outreach co-coordinator and contribute all that I can. I’m part of Kesem because working with kids has always been a passion of mine. I love to be positive and enjoy having fun!
Alexis “Coconut” Truong: Hi! My name Coconut and I’m a freshman at CSULB, currently majoring in Business Management! Camp Kesem gives me the opportunity to meet amazing new friends and support kids through laughter and fun!!
Christopher “Skippy” Barrientos: My name is Skippy! I am a 5th year at CSULB. My major is biology with an option in molecular cell biology and physiology. I am from Lakewood, CA, I have a pet rabbit, and in my free time I enjoy playing basketball. I am a part of Camp Kesem because I want to be a part of organizing a camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer.
Chloe “Meeko” Olvera: Hi!!! I am Meeko and a 3rd year Kinesiology: Exercise Science major at CSULB. I love kickboxing, yoga, biking, and hiking. I’m also a loving mother of two dogs. I’m part of Camp Kesem because of my family members who were affected by cancer. I saw the struggles of what both my family and I experienced so I hope to be a ray of sunshine for all the campers I have the pleasure of meeting!
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.
Chelsea joined the Camp Kesem National staff as a Regional Program Director for the Southern California region in 2018. A Sacramento native, she made the jump to SoCal to attend UCLA, where is was involved with Kesem all four years. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Education, and a passion for working with children. Even though she misses her dog back in Sacramento, she loves living in LA. In her free time, you can find Chelsea eating ice cream, catching up on the latest in pop culture, going to concerts, or exploring the city.
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