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Derek 'Lucky' Duin: The talent show blows me away every year. We have such a diverse talent base within our campers that we've seen everything from friendship bracelet tutorials to rock breaking seminars. Now stretching close to three hours, it's always a wonderful day.
Erin 'Agent' Groce: Dancing around with my campers to Disney songs after the Messy Olympics!
Anvita 'Chikoo' Panajkar: My favorite Kesem memory was being able to spend a week with people I had never met before and make lifelong connections that I will never forget.
Leah 'Astro' Dorn: My favorite Kesem memory is spending time with and talking to my campers!
Aly 'Noodle' Willcox: I am excited to experience the excitement and love of MTM and hopefully be able to have just as much success for the organization as we did last year.
Camryn 'Fudge' Lesser: My favorite Kesem memory is always the first day of camp every year. I love reuniting with all the returning campers and meeting all the new ones. It's the best start to the greatest week of the year!
Rocio 'Waterbug' Antelis: My favorite Kesem memory is Empowerment because we all grow closer. I remember having a Blue Girls hug afterward and we sang Lean On Me together.
Payton 'Croc' Wilber: My favorite Kesem memory was my first year at camp as a counselor and learning the true meaning of Kesem magic.
Tori 'Heinz' Andrews: I am most excited to spend my first summer at Kesem and for Kesem National Leadership Summit this fall!
Emma 'Library' Wallace: My favorite Kesem memory is watching all of the campers bust out their best moves at the all-camp dance party. Also, of course, dancing to the new Jonas Brothers' songs and the Camp Rock songs with the green girls!
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.
Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.